Andy Murray must avoid Roger Federer mistake to defeat Alexander Zverev at Indian Wells

Andy Murray says he's in the 'bad books' after losing ring

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Andy Murray may be able to use Roger Federer’s past experience against Alexander Zverev to give him the best chance of progressing to the fourth round at Indian Wells. Murray holds a perfect record against Zverev having last faced off against the German in Cincinnati last year.

That victory little over 12 months ago was arguably Murray’s biggest win since making his comeback from injury.

Since then, the former British No 1 has been trying to rediscover his best form.

And the American swing this summer has seen Murray record impressive performances against Stefanos Tsitsipas and Ugo Humbert.

Things have come together nicely at Indian Wells too with the 34-year-old coming back from a set down to defeat Spanish teen sensation Carlos Alcaraz in the previous round.

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He now faces No 3 seed Zverev with the German desperate to record his first win over Murray.

The three-time Grand Slam champion is the only member of the ‘Big Four’ who Zverev hasn’t beaten in his career.

Zverev has beaten Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Federer a combined 10 times with an impressive record against each three.

His last meeting against Federer came in a dramatic quarter-final clash at the Shanghai Masters.


Zverev came out on top in three sets, but Federer looked as though he was going to seal victory at one stage.

However, the Swiss tennis icon was guilty of losing his cool at the start of the third set and Zverev took full advantage.

Murray has similarly let his frustrations get the better of him on court at times in his career but he won’t be able to slip into old habits against Zverev.

The 24-year-old is in excellent form this summer having won the Cincinnati Masters as well as pushing Novak Djokovic all the way in the semi-finals at the US Open.

Zverev will be the strong favourite against Murray, but as long as the former British No 1 can keep his cool then he’ll have every chance of causing an upset.

“It’s not easy playing with metal hips, not easy with everything that goes into prepping and getting ready for these events. It is challenging but these wins make it worth it,” Murray said.

“I do genuinely believe I can win tournaments again, can have big results against the top players. There’s nothing that has happened recently to change that, barring the Denis Shapovalov match that I played at Wimbledon where I got smoked.

“Otherwise there is nothing in any of the matches that I played since to make me doubt I can still win.”

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