British Olympian Andy Murray beat Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz 5-7 6-3 6-2 to reach the third round at Indian Wells. The game was extremely entertaining as Murray raced into a 3-0 lead before getting pegged back to 4-4.
The 34-year-old Murray broke twice in the decider on the way to taking a captivating match against the 18-year-old in three hours and three minutes.
“It was a brutal match, really tough conditions,” Murray told Amazon. “The way I fought after losing the first set was great because I feel I should have won that first set.
“I created lots of chances but didn’t take them. It would’ve been easy to let that slip away but I kept fighting and finished it well.”
The victory will provide Murray, who is 121st in the men’s rankings, with plenty of encouragement as he continues his latest comeback after four disrupted years following a major hip injury.
He will play third seed Alexander Zverev in the next round after the German defeated American Jenson Brooksby 6-4 3-6 6-1.
“The courts are painfully slow here,” added Murray. “I was thinking about using it [the underarm serve] again in the third set.
“He changed his return position towards the end of the first, he started going further back and I was like ‘just give it a go and see’.
“I used it, it worked well and maybe I’ll use it again in the future if guys are going to stand that far back and they’re going to make courts like this.”