Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev knocked out at Indian Wells

Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev suffer shock exits at Indian Wells as ATP event continues to produce upsets… and Britain’s Cameron Norrie is highest-seeded player left in the tournament

  • World No 2 Tsitsipas lost in three sets to unseeded Nikoloz Basilashvili
  • Zverev, the world No 4, spurned two match points as he lost to Taylor Fritz
  • Fritz and Basilashvili face each other for a place in the final on Saturday
  • Britain’s Cameron Norrie plays Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov in second semi-final
  • No 21 seed Norrie is highest-seeded player left in the men’s tournament 

The Indian Wells Masters lost two of the top-four ranked players in the world, with Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev both knocked out in the quarter-finals overnight.

World No 3 Tsitsipas was knocked out of the California event in three sets by unseeded Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili 4-6, 6-2, 4-6, while Zverev, the reigning Olympic champion and the world No 4, lost 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (3-7) to Taylor Fritz.

The German failed to convert two match points when up 5-3 in the second set, hitting two double faults to give Fritz a lifeline.

Stefanos Tsitsipas lost in three sets to unseeded Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili on Friday

Alexander Zverev suffered a surprise loss to America’s Taylor Fritz in the quarter-finals 

The American made the most of his reprieve and forced his way back into the contest, ultimately winning in three sets to reach the semi-final of a Masters 1,000 event for the first time in his career.

‘Today was just not really my day, to be honest,’ Zverev, who had eliminated Andy Murray in the third round, said after the match.

‘I was close to winning, but the level of tennis was just not quite there for me.

‘Fritz played a great match. He deserves to be in the semi-finals. Today mentally is not easy for me. I have played well. 

‘But this one hurts because I knew that after Stefanos [Tsitsipas] lost this morning, I was kind of the favourite to win this tournament, but my tennis wasn’t there.’

The world No 4 wasted two match points in the second set and ultimately lost 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)

Fritz reached the semifinal of a Masters 1,000 event for the first time in his career

Earlier in the day, the tournament had produced another high profile victim, with world No 3 Tsitsipas suffering a surprise loss against Basilashvili. 

The Greek had defeated the Georgian in both of their previous meetings – at the 2019 Australian Open and at the China Open in the same year – but never looked in control.

After losing the first set, Tsitsipas took the second to level the match but continued to produce a series of uncharacteristic mistakes in the decider and allowed Basilashvili to capitalise.

The world No 2 committed a series of uncharacteristic errors as he suffered an upset loss

Like Fritz, the Georgian will play in a semi-final of a Masters 1,000 event for the first time when he takes on the American on Saturday.

In the other semi-final, Britain’s Cameron Norrie will play No 23 seed Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria, who upset world No 2 and reigning US Open champion Daniil Medvedev in the last 16 earlier this week.

The No 21 seed, Norrie is the highest-ranked player left in the tournament. 

The Greek had won both of his previous meetings against the unseeded Georgian but had no answer to Basilashvili at Indian Wells on Friday and fell to a surprise defeat

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