Andy Murray battled Alexander Zverev each step of the way in which however was in the end unable to beat the German third seed on the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, falling 6-4 7-6 (4).
The Scottish former world primary started the third spherical conflict in tremendous type, racing away to an early break earlier than Zverev was capable of settle into his rhythm and narrowly take the primary set.
The second set started in related vogue, with Murray once more going up a break earlier than permitting Zverev again into the match.
Murray made essentially the most of some uncharacteristic errors from Zverev to pressure a tiebreak, however the 2020 US Open finalist was capable of win the essential factors down the stretch to make it via to the fourth spherical.
Zverev paid tribute to Murray’s efficiency in his on-court interview after the match.
“He’s the one one of many Massive 4 that I hadn’t overwhelmed but, so I’m comfortable that I’ve executed it as we speak,” he stated.
“I all the time stayed within the match, although I used to be down a break in each units. I all the time knew I had an opportunity. Particularly the second set I believe was an especially excessive stage from each of us. It may have gone each methods.
“Clearly it was a implausible match. I believed Andy performed extraordinarily nicely, perhaps in addition to he’s performed for the reason that (hip) surgical procedure. I hope he continues enjoying the identical approach, as a result of tennis did miss him for a very long time and I believe it’s good to have him again.”