Andy Murray, Stefanos Tsitsipas Secure Third-Round Berths at Indian Wells

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Indian Wells: Former world No. 1 Andy Murray of Great Britain came back from a set to win the battle of generations as he defeated 18-year-old US Open quarterfinalist Carlos Alcaraz of Spain in three at the BNP Paribas Open. Monday set. Also Read – Coco Gough, Barbora Krejcikova Advance at Indian Wells

Scott, in his 13th Indian Wells appearance, entered the third round of the ATP Masters 1000 for the first time since 2016, with a 5–7, 6–3, 6–2 win over Alcaraz. Murray finished with 18 winners out of his opponent’s 36, but his 29 unforced errors were 13 fewer. Also Read – Emma Radukanu Sends Packing to World No. 100 at Indian Wells

“He obviously has so much ability, so much firepower and it is not easy to finish points quickly in these conditions, but he is capable because he has so much momentum from behind the court so I had to fight very hard, coming back a set down,” Murray told atptour.com. Also Read – Andy Murray Proceeds For Alcaraz Showdown At Indian Wells

“I felt like he might have played better in the second set. In the first set I thought I had more chances but I didn’t get that, yes, I am happy with the way I fought. He is a top-drawer youngster. are,” said Murray.

“He started coming back and forth, so it was even more difficult to get free points on the serve,” Murray said. “I thought if he’s going to stand too far behind and I’m not getting any love from the court and terms, why not try it and see if I can bring him a little bit further. Obviously to take the ace out of it.” Didn’t expect that,” said the 34-year-old, a three-time major champion.

Meanwhile, Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas won his first match against Spain’s Pedro Martínez at the BNP Paribas Open.

In his third appearance, Tsitsipas entered the third round at Indian Wells for the first time and won after a 6–2, 6–4 victory at world number 61. Tsitsipas needed 93 minutes to win as he claimed 63 percent of the first serve-points and 80 percent of the second serve.

The Greek’s 22 winners were four more than his opponent, but he was far more consistent as he made just 11 unforced errors to the Spaniard’s 21. The win set up a third-round clash against 25th seed Fabio Fognini of Italy as the winner of the three sets. Jan-Lenard Struff of Germany.

“Well, it’s been a great night for me. Playing a night session on this court for the first time,” Tsitsipas said. “I am very happy with the way I fought and finally that Found a way to win… I’ve played (Fognini) before. I am looking forward to that match.”

Tsitsipas was on the hunt early but took 17 minutes to gain a 2-0 advantage in the fourth time of Ask. He carried the momentum to take the first set on the backs of 11 winners – eight from his forehand – and made only five unforced errors.

Victoria Azarenka overtakes Petra Kvitova; Halep eliminated at Indian Wells

World number 32 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus defeated Czech Republic number 11 Petra Kvitova 7-5, 6-4 to enter the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday. .

In the latest chapter of the more than a decade-long rivalry, the two dominant champions traded breaks three times in the opening set, and Azarenka won the final three games to take it – saving three break points to prevent the first set from being an equal opportunity. .

The second set proved to be largely the same, as Kvitova took the lead after winning four straight games 3–1, before Azarenka won all three games to seal the win again.

“It was a really exhausting year. Ever since the onset of COVID, I think it’s been quite tiring for everyone. My body really isn’t handling the whole thing. So I’m just ending To take a few extra weeks for my body to heal, to heal whatever it is,” Kvitova said after her last match of the season.

“Overall, well, I definitely had better seasons than this. I had a title, which is always the highlight of the season. I played some incredible matches, I would say. There is still a fire inside me, which is very important for me, even at this age. I mean, without fire I feel like I can’t play anymore, but it’s there so it’s cool,” Kvitova told wtatennis.com.

Azarenka and Kvitova were playing for the ninth time overall, but only for the third time in the past decade. Azarenka scored his fourth win in all-time head-to-head, his second on hard courts and his first since Toronto in 2015.

“I think it was a good match. It was very close, what I knew it was going to be, it would be difficult to catch the momentum. It was too early, whoever gets the opportunity to move the ball first, he Be aggressive. I was not expecting huge rallies,” Azarenka said.

“I think it was good. I am happy with the way I closed both the sets. I think those were important moments. I took those opportunities into my own hands.

“It was important to just be there, really take advantage of my opportunities, don’t let her go. If she gets into the groove at some point, don’t allow her to extend that streak, if you want to call it that.”

“I was still trying to create opportunities for myself, be more aggressive, and also sincerely believe that what I’m doing is right and see how I can execute it. So The intention was good. Then the execution happened.

Azarenka, a two-time major winner, will next face Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovi for a place in the last eight. Azarenka and Sasnovich never played.

Sasnovi of Belarus continued her stellar run at the BNP Paribas Open, reaching the round of 16 by defeating 2015 Indian Wells champion and No. 11 seed Simona Halep of Romania 7-5, 6-4.

World number 100 Sasnovich has now registered consecutive straight sets victories over the Grand Slam champions and the top 25 players. In the second round, Sasnovich knocked out defending US Open champion Emma Radukanu of Great Britain, and she now followed with a 98-minute win over Halep, a two-time major title.

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