No. 8 seed Hubert Hurkacz was absolutely happy with his Indian Wells Masters round-of-16 performance against Australian Open semifinalist Aslan Karatsev.
Hurkacz, ranked at No. 12 in the world, demolished 19th-seeded Karatsev 6-1 6-3 to progress into the Indian Wells quarterfinal.
The two players were tied at one game apiece after the opening two games but then Hurkacz claimed back-to-back breaks and won five games in a row to win the opener in style.
Hurkacz then broke Karatsev in the fifth game of the second set but the Russian broke back in the following game.
However, Hurkacz kept his focus as he then earned back-to-back breaks to win three games in a row and book a straight-set win.
“Today’s performance was good on my side,” Hurkacz said, per the ATP website. “I returned well. I was making a lot of balls. I was also getting some free points on the serve, so that was very important for today’s game.”
Diego Schwartzman joined Hurkacz on the winners’ circle
Schwartzman, ranked at No. 15 in the world, surprised world No. 10 Casper Ruud 6-3 6-3.
“It is a big win because I was trying to find my best tennis,” Schwartzman said. “At the beginning of the year I was very tired, it was not easy for the South American players to be travelling all the time. [With] no way to go back home, it was very tough. Sometimes your mind is not there. Since Roland Garros, when the bubbles finished on the ATP Tour, I started to feel a little bit better and I am practising better than before.”
Schwartzman has been through to the Indian Wells quarterfinal for the first time in his career.
“I am playing better, I am feeling better,” Schwartzman added. “I am running, I am hitting winners, I am serving better and returning better. The confidence is high right now, so now is a good time.”