Former world No. 1 Andy Murray spoke extremely highly of Carlos Alcaraz following their clash at the Indian Wells Masters as he was glad that he managed to beat the Spaniard. Murray, who received a wild card into Indian Wells, recovered from a set down to beat Alcaraz 5-7 6-3 6-2 and progress into the third round.
“He’s obviously got so much potential, so much firepower and these conditions it’s not easy to finish points off quickly, but he’s able to because he has so much pace from the back of the court so I had to fight extremely hard, coming back from a set down," Murray said in his on-court interview, per the ATP website.
"I felt like in the second set he played maybe better. First set I felt like I had more of the opportunities but didn’t get it so yeah, happy with the way I fought. He's a top-drawer young player."
Murray confident in his abilities
"I feel like I can still compete at the top of the game regardless of how many people tell me to stop & I shouldn't keep going and whatever.
To play in front of a pretty packed crowd here at this event, it was a brilliant atmosphere & I enjoyed it; it's why I'm still playing," Murray acknowledged, per Reem Abulleil. Murray pulled off a successful underarm serve against Alcaraz.
"He started standing further back to return to the 1st serve, the courts are painfully slow here, I wasn't getting many free points with my 1st serve, I served 3 aces in the whole match and 1 of them was the underarm serve," Murray said of his underarm serve.
"I was thinking about using it again in the 3rd set but didn't. First time I've ever done it in a match and got the ace, so maybe I'll try again in the future against guys standing that far back."