In the Indian Wells men's event, California offers surprises, even if Alexander Zverev's misstep ends up at the top of the list. Called to redeem himself after the acts of Acapulco. The number three of the seeding, strongly conditioned by the wind in the inaugural set, fails to take advantage of a break advantage in the third or even to become competitive in the jeu decisif.
The merit of a great Tommy Paul, who therefore opens a passage also in the lower part of the board. On the way of the American tennis player Alex de Minaur, John Millman's executioner. Surprising success of Jaume Munar against Pablo Carreno Busta.
Frances Tiafoe with a double 6-4 gets rid of Brandon Nakashima. Felix Auger Aliassime eliminated by Van de Zandschlup: he does not exploit three match points in the second set in parallel but still finds sufficiently valid weapons to harpoon success at the threshold of two hours and thirty of play.
Alexandr Bublik overtakes Andy Murray: all in the first set the problems of the Kazakh, with his back to the wall on three occasions in the tie break that inaugurates the match and in control of the matter later. Good victory in three sets for Italian Matteo Berrettini.
Simona Halep won 6-3 6-4 against Coco Gauff in one hour and seventeen minutes, saving 4 conceded break points, and qualifying for the 4th round of BNP Paribas 2022, played on the Californian hard-courts of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Halep was never seriously in trouble during the third round match. For the Romanian player, this is the 13th victory of the season: in the fourth round she will face Sorana Cirstea. Although it was Coco Gauff's birthday, no kind of gift came from her opponent: on the contrary, the unconverted breakpoints and the mistakes granted by the 18-year-old American compromised a performance that was still below expectations, in terms of service quality, physical shape and mental resilience, unlike her opponent, capable of biting the match at the key moment.
In the other matches, wins for Angelique Kerber, Iga Swiatek and Madison Keys.
Rafael Nadal qualified for the third round of BNP Paribas 2022, played on the Californian hard-courts of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
The Spanish champion needs to catch up two breaks late in the third set to Sebastian Korda, in order to win the challenge. Nadal, who even without shining blocks the first set without particular difficulties, gradually loses lucidity in the choices from the baseline and above all struggles to keep the wake of the American on the power.
Petr's son, who finds quantity and quality among other things, manages above all to pinch the number four of the seeding on the backhand line. Element that allows him to harpoon the break on two occasions and to remedy the initial 6-2 with a 6-1.
Called for a second time to respond in the survival challenge, Rafa patiently unhinges the American's tennis and despite a mistake leaving the service with the forehand at 5-5 30-30 he at least manages to hook the tie break.
Nadal, who puts his head forward, leaves the serve on two occasions and finds himself chasing again. From 2-3, however, the minimum necessary is sufficient to engage the final 6-2 1-6 7-6 (3) after just over two and a half hours of play.
Waiting for Nadal, now with sixteen consecutive victories, Dan Evans. Victory for Jannik Sinner against Laslo Djere with a quick 6-3 6-3 and reaches Benjamin Bonzi in the third round. Stefanos Tsitsipas also passed the test of survival, forced to recover a mini-break behind Jack Sock in the tie break of the third set.
Shapovalov needs a great performance against Davidovich Fokina.
For Daniil Medvedev, the Machac test in the second round reserve turns out to be a very good competitive training. The number one in seeding, who remedies a rather complicated situation in the first game, takes measures and seals the 6-2 6-3 with some authority.
In the third round the challenge with Gael Monfils. Naomi Osaka was defeated in two sets in the second round of the BNP Paribas 2022. The young Japanese star lost to Veronika Kudermetova 0-6 4-6. The match between the Japanese and the Russian was marked by an insult by a person in the crowd addressed to Naomi at the beginning of the game, during the second game: someone shouted, in the general silence "Naomi, you suck" but her serious crisis generated in 2021 was born from a quite similar sentence of a relative in judging his performances on clay-courts.
In the other controversial story, Amanda Anisimova did not want to wait for the doctor to arrive for a retreat at 6-2 6-7 (0) against Leylah Fernandez who takes on not too delicate contours if you think that only a few days ago the American is found without a coach after Darren Cahill, without warning, decided to terminate the collaboration.