Andy Murray had made his ambitions clear in the lead-up to his first Masters 1000 match against a top-five player in five years. While Alexander Zverev, one of the best players in the world right now, was the clear favorite, the Scot was in it to win and was confident in his ability to defeat the German – and win tournaments.
That did not happen, and Murray will be frustrated by the opportunities he missed in a tumultuous contest in the immediate aftermath. Murray, on the other hand, competed on an equal footing with a top player and created considerably more possibilities. In the end, Zverev proved his worth by winning his 19th match in 20 matches with a 6-4, 7-6(4) victory.
Due to recent concerns, the match-up was already noteworthy. The ATP announced last week that it would conduct an investigation into allegations made by Zverev’s ex-girlfriend, Olya Sharypova, a year after she claimed he was abusive during their relationship. Zverev said he welcomed the move. The 24-year-old has “categorically and unambiguously” denied abusing Sharypova, and his attorneys have filed a lawsuit against the publisher. Murray had been a leading advocate for the ATP to adopt a domestic abuse policy and conduct an investigation into the claims.
Murray has been emphasizing in recent weeks that he is here to win these matches, not to put up excellent performances. He openly described his week as “disappointing” after defeating No. 26 Ugo Humbrt en route to his first ATP quarter-final since 2019 in Metz. His reaction was the same here, but there’s a lot to be gained by competing against one of the most in-form players on the circuit. He’ll eventually take those positives and start pushing forward.
Source : Guardian sport