Canada's Auger-Aliassime eliminated from Indian Wells in opening match
No. 7 seed Rublev overpowers Koepfer; Raducanu ousted by Martic on women's side
Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime was bounced from the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday.
The ninth-ranked Auger-Aliassime was upset 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 3-6 by Botic van De Zandschulp of the Netherlands in the second round.
The match lasted three hours 15 minutes.
The 21-year-old from Montreal was on the brink of defeat multiple times in the encounter. He fought off four match points — three in the second set and one in the third.
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But van De Zandschulp, ranked 47th in the world, made him pay on the fifth match point, coming to the net and volleying a backhand out of the Canadian's reach.
Auger-Aliassime made 59 unforced errors, eight double faults and eight aces in the match.
After winning the second-set tiebreak, Auger-Aliassime lost serve to kick off the third set and he played catch-up throughout, failing to break his opponent back.
In the marathon second set, the Canadian managed to force a tiebreak despite losing serve in the 10th game and facing three match points in the 12th.
Equally long was the first set, which lasted one hour 13 minutes and also went to a tiebreak. The tournament's ninth seed lost serve in the third game, broke the Dutch player back in the sixth before dropping a tightly contested tiebreak.
Rublev claims 10th straight win, Murray knocked out
Andrey Rublev beat Dominik Koepfer 7-5, 6-4 on Sunday in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open, improving the Russian's record to 15-2 this year with his 10th straight victory.
Rublev trails only Rafael Nadal's mark of 16-0 on the season, having won titles in Dubai and Marseille.
The seventh-seeded Russian overpowered Koepfer with 32 winners, including 18 off the forehand side. Rublev also controlled the net, taking 11 of 15 points there.
Trailing 2-4 in the first set, Rublev won a 28-stroke rally with a forehand. Rublev broke at 5-all to take control of the set.
The biggest upset of the day happned on the men's side as American Tommy Paul stunned No. 3 Alexei Zverev 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (2).
No. 23 John Isner defeated Sam Querrey 7-6 (6), 7-6 (3), Steve Johnson beat No. 22 Aslan Karatsev 7-6 (5), 6-4 and No. 28 Frances Tiafoe defeated Brandon Nakashima 6-4, 6-4.
No. 20 Taylor Fritz, a semifinalist here last year, beat Kamil Majchrzak of Poland 6-1, 6-1
"I think I'm a way better player than I was when I was here last year," Fritz said. "My goal is to move into the top 10. I definitely have higher expectations."
No. 24 Marin Cilic went down 6-7 (7), 6-3, 7-6 (6) to Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia.
Swiatek advances; Raducanu, Gauff ousted
In women's play, No. 3 Iga Swiatek got by 29th-seeded Clara Tauson 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-1.
Playing on her 18th birthday, No. 16 Coco Gauff lost to Simona Halep 6-3, 6-4.
Petra Martic of Croatia outlasted 11th-seeded Emma Raducanu 6-7 (3), 6-4, 7-5 in nearly three hours. No. 25 Madison Keys advanced 7-6 (4), 6-1 over Alison Riske.
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With files from The Associated Press