Alexander Zverev Indian Wells 2021

Alexander Zverev reveals ‘Big Four’ record he ‘wants to change’

The Indian Wells third round match-up between Alexander Zverev and Andy Murray gives the German a chance to rectify a personal record. 

The German overcame American youngster Jenson Brooksby at Indian Wells to set up a third career meeting with Murray.

Zverev first faced the Brit when he was 18 and ranked 83rd in the world at the 2016 Australian Open. Murray, ranked second in the world, won out in straight sets for the loss of just six games that day.

In 2020, the pair met once more, with Murray now ranked at 134 in the world and Zverev at seventh. Still, the Brit claimed victory in three sets.

“I think he’s the only one of the Big Four I haven’t beaten yet,” Zverev said ahead of their meeting. “So I hope I can change that.

“I think it’s incredible how well he’s moving and incredible how well he’s playing. I think he’s very motivated so I hope I can show my best tennis.”

Zverev has 10 combined wins in 26 meetings with Federer, Nadal and Djokovic. He even has a 4-3 win-loss record over Federer. Against Nadal his record is 3-6 and against Djokovic it is 3-7.

Moreover, Zverev has beaten both Federer and Djokovic at Masters 1000 finals, and defeated Djokovic in the 2018 ATP Finals final.

Of course, Murray has been injured over much of the course of Zverev’s rise to the top of the men’s game.

Still, the world number four will want to reverse his fortunes against Murray come their match-up under the desert sun.

In addition, should Zverev win the encounter, he would equal his best ever Indian Wells result. The 24-year-old reached the fourth round on his main draw debut in 2016.