Fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas came within two points of defeat in a tough battle with Jack Sock to make his way to the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday night. Sock, who had smashed 28 forehand winners to be on the cusp of his first Top 10 victory since 2017, had the match on his racket serving at 5/4 in the third-set tiebreak.
But as it happened in the first set tie-break, his recent lack of experience in big matches showed when the chips were low, and he made two unforced errors to let Tsitsipas in, the Greek closing out the match 7-6 (5). ), 3-6, 7-6(5).
”It was a crazy battle; we both left everything there,” Tsitsipas said. “Jack played incredibly well at times, but in the end I was able to get the best of my game. I showed that I could play aggressive tennis and stay calm at the same time”.
Tsitsipas will next meet another fast-rising American, Jenson Brooksby, who posted a resounding 6-0, 6-3 victory over Olympic silver medalist Karen Khachanov. Former World No. 1 and Tennis Channel commentator Jim Courier says such is Brooksby’s form, that the 21-year-old will start as the favorite against the Greek World No.
5. The fifth seed entered Stadium 1 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden more than 140 places higher than the American in the ATP Rankings. A 35-year-old Roger Federer stunned the world by winning the Australian Open seeded 17th when very few gave him a chance.
He followed it up with title victories in Indian Wells, Miami, Halle, Wimbledon, Shanghai, and Basel to cap off a phenomenal year.
Federer stunned the world
Indian Wells tournament director Tommy Haas recently compared Rafael Nadal’s comeback to Roger Federer’s return to action in 2017.
The German feels Nadal’s incredible 15-0 start to the season is reminiscent of the sensational form Federer showed at the start of 2017. “Yeah, it’s truly, truly incredible,” Tommy Haas said. “I had the chance to actually have dinner with him the other night so I got a little bit more of the insights about his start to the season.
Kind of reminds me a little bit of you know, when Roger was injured for about six, seven months and he came back in 2017 and sort of you know, had a phenomenal start to the season when he won Australia, came here and to Miami to win that and then on to win Wimbledon.”