Schwartzman survives the fear; Muguruza sent packing to Indian Wells


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DIEGO Schwartzman saved two match points to survive American qualifier Maxime Cressy (6-2, 3-6, 7-5) on Saturday, advancing to Indian Wells’ third round.

The Argentine recovered from a 15-40 deficit in the 10e third set match to break Cressy’s serve, registering just two double faults against 14 for his competitor during the two-hour, 38-minute thriller.

Briton Daniel Evans outlasted Japan’s Kei Nishikori (4-6, 6-3, 6-4) by winning 80% of his first serve points in a solid defensive effort that saved him 10 breaking points.

“It was satisfying to see how I handled the adversity a bit after the first set,” said Evans, who won his first ATP title at the Murray River Open in February. “It was nice to qualify in a good, tough game.”

It was largely business as usual at the California tournament, where Czech number one seed Karolína Plíšková defeated Polish qualifier Magdalena FrÄ™ch (7-5, 6-2) and eighth seed Hubert Hurkacz a broke Alexei Popyrin’s stubborn resistance to ensure a (6-1, 7-5) wins in hot, dry conditions.

Reilly Opelka had 11 aces in a victory (7-5, 6-3) over Japan’s Taro Daniel as he qualified for the third round.

The 24-year-old American, who had his best Grand Slam performance last month when he reached the fourth round of the US Open, has won over 90% of his first serve points and has never faced a breaking point while doing light work. of Daniel.

Australian Ajla Tomljanović provided the only upheaval in the opening matches, recovering from a difficult second set to send fifth seed Garbiñe Muguruza (6-3, 1-6, 6-3).

“I was really looking forward to playing against Garbiñe because I lost the last two times, but I tried to focus on that time when I beat her and channel that energy, so I was really happy. for making it today, “Tomljanović said in a post-match interview.

Canada’s Vasek Pospisil was forced to retire in the first set against compatriot Denis Shapovalov, the tournament’s ninth seed after reaching the Wimbledon semi-final earlier this year, and Norway’s sixth seed Casper Ruud has quickly did the job of the Spaniard Roberto Carballés Baena (6-1, 6-2).

US Open champion Daniil Medvedev showed no signs of a Grand Slam hangover with a trade win (6-4, 6-2) over Mackenzie McDonald to advance to the third round at Indian Wells Saturday.

Every aspect of the game for the seeded Russian clicked as he improved to 5-0 in one-on-one matches against the American.

The 25-year-old was sharp from the start, smashing McDonald’s to open the game on a hot night in the Southern California desert. – Reuters

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