Andy Murray will play number three seed Alexander Zverev in the third round of the Indian Wells after recovering from a set down to beat youngster Carlos Alcaraz.

A wildcard entry pre-tournament, Murray is ranked 121 in the world after four heavily disrupted years following major hip surgery.

He raced into a 3-0 lead in the first set before the 18-year-old Spaniard pegged him back to take the set 7-5.

However, Murray’s tenacity and experience came to the fore in the following sets and he levelled at one set all, even serving underarm at one point due to the slowness of the court.

He then broke twice in the decider and even won a game with an underarm ace to set up a meeting with Olympic champion Zverev.

“It was a brutal match, really tough conditions,” said the Scot. “The way I fought after losing the first set was great because I feel I should have won that first set.

“I created lots of chances but didn’t take them. It would’ve been easy to let that slip away but I kept fighting and finished it well.”

Elsewhere, British hopefuls Dan Evans and Cameron Norrie are in action in the third round.

Evans will face Argentine Diego Schwartzman (Match betting – Schwartzman 4/7, Evans 11/8) in round three after he overcame Kei Nishikori in round two, coming from a set behind just as Murray did.

The world number 22 has been steadily improving and took his first title in February, winning the Murray River Open and will be hoping to double his tally in California.

Norrie will face Spanish 15 seed Roberto Bautista Agut (Match betting – Norrie 8/11, Bautista Agut 11/10) next up, following his win against Tennys Sandgren in round two.

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