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DEMON BACK ON THE WINNERS LIST AT INDIAN WELLS

Posted By Jedd Zetzer  
11/10/2021
16:00 PM

Alex de Minaur is back on the winners list after defeating fellow Australian Aleksandar Vukic 6-4, 7-5 at the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday. 

There's no doubting Australia's no. 1 ranked male player has been in a form slump, but the world no. 27 managed to snap a four match losing streak on Sunday in Palm Springs, booking his place in the third round of the Masters 1000 tournament. 

It's been a difficult season for Alex de Minaur. The 22 year old has struggled to produce his scintillating best tennis this season, but the Aussie dug deep to claim a straight sets win over fellow New South Welshman Aleksandar Vukic on Sunday in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. 

De Minaur came from a break down in the second set to wrap the match up in straights, setting up a third round meeting with no. 13 seed Cristian Garin. The Demon hit seven aces, and dropped just seven points on his second serve in one of his more impressive showings in the second half of the year. 

Fellow Australian John Millman was comprehensively beaten by Italian No. 10 seed Jannik Sinner 2-6, 2-6 in 74 minutes earlier on Sunday afternoon. 

The rising Italian star was at his brilliant best, and Millman let him know about it after the match.

"You were ******** so good today. It felt like you didn't miss many," Millman said when the pair shook hands after the match.

On the doubles court, Aussie John Peers and Slovak Filip Polasek claimed a narrow 7-5, 6-7(1), 10-7 victory over Ariel Behar and Gonzalo Escobar to book their place in the round of 16. 

Taking a look at the rest of the action from Sunday in Palm Springs;

Top 10 seeds Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev and Matteo Berrettini all advanced to the third round. 

The upset of the day came on Stadium 3, where Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas took down No. 7 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 6-2 in 76 minutes. 

And in the blockbuster match of the day, Andy Murray turned back the clock, producing some tremendous tennis, coming from a set down to defeat rising Spaniard and 30th seed Carlos Alcaraz 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.

On the women's side of the draw, the day was jam packed with exciting matchups. 

27th seed Viktoria Azarenka produced some of the best tennis we've seen from her this season, toppling No. 7 seed Petra Kvitova 7-5, 6-4 in a tight encounter which spanned over one hour and 49 minutes. 

In the match that followed on Stadium 2, No. 11 seed Simona Halep suffered a straight sets defeat to Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich, who managed to back up her round one win over Emma Raducanu. The 100th ranked player in the world claimed a 7-5, 6-4 win, setting up a fourth round meeting with fellow Belarusian Azarenka.

Seeds Iga Świątek, Elina Svitolina, Jessica Pegula and Jelena Ostapenko also advanced on Sunday in the desert.

It was a case of saving the best till last when it came to the match of the day. US Open runner up Leylah Fernandez came from behind to take down Roland Garros runner up Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 in two hours and 42 minutes, capping off a fantastic day of tennis at the BNP Paribas Open. 

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