Kazakh tennis star Alexander Bublik had a short but honest message for Andy Murray after their Indian Wells Masters clash. Bublik, ranked at No. 33 in the world, clinched his first victory over former world No. 1 Murray after handing the Briton a 7-6 (9) 6-3 loss in Indian Wells.
"I'm so lucky you're 10 years older than me," Bublik told Murray at the net after the match.
Bublik explains his message
It was the third meeting between the two and the first win for Bublik over Murray.
Murray and Bublik met for the first time at 2017 Wimbledon and back then the Briton claimed a routine straight-set win. It took five years for the two to again meet as Murray defeated Bublik in Rotterdam last month. On Sunday, Bublik finally got his first win over Murray.
"I said that I was lucky because he is 10 years older than me because that's true. He's an unbelievable player and the courage he has in him after winning so many tournaments, going through so many injuries. I mean, I can't understand that," Bublik explained to Tennis Channel, as quoted on Sportskeeda.
." But for someone, for the young guys, this is inspiration. That's how I see that." Murray had his chances in the first set but failed to convert any of his three set points in the tie-break. After the match, Bublik admitted that winning the first set was the key for him.
"First time I lost I was 19 and he was No. 1 in the world. That doesn't count. At Rotterdam, I was coming off a final and he was playing really well. We had a tough battle over two hours. Here, the key moment was to win a tie-break finally," Bublik added.
Bublik now has another tough task ahead of him as he plays next former world No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov. It remains to be seen if Bublik can beat Dimitrov and progress into the quarterfinal.