Top 10 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime, Grand Slam champion Andy Murray and Marin Cilic were eliminated in the second round of the ATP Masters 1000 in Indian Wells. On the other hand, Andrei Rublev avoided failure.
PAP / EPA / RAY ACEVEDO / Pictured: Felix Auger-Aliassime
Ninth-placed Felix Auger-Aliassime had a fantastic few weeks behind him and was named one of the candidates for the ATP Masters 1000 in Indian Wells. The Canadian ended the conflict in California after the opening match. In Sunday’s second-round match (he had a first-round bye), he unexpectedly lost 6:7(4), 7:6(4), 3:6 with Boutique Van de Zandschulp.
In the third round, Van de Zandschulp will face another surprise striker on Sunday, Miomir Kekmanovic. The Serbs were defeated after a nearly three-hour battle 6:7 (7), 6:3, 7:6 (6) marked by the number 24. Marina Cilicia, in a decisive tiebreaker defending the match ball.
Another star of the tournament, Andy Murray, also pulled out. The Briton with the wild card, he never managed to break Alexander Bublik, did not use three set-pieces in the first match and surrendered to Kazakhstan 6: 7 (9), 4: 6. – this is a big victory for me – he admitted in an interview at the Bublik Stadium the championship “31”.
On the other hand, Andrei Rublev avoided failure. Ranked No. 7, Muscovite scored seven aces, four breaks and 32 goals, defeating Dominik Koepfer 7:5, 6:4. Thus Rublev won the 10th game in a row.
John Isner, who was #23, also entered the 1/16 finals. The American served up 21 aces and, with his own request, scored 54 of the 70 points he played and won 7:6 (6), 7:6 (2) with fellow countryman, wild card holder Sam Querrey. In contrast, Lloyd Harris, the “30” star, turned out to be better than Facundo Bagnes.
BNP Paribas Open Bank, Indian Wells (USA)
ATP Masters 1000, Hard Court, $8.584 Million Prize Pool
Saturday 12 March
Second round of singles:
Andrey Rublev (7) – Dominic Kupfer (Germany) 7:5, 6:4
John Isner (US 23) – Sam Querrey (US, WC) 7:6 (6), 7:6 (2)
Lloyd Harris (South Africa 30) with Facundo Banez (Argentina) 6-3 4-6 6-3
Alexander Bublik (Kazakhstan, 31) vs. Andy Murray (UK, WC) 7-6 (9) 6-3
Bottic van de Zandschulp (Netherlands) beat Felix Auger-Aliassime (Canada 9) 7-6 (4) 6-7 (4) 6-3
Miomir Kikmanovic (Serbia) beat Marin Cilic (Croatia, 24) 6:7 (7), 6-3, 7:6 (6).
Men’s Championship Program and Results
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