Andy Murray beat highly-rated Spanish teenager Carlos Alcaraz 5-7 6-3 6-2 to succeed in the third spherical at Indian Wells.
Murray raced right into a 3-0 lead however was pegged again to 4-4 and, after failing to take a set level on the Alcaraz serve at 5-4, misplaced the opening set.
However he levelled at one-set all – even serving underarm at one level.
Murray, 34, broke twice within the decider on the way in which to taking a charming match towards the 18-year-old in three hours and three minutes.
The victory will present Murray, who’s 121st within the males’s rankings, with loads of encouragement as he continues his newest comeback after 4 disrupted years following a significant hip damage.
“It was a brutal match, actually powerful situations,” Murray instructed Amazon. “The way in which I fought after shedding the primary set was nice as a result of I really feel I ought to have received that first set.
“I created plenty of possibilities however did not take them. It could’ve been straightforward to let that slip away however I saved combating and completed it properly.”
Alcaraz, ranked thirty eighth on this planet, beat Stefanos Tsitsipas on the US Open in September and regarded like he was able to impose himself on the match after taking a 67-minute first set.
However he couldn’t shake off a resilient Murray, who got here again from 15-40 down on his serve within the third recreation of the second set earlier than audaciously taking it with an underarm ace.
“The courts are painfully gradual right here,” added Murray. “I used to be excited about utilizing it [the underarm serve] once more within the third set.
“He modified his return place in direction of the top of the primary, he began going additional again and I used to be like ‘simply give it a go and see’.
“I used it, it labored properly and possibly I am going to use it once more sooner or later if guys are going to face that far again and they will make courts like this.”
Murray went on to stage the match and, having damaged Alcaraz within the first recreation of the deciding set, discovered himself 15-40 down on his serve once more, solely to fend off his rival in a recreation of 10 minutes 32 seconds to consolidate his break.
Murray then broke Alcaraz as soon as once more and secured a powerful win as he served and volleyed to take match level.
He’ll play Alexander Zverev or Jenson Brooksby within the subsequent spherical.