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‘No way’ – Nick Kyrgios reacts to surprise Andy Murray moment during Indian Wells match


Andy Murray took a leaf out of Nick Kyrgios’ book with the underarm serve (Picture: Getty)

Andy Murray surprised everyone with his recent underarm serve at Indian Wells -and even king of the underarm serve Nick Kyrgios was left stunned.

The former British No.1 pulled off an impressive win against Carlos Alcaraz on Sunday, winning 5-7, 6-3, 6-2, to book his place in the Round of 32 against Alexander Zverev.

But while the performance saw Murray deliver some of his best tennis since his hip surgery against highly-rated 18-year-old Alcaraz, there was one moment in particular that has left everyone talking.

Having lost the first set in a gruelling 66 minutes, the 34-year-old found himself on the brink of going a break down early on in the second.

Murray saved two break points to take it to deuce, and on his advantage the three-time Grand Slam champion opted for an underarm serve which went down as an ace as Alcaraz was stood too far back.

It would prove to be the first underarm serve Murray has attempted in a competitive match.

While underarm serves are perfectly allowed within the rules, it’s still fairly uncommon with some tennis players feeling it’s effectively a cheap way to score a point.

Australian star Kyrgios is a player who is well known for pulling out the underarm serve and he certainly seemed to like Murray’s decision to switch things up.

Sharing a clip of Murray’s underarm serve on his Instagram he commented: ‘No way Andy Murray.’

Defending his decision to go with an unorthodox serve, Murray said after the match: ‘If you look where he was standing at the beginning of the match to return the first serve in comparison, he changed that at the end of the first set.

‘He started returning from further back, so it was even harder to get free points on the serve.

‘I thought if he’s going to stand that far back and I’m getting no love from the court and the conditions, why not try it and see if I can bring him forward a little bit again?

‘I wasn’t expecting obviously to get an ace out of it. He was so far back, he didn’t obviously react. Wasn’t expecting it.

‘I was thinking about using it at times in the third set, but obviously up in the score, was doing a little bit better, didn’t feel like I needed to.

‘Certainly when guys are standing there to return serve now, it’s a smart play.’


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