Tommy Paul scored the biggest win of his career with a shock 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 win over third seed Alexander Zverev under the spotlight at the Indian Wells Tennis Championships.
After a strong start, the 24-year-old American looked lucky in the California desert, when hard-hitting German opponent Zverev took a 4-2 lead in the deciding set.
But Zverev committed four double faults to get Paul back in the game, and the American didn’t waste this chance to take the set to a tie break and ultimately win the match.
“The match started well,” Paul said in an on-court interview. “I attacked him at the net and put a lot of pressure on his serve.
“Then Zverev started serving well in the second and third set, but luck was on my side a bit and I took the chances I had.”
Paul will face Alex de Minaur in the third round, who defeated fellow Australian John Millman 7-6, 6-3.
*The public takes revenge on Murray
Earlier, big-hitter Alexander Bublik avenged his losses to Andy Murray to beat him 7-6, 6-3 in the second round of the Indian Wells Championship, earning his first win over the Scotsman in three meetings between the two.
Publik won the first set tie break, while Murray was unable to use six break points.
The Kazakh player sealed the win with a nimble shot into the net on match point.
Bublik joined the crowd to greet three-time Grand Slam champion Murray, who scored his 700th career win on Friday, as he walked off the field.
Murray beat Publik in straight sets in Rotterdam in February.
“In the tie break, each side had a lot of chances, but in the first set I had the most chances, but I didn’t take them,” Murray told reporters.
Sixth seed Matteo Berrettini overcame a difficult hurdle by defeating 18-year-old qualifier Holger Ronh 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
The Italian, who reached the semi-finals at the Australian Open, was forced to withdraw with injury during the second set of his final match against Paul in Acapulco last month and admitted he is still suffering from the effects of the injury.
“It’s hard to compete again after this injury, but I’m happy to win,” said Bertini.
In other second-round matches, Americans Taylor Fritz, Steve Johnson, Francis Tiafoe and John Isner won in straight sets, while Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman and Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz needed three sets before reaching the third round.