Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Hurkacz upsets Nishikori at Indian Wells

Hurkacz upsets Nishikori at Indian Wells
Hurkacz upsets Nishikori at Indian Wells

Kei Nishikori was beating by Hubert Hurkacz in the third round of the ATP Indian Wells Masters.

Hurkacz rallied for a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory, recovering a break in the third set to post his second win in as many tournaments over Nishikori after a second-round triumph in Dubai.

That victory, which put him into his first ATP quarter-final, propelled Hurkacz to his current career-high ranking.

Now Hurkacz is in the last 16 of a Masters 1000 event for the first time and will play Denis Shapovalov for a place in the quarter-finals.

Shapovalov needed just 72 minutes to beat Marin Cilic of Croatia 6-4, 6-2.

Nishikori was denied a fourth last-16 appearance at Indian Wells in his most recent four appearances. He missed the tournament last year because of illness.

"Credit to him today," said the Japanese star. "I started good, but obviously he played much better in the second and third.

"He started making more serves," he added of Hurkacz, who fired 10 aces. "He was playing more solid from the baseline. He was playing everything better, playing aggressive and serving better.

"If I could have gotten a few points maybe things (would have) changed. But I couldn't."

Article from AFP