‘I’ll try it again’ – Andy Murray unapologetic after underarm ace at Indian wells

Andy Murray said his underarm serve against Carlos Alcaraz as a legitimate tactic and he may try it again.

Murray used the controversial technique during the second set of his 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 win, with a splattering of fans booing inside the stadium.

However, Murray was unapologetic, explaining that if players stand so far back to return then the underarm serve is a perfectly fair response to try and bring them forward.

“If you look where he was standing at the beginning of the match to return the first serve in comparison,” Andy Murray said. “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 – the courts are painfully slow here – why not try it and see if I can bring him forward a little bit again?

“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.

“Certainly when guys are standing there to return serve now, it’s a smart play. It’s the first time I’ve ever done it in a match and I got the ace.

“I served three aces the whole match and one of them was the underarm serve.

“So maybe I’ll try it again in the future if guys are standing that far back.”

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