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Jordan Thompson beats Tsitsipas to go to 3rd round of Indian Wells

Jordan Thompson beats Tsitsipas to go to 3rd round of Indian Wells

Jordan Thompson beats Tsitsipas to go to 3rd round of Indian Wells

Jordan Thompson beats Tsitsipas to go to 3rd round of Indian Wells

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  • Jordan Thompson beats Tsitsipas to go to 3rd round of Indian Wells.
  • Tsitsipas suffered yet another setback.
  • Ruud had little trouble facing Schwartzman on Friday.
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Jordan Thompson, an unseeded Australian, defeated third-ranked Stefanos Tsitsipas on Friday by scores of 7-6 (7/0), 4-6, and 7-6 (7/5) to advance to the third round of the Indian Wells WTA and ATP Masters. It was one of Thompson’s best victories to date.

The world number 87 remarked, “I´m thankful that last ball was out — I thought it was in.” Thompson’s only other victory over a top-10 player came in 2017 at Queen’s Club against Andy Murray.

When a stinging forehand from Tsitsipas on match point was called just a hair wide, he acknowledged feeling a touch lucky.

On the court, Thompson addressed the crowd, “I’m glad that final ball got out – I thought it was in.

While Tsitsipas had leads of 2-1 and 4-3 in the third-set tiebreaker, Thompson’s composure under pressure paid off when the Greek smacked a forehand into the net to give the Australian a match point before losing with the close call.

After his impressive run to the Australian Open final in January, Tsitsipas suffered yet another setback.

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Despite losing to Novak Djokovic in the title final, he left Melbourne feeling inspired, but he soon hurt his shoulder.

Tsitsipas confessed earlier this week that his shoulder was still bothering him and he didn’t have high ambitions of winning a third Masters 1000 title as he competed in his first tournament since a second-round exit at Rotterdam.

After first-round byes, the top seeds hit the court on Friday for the second round of play, including Tsitsipas and women’s second seed Aryna Sabalenka, who is competing in just her second tournament since winning the Australian Open.

After a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Evginiya Rodina, who was playing in just her ninth match since returning to action at the US Open after a three-year hiatus, Sabalenka advanced without incident into the third round.

Sabalenka, who has never advanced past the round of 16 in the arid region of California, expressed her happiness at winning the match in two sets without experiencing too much difficulty.

Due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Sabalenka is still unable to compete under the Belarusian flag. She will next face Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko, who defeated 29th-seeded Croat Donna Vekic 2-6, 6-2, 6-2.

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After victories in straight sets, third-seeded Casper Ruud and former champion Cameron Norrie both easily advanced to the third round.

In a season in which he had thus far failed to advance past the second round in three tour-level tournaments he had played, Ruud’s 6-2, 6-3 victory over former top-10 Argentine Diego Schwartzman was a confidence-boosting victory.

Nonetheless, Norrie’s 6-2, 6-4 triumph over Taiwanese qualifier Wu Tung-lin was a continuation of the form that had brought him to the finals in Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires last month, when he lost to Carlos Alcaraz in the first set and defeated Alcaraz in the second.

Ruud, who is currently ranked fourth in the world, had little trouble facing Schwartzman on Friday. The Norwegian broke him twice in the first set and once in the second to complete the victory in an hour and 28 minutes. Schwartzman had won five of their previous eight meetings.

Ruud, a semifinalist at the French Open and US Open last year who was knocked out of the Australian Open in the second round in January, said it was wonderful to exact revenge on Diego after losing to him here a couple of years ago.

The plan was to play aggressively, occasionally mix things up a bit, and get to the net; fortunately, today that somehow worked out for me.

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Barbora Krejcikova of the Czech Republic defeated Dayana Yastremska 6-1, 6-2 in in 69 minutes to avenge a loss in Doha from the previous year.

In the final of Dubai last month, Krejcikova, a former winner of the French Open, shocked top-ranked Iga Swiatek, defeating all three of the top players in the globe.

On Friday night, Daniil Medvedev, the fifth-ranked player in the world, was scheduled to play American Brandon Nakashima in his campaign opener. Medvedev recently won ATP matches in Rotterdam, Doha, and Dubai.

Seventh-seeded Maria Sakkari, who finished second to Swiatek in the women’s competition last year, was down 4-1 to American Shelby Rogers when play was suspended due to a desert downpour.

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