Andy Murray ahead of Alexander Zverev clash in Indian Wells: ‘I wouldn’t say we are best friends’

Andy Murray in action

It is fair to say that Alexander Zverev does not feature on Andy Murray’s Christmas card list with the latter admitting ahead of their BNP Paribas Open match that they “don’t really chat a whole lot”.

While there has never been any animosity between the two, Murray has been very outspoken about the ATP dragging its heels in terms of investigating the domestic abuse allegations against the German.

Zverev is being accused of abuse by his former girlfriend Olya Sharypova and both men have welcomed the ATP’s decision to finally launch a probe.

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So needless to say there might be a bit of tension when the two step onto the court for their third-round clash in Indian Wells on Tuesday.

“I wouldn’t say we are best friends. We don’t really chat a whole lot,” Murray is quoted as saying by Daily Mail.

The three-time Grand Slam winner scored a big win over 30th seed Carlos Alcaraz as he continues his road to recovery following hip surgery in 2019 while Zverev advanced with victory over Jenson Brooksby.

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Murray is convinced he can compete with the best again and win titles.

“It’s not easy playing with metal hips, not easy with everything that goes into prepping and getting ready for these events. It is challenging but these wins make it worth it,” he admitted.

“I do genuinely believe I can win tournaments again, can have big results against the top players. There’s nothing that has happened recently to change that, barring the Denis Shapovalov match that I played at Wimbledon where I got smoked.

“Otherwise there is nothing in any of the matches that I played since to make me doubt I can still win.”