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Indian Wells (United States) (AFP)
Third-seeded German Alexander Zverev will face Britain’s Andy Murray in the third round of the Indian Wells Tournament, the seventh of the 1,000-point Masters tournament this season, after their difficult victory over American Jenson Broxby and Spaniard Carlos Alcaras, respectively.
Each of the players needed three sets to reach the third round. Zverev, who was exempted from the first round, won 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, while Murray won 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.
Zverev needed an hour and 48 minutes to settle his confrontation with Broxby, after he suffered a lot of direct errors (35), but he compensated for that with his aces (12) and successful kicks (28 against 17 for his opponent) to come out victorious.
The German, who is ranked fourth in the world and won gold in the Tokyo Olympics last summer and two titles in the thousand-point tournament this season (Madrid and Cincinnati), hopes to go far in this session, unlike his previous four participations (he was eliminated from the fourth round in 2016 and the third in 2017 and 2019 and the second in 2018).
But the 24-year-old collides in the third round with the 34-year-old veteran Murray, who continues his quest to restore something from his previous level after falling in the professional classification to 121st place due to repeated injuries and surgeries.
The third-round confrontation between Zverev and Murray, who has won three major titles in his career and 14 in the 1,000-point Masters tournaments, but the last of which dates back to 2016, that is, in the year during which he crowned his last big title as well, will be the fourth between the players and the opportunity appears more than ever for the German to regain Considering him after losing the previous three confrontations with the Briton, the last of which was last year in the second round of the Cincinnati Masters Tournament.
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