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Carlos Alcaraz & Iga Swiatek eased into Indian Wells quarter-finals

Carlos Alcaraz & Iga Swiatek eased into Indian Wells quarter-finals

Carlos Alcaraz & Iga Swiatek eased into Indian Wells quarter-finals

Carlos Alcaraz & Iga Swiatek eased into Indian Wells quarter-finals

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  • Carlos Alcaraz & Iga Swiatek eased into the Indian Wells quarter-finals.
  • Swiatek won most of the long rallies.
  • Medvedev lost a match point after being broken in the 10th game.
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Top seeds Carlos Alcaraz and Iga Swiatek made it straight into the Indian Wells quarterfinals on Tuesday thanks to a wild three-set victory over Alexander Zverev by in-form Daniil Medvedev over the injured Zverev.

Alcaraz, the world number two who can recapture the highest level with a success this week, had a brief time’s work on Arena Court as England’s Jack Draper resigned with a stomach injury with the Spaniard up 6-2, 2-0.

Swiatek, the world number one, defeated Emma Raducanu, the 2021 US Open champion, 6-3, 6-1. She won most of the long rallies.

Their smooth progression was a stark contrast to the drama earlier in the day, when Medvedev beat Zverev 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/5), 7-5 to extend his ATP win streak to 17 matches. Zverev had fallen in the second set and twisted his ankle badly.

After winning the ATP in Rotterdam, Doha, and Dubai, the world number six rolled his right ankle and spent several minutes on the court before limping to his chair.

Zverev, who experienced three torn lower leg tendons finally year’s French Open, on searched in concern, yet after the injury was analyzed and taped by clinical staff Medvedev — and turned the match around.

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Medvedev said, “In the beginning, it was quite painful, so I was more concerned and focused on my ankle than the game,”

“Then that actually helped me a little bit to play better. For the rest of the match, adrenaline was probably kicking in. So it was not easy to walk, that´s why I was limping, but to move was easier.”

In the second set, he saved all ten of his break points and took a 4-1 lead to win the tiebreaker.

Medvedev lost a match point after being broken in the 10th game, despite having an early break in the third.

However, Zverev was unable to build on that, and after three hours and 17 minutes, Medvedev held at love to win the match.

Medvedev was scheduled to face Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, the 28th-ranked Spaniard, on Wednesday. Fokina defeated Chilean qualifier Cristian Garin 6-3, 6-4.

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Alcaraz will have a day off before playing Felix Auger-Aliassime, who beat Tommy Paul 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8/6) and saved six match points, including three in the third set tiebreaker.

After his 46-minute outing, Alcaraz won’t need to rest.

Alcaraz said, “This is not the way anybody wants to win a match,”

Swiatek’s match followed a natural example, with last year’s French and US Open victor understanding her rival north of a couple of close games prior to pulling away for a persuading win.

Swiatek said, “I just feel like in these longer rallies I was the one who showed I can bring the pressure on defense and it´s not easy to finish the rally.

“She was actually doing the same. She was running to every ball and she played those slices which are tricky, but honestly I´m pretty happy with how positive I was and disciplined.”

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She will now play Romania’s Sorana Cirstea, who defeated France’s Caroline Garcia, ranked fifth, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.

Taylor Fritz, the defending champion in the men’s event, defeated Marton Fucsovics of Hungary 6-4, 6-3 in a tightly contested match that belied the straightforward score.

Fritz will take on the Italian Jannik Sinner, who defeated Stan Wawrinka, who has won three Grand Slam titles, 6-1, 6-4.

Cameron Norrie, the champion for Britain in 2021, defeated seventh-ranked Andrey Rublev 6-2, 6-4 to advance to a match against American Frances Tiafoe, who defeated Chilean qualifier Alejandro Tabilo 6-4, 6-4.

Aryna Sabalenka, winner of the Australian Open, defeated Barbora Krejcikova 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals for the first time.

Sabalenka next faces 19-year-old American Coco Gauff, who pressed past Swedish qualifier Rebecca Peterson 6-3, 1-6, 6-4. The fourth seed, Gauff, has won three of their previous four encounters.

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Petra Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon champion and current 15th-ranked player, defeated Jessica Pegula, ranked third, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (13/11) after saving four match points.

The Czech next takes on Maria Sakkari, the seventh seed who defeated Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 to finish in second place last year.

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