Murray is out of the tournament for the fourth time in Indian Wells. Zverev beats Murray to advance to the next round
Alexander Zverev recorded his first career win over Andy Murray on Tuesday, winning 6-4 7-6(4) to advance to the fourth round at Indian Wells.
Murray, who had defeated the German in their previous two encounters, went out to a 3-0 lead and appeared to unnerve the 24-year-old by standing well inside the court when returning his second serves.
Zverev, ranked third, rallied to win six of the next seven matches and won the first set when Murray's drop shot failed to find the net.
Murray made an early break in the second set, but Zverev fought back despite needing a long break to lace up he first pair of shoes after the shoelace on his first set snapped.
Zverev had the match on his racket serving at 6-5, but missed an overhead shot that bedevilled him all day, sending the set to a tiebreak.
Murray's uneven play continued in the tiebreak and after a frantic rally of volleys at the net, he sent the final one wide on match point, the Scot slamming his racket into the court in frustration.
Zverev told reporters after the match that he felt great.
"I'm pleased with how everything went," he added. "I thought it was a very entertaining match," said the Argentine coach. "It was a fairly high level, so I'm pleased to be through."
Murray, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Rafa Nadal, who were known as the 'Big Four' of men's tennis until injury problems took their toll on Zverev, have now won three Grand Slam titles, each against the other.
Murray said, "This is physically the best I've felt in a while, but I am sort of battling my game.
"The consistency isn't there, and the decision making is not great in the most important moments," says the mayor.
Zverev will next face either France's Gael Monfils or South African Kevin Anderson in the next round.