Zverev, Murray Tumble At Indian Wells; Nadal, Medvedev, Tsitsipas v Brooksby Ahead

by Staff | March 14th, 2022, 10:36 am

Through two rounds at Indian Wells, it’s looking like there will be at least one, likely two new semifinalists from the bottom half after more upsets hit the draw Sunday.

The embattled No. 3 seed Alexander Zverev fell in his opener to Tommy Paul in a final set breaker 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(2). Zverev, who also lost to Paul in their only previous meeting two years ago in Acapulco, had his second serve picked apart in a quick opener, but settled down and led with a break 4-2 in the third.

“I never felt out of the match,” said Paul. “My gameplan in the tiebreak was to play more aggressive than I did the whole match, and see if he comes up with the goods. When I come to the net, see if he comes up with big passing shots, and if he did that, then too good. That was my process.”

Zverev was playing his first event since he getting reprimanded for his default in Acapulco. Many felt Zverev should be off the tour.

Former No. 1 Andy Murray is also out of the draw after falling in straights to Alexander Bublik 7-6(9), 6-3.

“For me, it’s great to have a win here,” Bublik told the crowd. “It’s really tennis paradise. To beat Andy, finally – if he would be my age, it would have been a lot tougher.”

Murray now heads to Miami.

“Both of us had some chances in the tie-break, but in the first set I certainly created more of the opportunities and I didn’t take them,” said Murray.

“He obviously came up with some good serves at times, but I certainly had my chances and against players that play that style of tennis and have obviously big serves and are not easy to break, you need to be ruthless when you get your chances and I just didn’t quite play well enough in those moments today.”

Matteo Berrettini opened play and avoided the upset denying youngster Holger Rune 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.

“It was definitely a tough match. I expected it,” the Italian said. “He’s improving every time I see him. He’s going to have a bright future.

“Today I think I was able to manage the strokes. I’m really happy, because I wasn’t feeling that comfortable in the court.”

Andrey Rublev quietly upped his win streak to 10 easing past Dominik Koepfer 7-5, 6-4. The German led early 4-2 before the Russian changed gears.

Americans Taylor Fritz, Steve Johnson, John Isner and Frances Tiafoe were also winners. Botic van de Zandschulp upset Felix Auger-Aliassime in three sets.

Grigor Dimitrov and Hubert Hurkacz also advanced to the third round.

On Monday for the start of the third round, Rafael Nadal returns to face Dan Evans. Daniil Medvedev meet Gael Monfils and in the match of the day, Stefanos Tsitsipas takes on Jenson Brooksby.

STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
ATP – [1] D. Medvedev vs [26] G. Monfils (FRA)
ATP – [4] R. Nadal (ESP) vs [27] D. Evans (GBR)
Not Before 3:00 PM
WTA – [13] V. Azarenka vs [17] E. Rybakina (KAZ)
Not Before 6:00 pm
ATP – J. Brooksby (USA) vs [5] S. Tsitsipas (GRE)
Not Before 8:00 PM
WTA – [18] L. Fernandez (CAN) vs S. Rogers (USA)

STADIUM 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – [6] M. Sakkari (GRE) vs [27] P. Kvitova (CZE)
WTA – [30] M. Vondrousova (CZE) vs [4] A. Kontaveit
ATP – [17] R. Opelka (USA) vs [13] D. Shapovalov (CAN)
Not Before 6:00 PM
WTA – [5] P. Badosa (ESP) vs [32] S. Sorribes Tormo (ESP)
ATP – [WC] N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs [8] C. Ruud (NOR)

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7 Comments for Zverev, Murray Tumble At Indian Wells; Nadal, Medvedev, Tsitsipas v Brooksby Ahead

Django Says:

How many wild cards will Murray get? How many so far?

Okiegal Says:

And just like that, Meddy ain’t #1……..

Zed Says:


If Daniil gets past the quarters in Miami he’ll improve his net position. I think he needs to get to the Semis to get the number #1 spot back. I am sure people who have more details than me can correct me if I am wrong.

For Novak, this is what April holds:

– Novak drops 45 points on April 4th and drops another 90 points on April 18th.

– He should be clear to play in Monte-Carlo April 10th and of course he’ll be playing in Serbia from April 18th.

We can’t know how well he’ll do but in Monte-Carlo he needs to get to the quarters to maintain a neutral position and he has to win the tournament in Serbia to do the same.

Summary is this:

– By April 4th if Daniil has got to the semis (or better) in Miami then he will get the number #1 spot back.

– I’m not sure, but I think if Novak wins Monte-Carlo April 17th he could take back number #1 but I think it depends on how well Daniil does in Miami and Monte-Carlo.

Okiegal Says:

@Zed….. lots of “ifs”. It’s gonna be interesting to see how it all plays out. I was shocked that the wheels came off of Meddy today. Gael always plays like he’s on his last legs. Then “boom baby” he’s won the match! He appears to me that he isn’t in good shape….. or maybe he’s gold bricking???? 🤔🤔🤔

Zed Says:

Okiegal, I can’t say for sure what is happening with Daniil but I have a feeling he’s a bit over-awed with his new position.

Maybe when he achieves it a second time he’ll be more settled, maybe it’ll be more “business as usual” for him.

I say all this because I think it’s not 100% about physical ability separating great players from great champions, it’s more about what’s in their heads. They’re all physically capable but how many have the mind that can drive their bodies beyond the barriers?

Okiegal Says:

Tsitsipas taken out by Brooksby!

@Zed……. I too believe #1 status can be overwhelming. Meddy generally has nerves of steel……..but he got in his own head today. He better learn how to cope, as he gets way too angry and when he loses his cool, his game goes down the tubes……imho……

chrisford1 Says:

Django – As a surefire Hall of Famer and in the top 15 to ever play, Andy will get a lot of wild cards. Um, and there is the audience draw and money-making angle that organizers certainly won’t ignore – as another reason.
I wish him well and hope his last hurrah is a good one and ends gracefully.

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