TennisSection previews the 2021 Indian Wells Open as Alexander Zverev takes on Andy Murray in the Round of 32 on Tuesday, October 12th, 2021.
Will Alexander Zverev move on? Will Andy Murray pull off the upset? This will be an interesting one, where we have a very exciting matchup, one of the world’s top players takes on a legend trying to make a comeback. Who will move onto the Round of 16 at the 2021 Indian Wells Open?
Alexander Zverev played an alright match to set up this meeting with Andy Murray, struggling against Brooksby and dropping a set. Brooksby does have a similar playstyle to Murray, so I do think Zverev has already adjusted to the conditions and to the way the ball moves, as we’ve had faster courts in the last few tournaments. The conditions here are brutally slow, and I just feel like Zverev will be hitting too big and too deep consistently for Murray, more of Murray’s shots will travel short than Zverev’s, and because of that, I definitely feel like Zverev will be the one who is dictating play from the back of the court and taking advantage of a lot more opportunities to book himself a spot in the Round of 16 at the 2021 Indian Wells Open.
Andy Murray got a fantastic win over Carlos Alcaraz, rallying back from a set down to take it in an epic 3 hours. With the very tough draws that he’s been getting, he won’t be happy to hear that he has to take on Alexander Zverev to move through at the 2021 Indian Wells Open. While Murray has a shot to beat him, especially because of the slow conditions, Zverev is playing so well from the back of the court, that Murray will have to come up with something special to take him out. Zverev’s groundstrokes are so big and penetrative, unlike Murray’s which fall short sometimes, Zverev will be able to jump on those opportunities often, the serve is also a big factor. We all know how huge Zverev is serving, Murray, however, could have some more pop on his serve, I feel like Zverev will be super aggressive off second serves, so Murray essentially has to play the perfect match here to stand a chance, trying to serve at a very high first serve percentage if he wants to move through here at the 2021 Indian Wells Open.
Alexander Zverev and Andy Murray have met twice before, with Andy Murray leading the head to head 2-0. Their first meeting is irrelevant, coming in 2016 at the Australian Open, with Murray winning easily, still being in his peak at the time. Their last meeting came in 2020 Cincinnati, with Murray actually somehow winning that match, despite just starting his comeback and Zverev already being a cemented top 10 player at the time. However, at the moment I would argue Zverev is a top 3 player in terms of level, and with the way that he’s hitting from the back of the court and serving, I expect him to just get on top of Murray’s shots and play a game that’s too big for Murray to handle and be able to generate any of his own opportunities off of. Let’s see if Zverev can make a strong showing and prove that he has the level to be a title contender at the 2021 Indian Wells Open.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Alexander Zverev to win in 2 sets.
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