Indian Wells (AFP)
German third seed Alexander Zverev overcame the obstacle of British veteran Andy Murray and reached the fourth round of the Indian Wells Tennis Tournament, the seventh of the 1,000-point Masters Tournament this season, similar to Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas , the second seed, who defeated Italian Fabio Fognini.
In the California desert, the last holder of the Olympic title in Tokyo fell out of every set, to surpass the Olympic gold medal in 2012 and 2016, with two sets in a row 6-4, 7-6.
Zverev, 24, fourth in the world, will face Frenchman Gael Monfils in the next round, at the expense of veteran South African Kevin Anderson by 7-5 and 6-2.
Murray, former world number one and holder of the title of 3 major tournaments, threw his racquet more than once to express his anger at losing easy balls. On the other hand, Zverev kept the focus, especially in the seventh game of the second set when he faced harassment in the shoelaces.
In the tiebreaker, “Ty Break” from the second, Zverev advanced 0-3, but the Scotsman turned his back on a 5-4 lead, before the German resolved the match on the net.
“I think it was a fun, high-level match, and you have to enjoy what you do on the court and play tennis,” Zverev said. “After Wimbledon, I really enjoyed every moment on the court.”
On the other hand, Murray, who has suffered a lot of health problems in recent years, said: “I’m disappointed, of course, because I’m really looking forward to winning this kind of game. I have to change something.”
Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas canceled out his delay and defeated Italian veteran Fabio Fognini 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, and the second Greek leader will face Alex de Minaur in the next round, who defeat Chilean Christian Garin 6-4, 6-2.
At Roland Garros, the 23-year-old became the first Greek to reach a Grand Slam final.
Italian Matteo Berrettini, the fifth seed in the tournament and seventh in the world, was surprised by a tough result against the American Taylor Fritz, the 39th seed, with two clean sets 6-4, 6-3 in an hour and 21 minutes.
And in the women’s, in one of the thousand sessions, according to the WTA classification, the American Shelby Rodgers, the last runner-up in the Flushing Meadows tournament, defeated the young Canadian Laila Fernández with three sets.
After two hours and 34 minutes and a marathon match, Rodgers beat the 19-year-old 23-6, 6-1, 7-6 to reach the quarterfinals.
“It was a competition to get the balls,” Rodgers said. He has a bright future, luck was on my side and I’m looking forward to the quarterfinals.
Rodgers will face Latvia’s 24th seed Jelena Ostapenko, who beat second-placed Polish Iga Švientek 6-4, 6-3.
Sviontik’s departure came a day after the elimination of first-placed Czech Karolina Pliskova and defending Canadian champion Bianca Andreescu.
After the elimination of Švientek, and before the fourth league of the Ukraine, Ilya Svitolina, the fourth before the American Jessica Pegola by 6-1, 6-1 and the third Czech Barbora Krajikova before the Spanish Paula Padusa 6 – 1, 7-5, German Angelique Kerber remained in the tenth highest position among women.
In light of the successive eliminations of the sown women, the possibility of the 12th Tunisian seed Anas Jaber was increased, after defeating the Russian Anna Kalinskaya by 6-2 and 6-2. Jaber met in the quarterfinals of Estonian Anett Kontaveit, the 18th seed, who defeated Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maya 6-0, 6-2.
This tournament is generally held in March, but returned this fall after a two-and-a-half-year absence due to the global pandemic of the Crown virus, did not take place in 2020 and 2021, and the current version has been postponed.