Murray showed that he can also play tennis with a metal plate in his hip. Alcarez bombarded him with seething groundstrokes, but Murray proved more dexterous and turned the game around.
The most striking moment came in the second set. Murray decided to throw out an underhand serve. Because Alcarez had entrenched himself meters behind baseline, the Spaniard had no answer to his opponent’s inventive blow.
In the next round, Murray will face the German world champion. The number four in the world will start the game as a favorite, but not unimportant: in mutual meetings Murray leads 2-0 against the tall Zverev.
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