Thanasi Kokkinakis – Gritty Indian Wells encounter, will face Bernard Tomic in round of 16.
Thanasi Kokkinakis has showed plenty of resolve to win through a gritty encounter with Argentine Juan Monaco at the Indian Wells Masters in California.
The Australian teenager triumphed 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (7/5) over the world number 48 on Tuesday (AEDT) to move into the fourth round where he will face countryman Bernard Tomic.
Tomic defeated eighth-seed David Ferrer of Spain 7-5, 6-4.
After dominating the first set, Kokkinakis conceded the second before taking an injury time-out in the third as he appeared to be suffering from heat exhaustion.
He recovered to take control once more, but missed his opportunity to seal the match when a Monaco passing shot on match point landed wide but was called in, with the Australian unable to overturn the decision having used up all his challenges.
He was able to finish the job in the tie breaker, however, to become the first teenager to reach a Masters 1000 round of 16 since Tomic in Cincinnati in 2012.
Tomic defeated Ferrer for the first time in his career, having lost their previous three matches.
The Australian was gritty on serve, saving 11 of 13 break points against him.
He also broke Ferrer on four occasions, taking advantage of seven break points from the Spaniard.
Meanwhile, Australian Open champion and world number one Novak Djokovic continued his bid for a fourth title at Indian Wells after beating Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-5, 6-3.
Murray stutters but progresses
Andy Murray recovered from a surprising second-set stutter to beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 in their third-round match.
Seemingly in total control after breezing through the opening set in just 25 minutes at a sun-drenched Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the Scot was broken after a marathon eighth game in the second as Kohlschreiber levelled the contest.
However, it was then back to business in the third for Murray as he broke the German’s serve in the second and fourth games before sealing victory in a little under two hours when his opponent hit a forehand wide.
“Towards the end of the second set there were a lot of long games and he was creating a lot of opportunities,” fourth-seed Murray said. “He definitely started to return better.
“The game where I got broken, I played a few poor shots as well. He capitalised on that. It can happen in these conditions where it’s so lively that you can miss-time a few balls … if your footwork and your movement isn’t quite as it should be.
“But apart from that, I thought I played a good match against a tough opponent who I think plays well in these conditions. It was a good win for me.”
Murray, who battled past Kohlschreiber after a five-set marathon in their most recent meeting at last year’s French Open, will next face Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, who beat Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis 6-4, 6-4.
In other matches, fifth-seeded Japanese Kei Nishikori fought back to beat Spanish left-hander Fernando Verdasco 6-7 (8/6), 6-1, 6-4 while big-serving American John Isner powered past South African Kevin Anderson 7-6 (8/6), 6-2.