Mischa Zverev, a former world number 25, said Andy Murray‘s shots were “pretty straight” and that there were no issues between them when they faced off at the 2017 Australian Open. In the round of 16 at the 2017 Australian Open, Zverev stunned the No.
Briton defeated by No. 1 Murray 7-5 5-7 6-2 6-4. Zverev was almost always going to the net, so Murray knew precisely what he was going to do before every point, but he was unable to overcome him. Rafael Nadal defeated Zverev 6-1, 6-1 a few weeks before in Brisbane.
Zverev said that Nadal had “19 different ways” to break him at the net when he thought back on those two encounters. Zverev recently stated to Tennis Magazin that Murray “cannot accelerate.” He doesn’t have the train in his arms like Rafa or Federer or even a Jack Sock, which seems odd for a player of his caliber.
The previous week, I faced Rafa in Brisbane and lost 1 and 1. None at all. He may have 19 different ways to pass me. I wasn’t able to read his punches. Sometimes I thought he was soaring to the tarps because they were too fast and had topspin.
He still hit his back, though. Murray has a fairly straight backhand and forehand.
Nadal knows when to execute a surprise shot, according to Zverev
Three times Zverev and Nadal faced off, and each time Zverev lost in straight sets.
Zverev believes that one of the reasons why Nadal has been successful is because he can surprise his opponents at crucial times. Nadal is one of the greatest tennis players in history. Rafael continually analyzes the game and is aware of when it is a good idea to introduce surprises.
When he’s behind, he frequently tries something novel or unexpected,” Zverev said. “He tosses in a serve and volley after a very drawn-out game, with advantages of deuce, deuce, and advantage. He does it under pressure, when you least expect it.
Or, as is more common with the forehand, he employs his halt. Rafa playing serve-and-volley all the time would not be effective.