Australian Jordan Thompson held his nerve Friday afternoon to attain a significant upset on the 2023 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.
The 28-year-old defeated second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6(0), 4-6, 7-6(5) within the second spherical of the season’s first Masters 1000 occasion. The early exit for Tsitsipas ends his possibilities of rising to World No. 1 throughout the ‘Sunshine Double’ occasions in Indian Wells and Miami.
“It’s unreal. At a Masters 1000, in the [Indian Wells] Tennis Garden here,” Thompson stated. “It’s one of my favourite tournaments, I think a lot of players’ favourite tournaments to play. To have a win like that is incredible. [I’m] really happy.”
✌️ HIS SECOND TOP 10 WIN.
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Thompson dropped simply two factors on serve en path to the opening set in California, the place Tsitsipas struggled to seek out his greatest stage within the early levels. Although the second-seeded Greek rallied to stage the match and earned a mini-break on the primary level of the deciding-set tie-break, it was Thompson who held his nerve for a shocking two-hour, 37-minute victory.
“I wanted to take control of my service points,” said the 28-year-old Australian. “Obviously, I can’t do much about his, he’s a big guy and he’s got a great serve. I wasn’t finding too much rhythm there on return towards the end but snuck one out. I stayed aggressive on serve and very thankful that last ball went wide.”
It was a second Top 10 win for the World No. 87 Thompson, who had misplaced each of his earlier conferences in opposition to Tsitsipas (‘19 Washington, D.C., ‘22 Wimbledon). His triumph on Friday within the California desert earned him a third-round assembly with thirty second seed Maxime Cressy or qualifier Alejandro Tabilo.
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