Next Gen Star Karen Khachanov Grabs First Masters Win In Indian Wells - UBITENNIS
Connect with us

ATP

Next Gen Star Karen Khachanov Grabs First Masters Win In Indian Wells

Avatar

Published

on

Karen Khachanov (zimbio.com)

By Giovanni Vianello

With the big names in the men’s draw yet to play in Indian Wells, Thursday provided an opportunity for the less established players to shine at the Californian tournament.

 

The first match on Stadium 1 was between Karen Khachanov and Tommy Robredo, who entered the tournament with a Protected Ranking. In the first set the Russian rising star outplayed a very low-performing Robredo with the result being 6-1 in his advantage. In the second set Robredo played better and in the first game gained a break of advantage, making rallies longer, but when it came to serving for the second set, Robredo failed, being afterwards broken another time and succumbing 6-1, 7-5.

“It feel great. It’s my first time here in Indian Wells,” said Khachanov, who won his first Masters 1000 match. “I’ve heard a lot about this tournament and I’m really happy that I could get through to the second round. Today I had to be ready from the first point, concentrate 100 per cent and play my game. That is the main focus in all the matches at the ATP World Tour level. I had to be there the whole match and fight to the end to get the win.”

Khachanov’s reward will be a second round clash with David Goffin in what will be their first meeting on the tour.

Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi, who looks like he’s becoming better with age, eased past Robin Haase. The Italian player went up 4-0 in the first set, got counter-broken once and let Robin Haase recover to 3-4, but the Italian then kept the break and won the first set 6-4. In the second set a similar scenario occurred, Lorenzi gained two breaks (the score was of 5-2), was counter-broken once, but in the end broke the opponent once again, winning the match 6-4 6-3. The world No.38 now faces a clash with Stan Wawrinka.

Australia’s Jordan Thompson was forced to retire in his match against Mikhail Youzhny after injuring his ankle whilst trailing 0-3 in the final set.

Adrian Mannarino held his nerve to dismiss Argentina’s Juan Monaco 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-1. The Frenchman went down a break twice in the second set and served for the match on 6-5 in his advantage before losing the tiebreaker. In the third set a no-contest happened as Monaco looked too tired to compete and so Mannarino strolled to straightforward third set triumph.

Barbados player, Darian King, surprisingly won his match against the Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili in 2 sets, 7-5, 7-5.

During an emotional roller-coaster match, Joao Sousa defeated the Argentine Diego Schwartzman 4-6 6-3 6-4. In the first set the Argentinian looked likely to dominate the match, but then, as the match went on, the Portuguese player was able to play at a better level and at first clinched the second set 6-3, then, battled his way through a tricky deciding set.

Indian Wells Men’s Singles Round 1 matches

Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine) beat Viktor Troicki (Serbia) 6-1 6-4
Mikhail Kukushkin (Kazakhstan) beat Jordan Thompson (Australia) 1-6 6-1 3-0 (J. Thompson retired)
Peter Gojowczyk (Germany) beat Reilly Opelka (U.S.) 6-4 3-6 6-1
Paolo Lorenzi (Italy) beat Robin Haase (Netherlands) 6-4 6-3
Karen Khachanov (Russia) beat Tommy Robredo (Spain) 6-1 7-5
Bjorn Fratangelo (U.S.) beat Bernard Tomic (Australia) 6-2 6-2
Vasek Pospisil (Canada) beat Lu Yen-Hsun (Taiwan) 6-7(6) 6-4 6-3
Jeremy Chardy (France) beat Radu Albot (Moldova) 7-6(2) 6-2
Yoshihito Nishioka (Japan) beat Elias Ymer (Sweden) 6-4 6-1
Fabio Fognini (Italy) beat Konstantin Kravchuk (Russia) 0-6 7-5 6-4
Martin Klizan (Slovakia) beat Thiago Monteiro (Brazil) 7-6(6) 6-3
Joao Sousa (Portugal) beat Diego Schwartzman (Argentina) 4-6 6-3 6-4
Darian King (Barbados) beat Nikoloz Basilashvili (Georgia) 7-5 7-5
Dusan Lajovic (Serbia) beat Frances Tiafoe (U.S.) 6-3 6-3
Adrian Mannarino (France) beat Juan Monaco (Argentina) 6-3 6-7(5) 6-1

Continue Reading
Click to comment

ATP

Alexander Zverev Secures Place In ATP Finals With Indian Wells Win

Zverev will be seeking to win the season-ending extravaganza for the second time in his career.

Avatar

Published

on

Alexander Zverev (GER) Credit: AELTC/Edward Whitaker

Germany’s Alexander Zverev has become the fourth player to officially qualify for the ATP Finals after reaching the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

 

The world No.4 defeated America’s Jenson Brooksby 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, in his second round match on Sunday which pushed him over the points threshold to secure his spot in the end-of-season event. It is the fifth year in a row he has qualified for the ATP Finals which he won back in 2018. He is one of only three German players to ever win the title after Boris Becker and Michael Stich.

This year’s tournament will take place in Turin, Italy for the first time in history after being held at The O2 Arena in London for more than a decade. Only the eight highest ranked players are eligible to play in the round-robin tournament which has on offer up to 1500 rankings points for an undefeated champion.

