Alexander Zverev has now defeated all of the Big 4! The big German was 0-2 lifetime against Andy Murray, but he turned the tables on the Scot Tuesday afternoon at Indian Wells.
Zverev went down an early break but came back to take the first, then, after choking to serve it out in the second he got it done in the breaker for the 6-4, 7-6(4) win.
“He’s the only one of the Big Four that I hadn’t beaten yet, so I’m happy that I’ve done it today,” Zverev told the crowd. “Obviously it was a fantastic match. I thought Andy played extremely well, maybe as well as he’s played since the surgery. I hope he continues playing the same way, because tennis did miss him for a long time and I think it’s good to have him back.”
Serving for it at 6-5, Zverev completely fell apart, gaffing on a overhead smash to give Murray the break right back.
“I always stayed in the match, even though I was down a break in both sets. I always knew I had a chance. Especially the second set I think was an extremely high level from both of us. It could have gone both ways.”
The gold medalist has now won 19 of his last 20 as he heads to today’s encounter against Gael Monfils. The Frenchman has now issues with Kevin Anderson in a straight set win.
Stefanos Tsitsipas came from a set down to deny Fabio Fognini 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. Fognini wasn’t pleased with the Greek after the watch — seems to be the norm — but it was the Italian who received a coaching warning and he also took a lengthy toilet break.
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) October 13, 2021
Tsitsipas gets Alex De Minaur today.
Wimbledon finalist Matteo Berrettini was eliminated by the California kid Taylor Fritz 6-4, 6-3. He’ll take on Jannik Sinner.
“I had a really clear strategy on top of just doing what I do,” said Fritz. “Big first serves, attacking the first ball, trying to be aggressive and play to my strengths to try and make him uncomfortable as much as I could.”
And Nikolaz Basilashvili and Karen Khachanov also advanced to a meeting today.
With a full day of fourth round, Daniil Medvedev returns to take on Grigor Dimitrov. Casper Ruud and Hubert Hurkacz are in action.
WEDNESDAY INDIAN WELLS SCHEDULE
STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
ATP –  D. Schwartzman (ARG) vs  C. Ruud (NOR)
ATP –  D. Medvedev (RUS) vs  G. Dimitrov (BUL)
Not Before 3:00 PM
WTA –  V. Azarenka (BLR) vs  J. Pegula (USA)
Not Before 6:00 PM
WTA – S. Rogers (USA) vs  J. Ostapenko (LAT)
ATP –  G. Monfils (FRA) vs  A. Zverev (GER)
STADIUM 2 start 11:00 am
ATP –  A. Karatsev (RUS) vs  H. Hurkacz (POL)
ATP – T. Paul (USA) vs  C. Norrie (GBR)
ATP –  T. Fritz (USA) vs  J. Sinner (ITA)
Not Before 6:00 pm
ATP –  A. de Minaur (AUS) vs  S. Tsitsipas (GRE)
ATP –  N. Mektic (CRO) / M. Pavic (CRO) vs  J. Peers (AUS) / F. Polasek (SVK)
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