Murray lauds Alcaraz after Indian Wells triumph

Murray also hopes that Alcaraz will stay fit enough to ensure that his playing style is not affected

By Web Desk
March 23, 2023
Alcaraz is one of the best players in the world — AFP

Former world number one Andy Murray believes Carlos Alcaraz has the ability to stay at the top of men’s tennis in years to come.

Murray also hopes that Alcaraz will stay fit enough to ensure that his playing style is not affected in the future.

Alcaraz clinched the US Open grand slam title in September and became the youngest player to top the world rankings at the age of 19 but missed the Paris Masters and the Australian Open due to injuries.

However, Alcaraz made an impressive comeback by triumphing at the recently-concluded Indian Wells and has now set his sights on defending his Miami Open title.

"He has an excellent game, an all-around game that I think will translate well onto all surfaces," said Murray.

"He's not the biggest guy, but he can serve big. He's an unbelievable mover, great athlete. Has a lot of variety. Takes the ball on a lot. That's something you hope he keeps.

"I know from experience that it's a bit easier playing that way when you're 18 or 19 and there's not any scar tissue. I hope he maintains that style of play because it's exciting to watch."

Murray also warned against placing burden of expectations on Alcaraz.

"I know a lot of people are expecting everyone to win 20-plus Grand Slams now, like that's normal. I wouldn't predict that for anyone," Murray said.

"I would imagine he would be right at the top of the game for as long as he wants to play."

Alcaraz did not drop a set at Indian Wells which makes him a top contender for the title in Miami.

"I'm playing great. Of course today, the conditions today were pretty tough. Of course Daniil didn't play at his best, obviously," said Alcaraz.

"All I can say is I'm really happy with my performance, the way that I was playing this tournament. I'm looking forward to playing this level in Miami as well.

"The thing that's improved most is the mental game. I got a lot of experience since that match. I was new on Tour at that time but now I've played a lot of great matches and won great titles. That's made me more confident. Now I know how to handle tough moments."