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Sport Andy Murray copies Nick Kyrgios as he pulls out cheeky underarm serve at Indian Wells

02:45  11 october  2021
02:45  11 october  2021 Source:   express.co.uk

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Andy Murray entertained the crowd in Indian Wells when he hit an underarm serve for the first time in his career during his second-round match. Having lost the first set after leading by a break, the former world No 1 managed to hold for a 2-1 lead on serve when he recreated Nick Kyrgios' trademark shot in style, managing to ace 30th seed Alcaraz with the cheeky shot.

Murray got off to a strong start when he broke the 18-year-old at the first time of asking, though the young Spaniard was able to get back on serve later in the opening set.

After holding match points at 5-4 on Alcaraz's serve, the three-time Grand Slam champion was unable to capitalise and found himself broken in the very next game, as the 30th seed in Indian Wells then held to take the opening set 7-5.

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In true Murray fashion, the former world No 1 responded and held his nerve in the second set, resetting as he managed to win his opening service game of the second set.

After looking like he was in some trouble while serving at 1-1, the 34-year-old looked to fellow ATP player and one of his friends on tour - Nick Kyrgios - for inspiration to close the game out.

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Andy Murray hit an underarm serve for the first time in his career against Carlos Alcaraz © Amazon Prime Video Andy Murray hit an underarm serve for the first time in his career against Carlos Alcaraz

Murray hit an underarm serve for the first time in his career, and found success with the cheeky shot as he secured an ace to seal the game.

The Brit continued to gain momentum following his underarm ace, breaking Alcaraz shortly after before securing the second set 6-3 to force a decider against the world No 38.

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Murray had been complimentary of his opponent ahead of their second-round encounter, going as far as to declare Alcaraz a future world No 1.

"He's already a fantastic player but he's got bags of potential," the 46-time title winner said of the Spanish teenager.

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"I think there are a few guys that can obviously get there but just from watching him, I don't see many flaws for a young player.

"From what I've seen, he's got all the tools to be at the top of the game very soon.

"I think physically he's extremely strong and moves great around the court. He obviously plays well on the clay and on the hard courts which isn't the case for all the young guys."

Murray also revealed he had spoken with Alcaraz's coach, former world No 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero, and liked what he heard about the 18-year-old's work ethic.

The Brit continued: "He's got a big game and I think he's got a good attitude.

"I spoke a little bit to his coach Juan Carlos Ferrero about him and he said he's a good worker and he loves tennis and is very humble and stuff but believes in himself a lot.

"I think that from watching him and then chatting to you the guy who's coaching him who obviously has got a lot of experience up at the top of the game.

"They would be the reasons I think he will be world No 1. There are no guarantees but I would say he's got the ability potentially to get there."

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