Dan Evans defeated Kei Nishikori for the first time in eight years, while Cameron Norrie came through against Tennys Sandgren reaches third round in Indian Wells.
UK No. 1 Evans State on the edge of breaking through in the top 20 for the first time at the age of 31, fight back
of a set down against Nishikori to win 4-6 6-3 6-4.
Norrie has arrived in the California desert on the back of one fifth final appearance of The season in San Diego, and he made it through with a 6-4 5-7 6-0 win over American Sandgren.
Nishikori had won three of their four previous encounters, with Only Evans success coming in his breakthrough Grand Slam run at the US Open in 2013.
The Japanese player is currently ranked down at 53 but he remains a candy ball-striker and smooth mover, and he got better of three breaks of serve to take the opening set.
But Evans, who reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the second time in New York last month, have his reward for shred at Nishikori service? in the second set with a break in the sixth game.
Both men received treatment on their feet during the match, and Nishikori turned out to be in the predominance of the start of the decider, but Evans withstood the pressure and moved forward in the seventh game to store two pauses points to take the win after almost three hours in intense heat.
“The heart sinks a little when I see Kei’s name waiting to come through,” Evans said with a smile. “The circumstances don’t really bother me like it, but it was a tough draw.
“It was satisfying how I treated with a little of setback after the first set and missed a few chances to get up, so it was nice to stop by in An good, difficult match.”
evans, who revealed that he is related met with a continuous toe problem, shall next meets 11th-seeded Diego Schwartzman.
Norrie appeared to be cruising at 5-1 in the opening set against Sandgren and with three set points on to be opponent’s serving.
The American stumbled over the field, but Norrie had to dig deep to keep Sandgren from leveling in the opening set and then failed capitalize on An lead in the second when he was pushed to a decision maker.
But the British No. 2, who is on a career high of 26 in the rankingsgot the job done in the end, racing through the third set until set up a meeting with 15th seed Roberto Bautista Agut.
Norrie admitted it was strange match, saying on Amazon Prime video: “I was up 5-1, think it was 0-40, and he managed to watch like he wasn’t that interested and then he was interested.
“I had a lot of opportunities in the second and then he came at me again. To be good to get the first match below the belt and then I played pretty solid in the third set.
“Certainly a lot of things about work on. I guess I didn’t do much good today apart from fighting for every point.”
He will take on Spaniard and 15th seed Roberto Bautista Agut for An place in the last 16 while there were also wins for Hubert Hurkacz, Reilly Opelka, Grigor Dimitrov, Lloyd Harris and Frances Tiafoe, who knocked out compatriot Sebastian Korda.
US Open Champion Daniil Medvedev made light work of Mackenzie McDonald for his . to book place in the third round.
The number 1 seed beat the American in one hours and 13 minutes, reaching 22 winners in a 6-4 6-2 win to set up An last-32 meeting with Filip Krajinovic, who knocked out the Russian during his last appearance on the tournament back in 2019.
World No. 5 Andrey Rublev joined it in the next round with a routine win over Carlos Taberner and it was a similar story for sixth seed Casper Ruud after he became the better of Roberto Carballes Baenac in straight series.
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