Alexander Zverev has been sent a warning after defeating Andy Murray at Indian Wells. The German continued his fine form with a 6-4, 7-6(4) victory over the former world No 1 in the third round and will face the entertaining Gael Monfils in the round of 16.
The Frenchman has returned to form in 2021 and notched his spot in the next round with a win over South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 7-5, 6-2.
He’s coming off a good run from the Sofia Open final at the beginning of the month and he has outlined his approach to beating the Olympic Champion.
“In any case, I put myself in the situation to play against big players again. The more I play, the more I hope to titillate them. Why not try to beat them, quite simply?,” Monfils said in his post-match press conference.
“I recently played Rublev, Sinner, this is Zverev, a big game. I’m going to try to be more aggressive, for sure, try to serve better.
“I feel good in general, but I know that I can play better. I don’t think so. not that I play very well, but I adapted well to the conditions here when I came out of Sofia.”
Zverev is in arguably the best form of his career, with the 23-year-old having only lost one match since winning the Olympic gold medal in August.
Following his exit from the tournament, Murray gave a one-word tweet to sum up his thoughts, which read: “F***.”
Murray admitted that he he did not play well, saying he felt that there was ‘no consistency’ in his performance.
He said: “I don’t think I played well today.There was some good stuff in there, but it was mixed in with bad. There was no consistency.
“I’m disappointed because I want to be winning these matches. I haven’t in the last few months. Yeah, something needs to change.”
Another aspect the Brit feels he needs to improve on to make a move back towards his scintillating best is the mindset that helped him reach the pinnacle of the sport throughout the past decade.
He went on to add: “If you’re not quite feeling your shots that well, are not sure how the ball’s going to come out of your racket sometimes, that’s when there’s a little bit of indecision. You change your mind, and that’s when the mistakes can come.
“I guess it’s a case of getting through some of those matches. Just keep building, and hopefully get back to winning tournaments.”
It has been reported today Murray plans to skip the Davis Cup Finals following his loss to Zverev.
The Brit is not confident his tennis has been good enough to warrant a spot in captain Leon Smith’s Great Britain squad and confirmed he will rest up ahead of the Australian Open in 2022.
“That would be up to Leon, but I’m not sure I deserve to play in that team,” Muzza told the BBC.
“Right now, I’m not planning on playing the Davis Cup and with the late finish to it, and early departure to Australia, with my schedule between now and the end of the year, I am going to have to rest and take a break and give my body a chance to breathe.”