Indian Wells | Norrie through but Tsitsipas falls.

Cameron Norrie had no problems in his first match at the Indian Wells Masters as, following his first round bye courtesy of being the 10th seed at the event, he rolled past Taipei’s Wu Tung-Lin 6-2 6-4 on a day which saw half of the 16 seeds in the bottom half of the draw, eliminated, including Stefanos Tsitsipas at No.2.

It’s unreal, at a Masters 1000 … to have a win like that is incredible Jordan Thompson

Norrie, who has started the season well and includes a victory over Carlos Alcaraz whom he defeated in the final of the Rio de Janeiro Open last week having lost to him seven days earlier in the Buenos Aires title round, is full of confidence.

The British No.1, ranked 12 in the world at the start of the event, had little trouble as he raced through the opening set with two breaks of serve.

He looked to repeat that sequence in the second but with the score at 5-2, Wu pushed back to briefly provide some late resistance, but Norrie held his nerve to complete his victory in style with four aces when he served out next time round.

Norrie next plays Taro Daniel, the Japanese qualifier who surprisingly, scored a career boosting win when he took out the 28th seeded Matte Berrettini of Italy, 7-6(5) 0-6 6-3.

But the big surprise of the day, was Australian Jordan Thompson’s victory over the second seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas whom he outlasted 7-6(0) 4-6 7-6(5).

Jordan Thompson is congratulated by Stefanos Tsitsipas, the second favourite.

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“It’s unreal, at a Masters 1000 … to have a win like that is incredible,” said Thompson, the world number 87, whose only prior victory over a top-10 player came back in 2017 against Andy Murray at The Queen’s Club.

However, he did admit to feeling lucky when a forehand off the Greek’s racket was ruled out by a minimal whisker on match point!

“I’m thankful that last ball was out — I thought it was in,” Thompson admitted on court.

While Tsitsipas led the third-set tiebreaker 2-1 and 4-3, Thompson’s coolness under pressure paid off as the Greek star belted a forehand into the net to give the Aussie a match point before succumbing with that near miss.

Thompson next faces Chilean qualifier Alejandro Tabilo, who hung on to beat the 32nd seed from the US, Maxime Cressy 7-6(3) 7-6(13).

For Tsitsipas it was another setback in the wake of his excellent run to the Australian Open final last January where he picked up a shoulder injury.

Playing his first tournament since a second round loss in Rotterdam, Tsitsipas admitted earlier this week that his shoulder was still troubling him and he didn’t have high hopes of gaining a third Masters 1000 crown this time round.

Meanwhile the fifth-seeded Daniil Medvedev, having collected three titles in as many consecutive weeks, continued his blistering form with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over American Brandon Nakashima.

Medvedev didn’t face a break point in the first set but had to fight off half a dozen in an entertaining second set before closing it out with his third break of the American’s serve.

“There were some tough moments in the match, tough break point saves I’m happy that I managed to make it through,” Medvedev said. “Second set I could have done better on return a few times to maybe make my life easier, but he also played some great points.”

Third-seeded Casper Ruud and 12th-seeded Alexander Zverev all eased into the third round with straight-sets victories.

For Ruud, a 6-2 6-3 victory over former top-10 Argentinian Diego Schwartzman was a confidence-boosting win in a disappointing season so far, failing to get past the second round in all three vents he hs played soe far.

Casper Ruud striving to get his 2022 form back

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“I lost to Diego here a couple of years ago so it was nice to get revenge,” said Ruud, a finalist at the French Open and US Open last year.

“The goal was to try to play heavy and sometimes kind of mix up a little bit, come to the net and luckily today somehow that went well for me.”

Germany’s Zverev, attempting to rebuild his career after surgery for ankle ligament damage suffered at the French Open last year, breezed past Argentina’s Pedro Cachin 6-3 6-1.

In other early action Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori got the better of Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut, seeded 22, taking him out 7-6(5) 6-2 while Frenchman Ugo Humbert ended the hopes of the 22nd seed, Canada’s Denis Shapovalov 7-5 6-4 and Aussie Jason Kubler benefited from the third set retirement of 21st seed, Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov with the score standing at 2-6 7-6(3) 3-0.



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