Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime was rebounded from Sunday’s BNP Paribas Open.
Ninth-placed Auger-Aliassime was upset in the second round against Botic van De Zandschulp of the Netherlands 6-7(4) 7-6(4) 3-6.
The game lasted three hours 15 minutes.
The 21-year-old from Montreal was on the verge of defeat several times in the encounter. He fended off four match points – three in the second set and one in the third.
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But van De Zandschulp, ranked at No. 47 in the world, made him pay on the fifth match point, came to the net and played a backhand from within the Canadian’s reach.
Auger-Aliassime had 59 unforced errors, eight double faults and eight aces in the match.
After winning the tie-break in set number two, Auger-Aliassime lost serve to open the third set, playing up throughout without breaking his opponent back.
In the second set of the marathon, the Canadian managed to force a tiebreak despite losing serve in the 10th game and facing three match points in the 12th.
The first set, which lasted one hour and 13 minutes and also went into a tie-break, was just as long. The ninth seedling of the tournament lost serve in game three, breaking the Dutchman in game six before losing a hard-fought tie break.
Rublev claims 10th straight win, Murray eliminated
Andrey Rublev defeated Dominik Koepfer 7-5, 6-4 in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday, improving the Russian’s record this year to 15-2 with his 10th straight win.
Rublev is just behind Rafael Nadal’s mark of 16-0 in the season after winning titles in Dubai and Marseille.
The seventh Russian overwhelmed Koepfer with 32 wins, including 18 from the forehand side. Rublev also controlled the net and scored 11/15 there.
Trailing 4-2 in the first set, Rublev won a 28-stroke rally with a forehand. Rublev broke at 5-all to take control of the set.
No. 23 John Isner defeated Sam Querrey 7-6 (6), 7-6 (3), Steve Johnson defeated No. 22 Aslan Karatsev 7-6 (5), 6-4 and No. 28 Frances Tiafoe defeated Brandon Nakashima 6 -4, 6-4.
Taylor Fritz, No. 20, semi-finalist here last year, defeated Kamil Majchrzak of Poland 6-1, 6-1
“I think I’m a much better player than when I was here last year,” said Fritz. “My goal is to break into the top 10. I definitely have higher expectations.”
The No. 24 Marin Cilic lost to the Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic 6: 7 (7), 6: 3, 7: 6 (6).
Swiatek advances; Raducanu, Gauff ousted
In the women’s game, number 3 Iga Swiatek defeated Clara Tauson, who was 29th, 6:7 (3), 6:2, 6:1.
On her 18th birthday, No. 16 Coco Gauff lost to Simona Halep 6-3, 6-4.
Petra Martic of Croatia overtook Emma Raducanu in 11th place 6-7(3), 6-4, 7-5 in almost three hours. No. 25 Madison Keys improved 7-6 (4), 6-1 against Alison Riske.
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