“My first time in Turin. I’ve been to London four times before. London is obviously very special to me because I won there, as well. I think the stadium is incredible, one of the most special events that we had,” Zverev told reporters on Sunday.
“But I also love playing in Italy. I had great success in Italy. I won my first Masters in Rome. I’m looking forward to being there. I’m looking forward to playing in front of the Italian fans. It’s going to be a great week.”

The 24-year-old approaches the final quarter of this season with four titles already won this year. He has won two Masters 1000 trophies, an ATP 500 event in Mexico and a gold medal in singles at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Zverev, who has recorded seven wins over top 10 players, also reached the semi-finals at both the French Open and US Open.

Zverev joins Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas as the players who have qualified for the ATP Finals so far. It is the third straight season the quartet has qualified for the event.

This year’s ATP Finals will get underway on November 14th. Medvedev is the defending champion.

Continue Reading

ATP

Denis Shapovalov Advances After Pospisil Retires In Indian Wells

The battle of the two Canadians didn’t go as planned…

Avatar

Published

on

Denis Shapovalov (CAN) Credit: AELTC/Edward Whitaker

Vasek Pospisil faced off against his fellow Canadian Denis Shapovalov in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and it was the world number 13 who got the win after the Vernon native pulled out due to an injury whilst trailing 0-3.

 

It was a rough start for Pospisil who seemed to struggle with his serve in the opening game of the match and double-faulted twice in a row to give the early break and Shapovalov had no issues consolidating the break.

Shapovalov continued to apply pressure on the Pospisil serve and after saving two breakpoints the world number 68 pulled up after a serve and stopped play, calling for the trainer. He ended up taking a medical timeout off the court and a couple of minutes later returned to court. Pospisil was broken once again and the following game after a couple of returns decided to call it quits.

” It was pretty awful…and if I’m being honest I am shaking a bit…It really sucks I hope it’s nothing serious…He’s a great guy he’s a real warrior he’s fought back from some injuries surgeries to such a great level.” Shapovalov said of his compatriot.

Shapovalov will face 19th seed Aslan Karatsev in the next round after the Russian thrashed Salvatore Caruso 6-2, 6-0.

In the other results of the day sixth seeed Casper Ruud dominated Roberto Carballes Baena 6-1, 6-2, Roberto Bautista Agut beat the Argentine Guido Pella 7-5, 6-3 and Sebastien Korda won an all American battle with Frances Tiafoe 6-0, 6-4.

Finally, Diego Schwartzman needed three sets to beat another American in Maxime Cressy winning 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.

Continue Reading

ATP

Stefanos Tsitsipas Sidesteps Question Over Vaccination Status

The Greek also jokes that he will be having less bathroom breaks in Indian Wells due to one particular reason.

Avatar

Published

on

Stefanos Tsitsipas has declined to confirm if he has received a COVID-19 vaccination despite previously saying he planned to do so later this year.

 

The world No.3 was questioned about the vaccination during his pre-tournament press conference at Indian Wells on Wednesday. Earlier this year Tsitsipas came under fire after saying he doesn’t see a reason why somebody his age needs to be vaccinated and expressed concerns over the potential side effects. He also added that young people catching COVID-19 is a good thing as it helps build up their immunity. Prompting criticism from various people, including a spokesperson for the Greek government.

However, in recent weeks Tsitsipas has changed his stance on the issue and recently told Antenna TV that he will have his first dose by the end of this year. When asked by a reporter in Indian Wells if he has had it yet, the French Open finalist declined to answer.

I’m sorry but I’m not able to provide any of my medical records,” he said.

Player vaccination rates in tennis are becoming a growing issue amid reports that the Australian Open may only allow fully vaccinated players to participate due to a health mandate which has been implemented by the local government. There is yet to be a formal announcement by Tennis Australia regarding their entry requirements. However, The Age newspaper reports that there is a ‘strong likelihood’ that only vaccinated players will be allowed entry by Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton.

Tsitsipas’ immediate focus is on this week’s BNP Paribas Open where he is the second seed behind Daniil Medvedev. Speaking about the conditions, the 23-year-old joked it was ‘very dry’ and therefore he will be having less bathroom breaks during matches. Referring to the recent criticism he has received from some of his peers over the timing of breaks he takes.

“It’s very dry here,” Tsitsipas said.
“That is good for me because I sweat less, which makes for less bathroom breaks, which makes for less complaints. So a very good sign so far,” he added with a smile.

The hope for Tsitsipas is that he will be able to build on his recent experience at the Laver Cup where he helped Europe secure their fourth consecutive title. The event provides players with the opportunity to work alongside each other in a team format. Something Tsitsipas relished but he is ready to get back to singles duty.

“I think team competitions are necessary for our sport and we don’t get to be united a lot,” he said. “We always kind of focus on ourselves and our things and environment and that is what you usually see on Tour. Players doing their own thing. Not much socialising.
“At the Laver Cup, we all get to have dinners together and all get to hang out with each other. Of course, though, we all have our competitiveness and if we get stuck around we might share too much with one another, that is the mentality behind it.”

Tsitsipas is yet to win a main draw match in Indian Wells. He will start his 2021 bid against either qualifier Roberto Marcora or Spain’s Pedro Martinez.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Trending