Indian Wells 2021: Carlos Alcaraz vs Andy Murray preview, head to head and prediction

Match details

Accessory: (30) Carlos Alcaraz vs. (WC) Andy Murray

Date: October 10, 2021

Tournament: BNP Paribas Open

Round: Second round (Round of 64)

Campus: Indian Wells, United States

Category: ATP Masters 1000

Surface: Hard court

Prize money: $ 8,761,725

Live broadcast: USA – Tennis Channel and ESPN | UK – Amazon Prime Video

Carlos Alcaraz vs Andy Murray preview

Former Indian Wells runner-up Andy Murray will cross swords with rising star Carlos Alcaraz in the second round of the 2021 BNP Paribas Open.

Murray beat Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 6-2 in the first round, while Alcaraz received a goodbye courtesy of his seed.

Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, did not have it as easy as the score suggests. The Brit was forced to move quite a bit and was put to the test by Mannarino’s flat groundstrokes. However, the Scotsman’s 82% win rate on the first serve helped him get ahead in straight sets.

Indian Wells is the only hardcourt Masters 1000 event missing from Murray’s trophy cabinet. But considering the fact that he is on the last lap of his illustrious career, it won’t be easy for the 34-year-old to get his hands on the title this time around.

Carlos Alcaraz, who makes his Indian Wells debut this year, is no longer just a dark horse at big events, but a serious contender to go all the way. His performances at the US Open proved that he has the ability to compete with the best on the biggest stage.

Alcaraz did well to beat players like Cameron Norrie and Stefanos Tsitsipas en route to the quarterfinals, where an unfortunate injury forced him to withdraw midway through his match against Felix Auger-Aliassime.

The second-round match against Murray in Indian Wells will be the 18-year-old Spaniard’s first touring match since the US Open.

Carlos Alcaraz vs Andy Murray head to head

Andy Murray and Carlos Alcaraz have never crossed paths on tour before, so their head-to-head is 0-0.

Prediction Carlos Alcaraz vs Andy Murray

Andy Murray practicing at the BNP Paribas Open
Andy Murray practicing at the BNP Paribas Open

Andy Murray has posted some good results recently, including wins over Denis Kudla, Ugo Humbert and Vasek Pospisil. He also came close to beating Stefanos Tsitsipas at the US Open, where he led by two sets to one before losing in five.

However, facing Carlos Alcaraz, who imparts tremendous topspin on his groundstrokes, will present an entirely new challenge for the Brit in slow Indian Wells conditions.

Alcaraz has the ability to push his opponents well beyond the baseline with the incredible amount of topspin he generates. Murray will require a lot of strength and control to deal with Alcaraz’s shots, and that could wear him down as the game progresses.

Murray’s main advantage lies in the fact that he has played a fair amount of tennis after the US Open, while Alcaraz has not. The match’s lack of sharpness could hurt the Indian Wells rookie in the early stages, but once he finds his footing, he should be able to hit Murray.

Prediction: Carlos Alcaraz to win in three sets.


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