Thompson stuns second seed Tsitsipas at Indian Wells | 11 March, 2023 | All News | News and Features | News and Events

Thompson stuns second seed Tsitsipas at Indian Wells | 11 March, 2023 | All News | News and Features | News and Events

Jordan Thompson eliminated world No.3 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second round at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

Indian Wells, USA, 11 March 2023 | Leigh Rogers

Jordan Thompson recorded one of the biggest wins of his career, defeating world No.3 Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second round at Indian Wells.

The 28-year-old Sydney native summoned his courage to close out a 7-6(0) 4-6 7-6(5) victory in a two hour and 36 minute match against the Australian Open 2023 finalist.

It was Thompson’s second career win against a top 10-ranked opponent and first since defeating world No.1 Andy Murray in June 2017.

“It’s unreal,” beamed the world No.87, who lost his past 10 meetings against a top-10 player in straight sets.

“It’s one of my favorite tournaments, and I think a lot of players have a favorite tournament to play in. To have a win like this is incredible. I’m really happy.”

It pushed Thompson, currently on a seven-match winning streak, into the third round at an ATP Masters 1000 tournament for the first time.

His next opponent is world No.187-ranked Chilean qualifier Alejandro Tabilo, who knocked out No.32-seeded American Maxime Cressy in the second round.

Aussie Jason Kubler also eliminated a seeded opponent today, advancing when Grigor Dimitrov retired in the third set of their clash.

Kubler led the No.21 seed 2-6 7-6(5) 3-0 then.

It continues a dream debut for the world No.75 at ATP Masters 1000 level, who will face 14th seed Frances Tiafoe in the next round.

Thompson and Kubler are among a record six Australians to advance to the second round of this year’s Indian Wells men’s singles draw. This is the most to reach this stage since 1977.

Alex de Minaur, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Alexei Popyrin and Rinky Hijikata are scheduled to play their second-round matches tomorrow.

Matt Ebden and Indian partner Rohan Bopanna scored a first-round win in the men’s doubles competition, prevailing 7-5 3-6 [10-6] against Brazilian Rafael Matos and Spanish David Vega Hernandez.

Reigning Australian Open champions Rinky Hijikata and Jason Kubler bowed out but lost to the American combination of Austin Krajicek and Mackenzie McDonald in straight sets.

In today’s women’s doubles action, Ellen Perez and American partner Nicole Melichar-Martinez entered the second round. The eighth-seeded combination scored a 7-6(3) 6-4 win over Canadian Bianca Andreescu and Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva.

Aussies in action – Indian Wells

Men’s singles, second round
Jordan Thompson (AUS) d [2] Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 7-6(0) 4-6 7-6(5)
Jason Kubler (AUS) d [21] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 2-6 7-6(5) 3-0 ret.

Women’s doubles, first round
[8] Ellen Perez (AUS)/Nicole Melichar-Martinez (USA) d [WC] Bianca Andreescu (CAN)/Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) 7-6(3) 6-4

Men’s doubles, first round
Matt Ebden (AUS)/Rohan Bopanna (IND) d Rafael Matos (BRA)/David Vega Hernandez (ESP) 7-5 3-6 [10-6]
Austin Krajicek (USA)/Mackenzie McDonald (USA) d Rinky Hijikata (AUS)/Jason Kubler (AUS) 6-1 6-3

Men’s singles, second round
[16] Alex de Minaur (AUS) v Marton Fucsovics (HUN)
[Q] Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) v [1] Carlos Alcaraz (ESP)
[Q] Rinky Hijikata (AUS) v [30] Sebastian Baez (ARG)
[LL] Alexei Popyrin (AUS) v [9] Hubert Hurkacz (POL)

Men’s singles, third round
Jason Kubler (AUS) v [14] Frances Tiafoe (USA)
Jordan Thompson (AUS) v [Q] Alejandro Tabilo (CHI)

> WATCH: Full Indian Wells men’s singles draw

Women’s doubles, first round
[6] Storm Hunter (AUS)/Elise Mertens (BEL) v Paula Badosa (ESP)/Elena Rybakina (KAZ)

Women’s doubles, second round
[8] Ellen Perez (AUS)/Nicole Melichar-Martinez (USA) v TBC

> WATCH: Full Indian Wells women’s doubles draw

Men’s doubles, second round
John Peers (AUS)/Dan Evans (GBR) v Jamie Murray (GBR)/Michael Venus (NZL)
Matt Ebden (AUS)/Rohan Bopanna (IND) v Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)/Hubert Hurkacz (POL)

> WATCH: Full Indian Wells men’s doubles draw

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