Indian Wells: After some drama in the women section where Emma Raducanu slammed down in the second round, Men’s singles also witnesses some upsets.
Matteo Berrettini falls to Taylor Fritz
No. 5 seed of the tournament and World No 7 Italian pro, Matteo Berrettini crashes out of the Indian Wells masters 2021. Having an easy go till the round of 16, Matteo faced Taylor Fritz World No. 39 from the USA.
It was a straight-set victory for the California native, gaining his first victory against a Top-10 opponent in 2021 and the seventh of his career.
Leading 5-1 in the first set, Fritz holds on to Berrettini’s charge by breaking to love in the final game. A break in the fourth game of the second set proved enough to take the match in straight sets against a frustrated and off-form Berrettini.
Matteo Berrettini however, go easy and fought till the last, saved four match points to extend the second set. Fritz on the other end, held his composure to finish of the match. Fritz broke the Italian’s serve five times, winning 48 percent (27/56) of return points.
Fritz denied Berrettini the chance to continue his Nitto ATP Finals qualification campaign this week, with the Italian sixth in the FedEx ATP Race to Turin.
“I had a really clear strategy on top of just doing what I do,” said Fritz. “Big first serves, attacking the first ball, trying to be aggressive and play to my strengths to try and make him uncomfortable as much as I could.”
Indian Wells: The day belonged to USA as Toomy Paul beats Andrey Rublev.
In another encounter at Indian Wells round of 32, another stunning result for the USA as Tommy Paul beats Russian rising star Andrey Rublev in a hard-fought game.
Paul completed one of the biggest victories of his career 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 to reach the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open.
“I’m not thinking too much. I was pretty happy to be out there, so it wasn’t like the end of the world getting broken there,” Paul told ATPTour.com. “I had a match point and obviously I wanted to win the match there. But I felt comfortable throughout the match.”
It was a roller coaster ride for both players, Paul missed an opportunity hitting a backhand approach shot long on match point. Rublev then counterattacked to level the clash. However, World No. 60 triumphed victorious after two hours and 24 minutes of hustling.
“I knew that I would have chances either to break back or [win] in the breaker, even if I just raised the level of my serve a little bit,” Paul said. “I would have had a lot of chances to win that breaker.”
Tommy increases his counting of winning against top 10 opponents to two now. Beating recent Olympics champion Alexander Zverev in Acapulco last year being the first one.
Paul will next play in-form Briton Cameron Norrie, who clawed past Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 after two hours and 44 minutes.
Alexander Zverev ends Andy Murray’s Indian Wells run.
Zverev ends former World No. 1 Andy Murray‘s Indian Wells journey in the round of 32 on Wednesday. A straight-set win for the German with the result being 6-4, 7-6(4).
“He’s the only one of the Big Four that I hadn’t beaten yet, so I’m happy that I’ve done it today,” Zverev said in his on-court interview. “Obviously it was a fantastic match. I thought Andy played extremely well, maybe as well as he’s played since the surgery. I hope he continues playing the same way because tennis did miss him for a long time and I think it’s good to have him back.”
Andy Murray coming from an impressive second-round performance against Carlos Alcaraz, played lovely tennis against Zverev as well. The crowd was also behind him supporting him for nearly every point he scored.
However, Zverev proved strong even after errors and mistakes at the net. the 2018 Nitto ATP Finals champion played his best tennis in critical moments to advance after two hours and eight minutes.
“I always stayed in the match, even though I was down a break in both sets. I always knew I had a chance. Especially the second set I think was an extremely high level from both of us. It could have gone both ways,” said Zverev.
Murray sprinted to the lead early in both sets, bringing energy to the court and taking advantage of openings given to him. But as both sets wore on, Zverev cut down on his mistakes and clawed through baseline rallies.
“The positive for me to take from it is I obviously had opportunities again. I mean, I guess that’s positive. I didn’t feel like I played a great match and still had chances, so that’s positive,” Murray said. “But yeah, I’m disappointed because I obviously want to be winning these matches. I haven’t in the past few months.”
Despite failing to serve out the match at 6-5 in the second set, Zverev did not panic. He took advantage of a sloppy drop shot from Murray to start the tie-break and never looked back.