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Andy Murray of Great Britain walks away after shaking hands at the net after his straight sets defeat against Alexander Zverev of Germany during their third round match on Day 9 of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California. Image Credit: AFP

California: Alexander Zverev notched his first career win against Andy Murray with a 6-4 7-6(4) victory that moved him into the fourth round at Indian Wells. Murray says he plans to skip next month's Davis Cup Finals because he is "not sure he deserves to play in that team".

Former world number one Murray, who got the better of the German in their two previous meetings, jumped out to a 3-0 lead and seemed to unnerve the 24-year-old by standing well inside the court when returning his second serves.

First set

But Zverev, seeded third, regrouped to win six of the next seven games and took the first set when Murray’s drop shot failed to get over the net.

Just as in the first set, Murray got an early break in the second but Zverev again battled back despite needing a lengthy break to lace up a pair of shoes after the shoelace on his first pair snapped.

Zverev had the match on his racket serving at 6-5 but missed an overhead, a shot that bedevilled him all day, sending the set to a tiebreak.

Murray’s uneven play continued in the tiebreak and after a furious rally of volleys at the net he sent the final one wide on match point, the Scot slamming his racket into the court in frustration.

Zverev told reporters after the match that he felt great.

'Big Four'

“I’m happy about how everything went,” he added. “I thought it was a very entertaining match. It was pretty high level, so I’m happy to be through.” Zverev has now recorded wins against three-time Grand Slam champion Murray, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal, who were known as the ‘Big Four’ of men’s tennis until injury problems took their toll on Murray.

“This is physically the best I’ve felt in a while, but I’m sort of battling my game a little bit,” Murray said.

“The consistency isn’t there and the decision making is not great in the important moments.” Zverev will next face either France’s Gael Monfils or South African Kevin Anderson in the next round.

Murray said, "I've given a lot to the Davis Cup, and sometimes to my own detriment physically. I also don't feel right now I would be playing, either. Obviously that would be up to Leon, but I'm not sure I deserve to play in that team."