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Tsitsipas, Zverev battle into BNP Paribas Open quarter-finals

Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev are through to the Indian Wells quarter-finals following respective victories over Alex de Minaur and Gael Monfils on Wednesday night.

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2021 BNP Paribas Open | Draw | Order of Play

There have been plenty of upsets throughout the fortnight at the BNP Paribas Open, but Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev were not about to get caught up it in on Wednesday.

With Daniil Medvedev having lost to Grigor Dimitrov earlier on Wednesday, Tsitsipas and Zverev were already the top two title favorites heading into the night session. They confirmed their status as such when Tsitsipas defeated Alex de Minaur 6-7(3), 7-6(3), 6-2 and then Zverev coasted past Gael Monfils 6-1, 6-3.

As the scores suggest, Tsitsipas at least had to work hard. The second-seeded Greak was a tiebreaker away from going out of the tournament, but he raised his level when it mattered most to overcome a spirited challenge by de Minaur.

“We both played great, long rallies, battling from the baseline, trying to move the ball left to right,” Tsitsipas explained. “There were a lot of exchanges. It got really physical. I was ready for the challenge to make it physical. I was ready to leave my last breath and really go and wait and not rush it. That took a lot of willpower. It’s one thing said and one thing done. I was ready to stay for three more hours on the court.”

Tsitsipas did not need quite that long, as he finished the job in two hours and 43 minutes.

Zverev in a hurry against Monfils

Zverev had no such trouble in the nightcap against Monfils. The third-seeded German had turned the tide of a 0-3 lifetime record against Andy Murray one day earlier and he did the exact same thing against Monfils in the fourth round. Winless in three tries with the Frenchman on the other side of the net, Zverev made sure things would be different this time around. He broke in four of eight return games and served at 72 percent while double-faulting only one. He needed just one hour and one minute to advance.

Next up for Zverev is Taylor Fritz, a straight-set winner over Jannik Sinner. Tsitsipas awaits Nikoloz Basilashvili, who knocked off Karen Khachanov 6-4, 7-6(6).

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