Andy Murray and Carlos Alcaraz - Indian Wells 2021

Andy Murray reveals what he ‘loves’ about Carlos Alcaraz

Andy Murray has revealed what he loves about watching world No.1 Carlos Alcaraz, as the Brit relives the 2023 men’s Wimbledon singles final.

Murray was the last person to beat Novak Djokovic on Wimbledon’s Centre Court back in 2013, before Alcaraz defeated the Serb in the five-set final last month.

The three-time Grand Slam champion praised the Spaniard’s game, “The thing that I love about watching him [Alcaraz] is just the freedom that he plays with and part of that is youth I think. I just hope he doesn’t lose that.

“That’s the one thing I would love to just see him continue to play that sort of style of tennis that he plays with. The drop shots or serve-volleys. Sometimes it looks a little bit Kamikaze, but he just is totally instinctive. And I love that.”

Murray was actually spotted in the crowd at SW19 watching the final, and revealed that it was the first time he had watched a full match from the stands ‘for a long time’.

“I thought that the last few sets were really good. It was very hard conditions that day. I don’t know on the TV how easy it was to see but it was really windy, but it wasn’t like consistent wind. It was blustery and lots of gusts,” explained Murray. “The first couple of sets, tennis-wise, I didn’t think were amazing. But I thought the last few sets considering how hard it was, there was some brilliant, brilliant stuff in there and I really enjoyed the final.”

He continued, “I learned a lot from it and could have gone either way. Novak had his chance at the beginning of the fifth set. But Alcaraz did incredibly well to win that particularly after the first set because it was really quick. Novak looked great, really comfortable. He did really well to win it.

“There was one point right at the end of the second set where Novak missed a couple of backhands in a row. I think it was on the set point and then the point straight afterwards, which maybe changed things a little bit. It would have been hard to come back from to sets down. But yeah, it was a good match.”

Both Murray and Alcaraz are still in action at the Toronto Masters this week, following respective wins over Max Purcell and Ben Shelton, and will compete in their third round matches later today.

Andy Murray vs Carlos Alcaraz head-to-head

Although Murray has been very complimentary about Alcaraz, we at Tennishead wanted to look back at their two meetings against each other:

Murray vs Alcaraz: 1-1

  1. Murray beat Alcaraz, 5-7 6-3 6-2 (Indian Wells 2021)
  2. Alcaraz beat Murray, 6-3 6-3 (Vienna 2021)

Matthew Johns, Tennishead Writer, is a professional tennis journalist with a specialist degree in Sports Journalism. He's a keen tennis player having represented his local club and University plus he's also a qualified tennis coach. Matthew has a deep knowledge of tennis especially the ATP Tour and thrives on breaking big tennis news stories for Tennishead.