Indian Wells Masters Quarterfinals LIVE: Nikoloz Basilashvili makes maiden Masters semis after epic upset win over World No.3 Tsitsipas

Indian Wells Masters Quarterfinals LIVE: Nikoloz Basilashvili makes maiden Masters semis after epic upset win over World No.3 Tsitsipas
Indian Wells Masters Quarterfinals LIVE: Nikoloz Basilashvili makes maiden Masters semis after epic upset win over World No.3 Tsitsipas

Indian Wells Masters Quarterfinals LIVE: Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Nikoloz Basilashvili- Second-seed Stefanos Tsitsipas suffered a shock defeat as Nikoloz Basilashvili pulled off a stunning upset win at the Indian Wells Masters quarter-finals. The win is the biggest of Basilashvili’s career and will be his first ATP 1000 semi-final appearance. Tsitsipas, who the last four in Toronto and Cincinnati, missed out on their straight MAsters 1000 semi-final. Follow Indian Wells Masters Quarterfinals LIVE updates on insidesport.co and live streaming on VOOT.

Indian Wells Masters Quarterfinals LIVE: Nikoloz Basilashvili makes maiden Masters semis after epic upset win over World No.3 Tsitsipas

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Nikoloz Basilashvili sprung a surprise on Friday at the BNP Paribas Open, earning the biggest win of his career with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 upset of World No. 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach his first ATP Masters 1000 semi-final.

The Georgian was competing in his maiden Masters 1000 quarter-final and produced an impressive performance as he caused Tsitsipas problems from the baseline with his powerful groundstrokes, raising his level in the third set to advance after two hours and nine minutes.

“I have played really great matches this tournament,” Basilashvili said. “I was not that happy with how I played today but I was happy with how I managed my stress levels. First time in the quarter-finals and it is a big court and Stefanos is a super tough player. I had to keep my physical levels and energy levels in a really good shape because I knew mentally I would be a little bit tight and stressed.”

With his victory, the World No. 36 has reduced the deficit to 1-2 in his ATP Head2Head series against Tsitsipas. Before this year, Basilashvili had never won a main-draw match in Indian Wells in four previous appearances. The 29-year-old will now face America’s Taylor Fritz for a place in the final.

Basilashvili, who rallied from a set-and-a-break down in his third-round victory against Albert Ramos-Vinolas, has won tour-level titles in Doha and Munich this year. The 29th seed’s last Top 5 victory came against then-World No. 5 Alexander Zverev in Hamburg in 2019.

“I have spent a lot of time working hard,” Basilashvili added. “I have been playing really well. For me to overcome stressful moments I am really happy. I also found it here that the conditions don’t suit my game because the balls fly a lot, but this year I am playing well.”

In a lively first set, Basilashvili made a fast start as he broke in the opening game, causing Tsitsipas problems with his powerful groundstrokes. The Georgian controlled the tempo of the match, notching 14 winners in the first set as Tsitsipas struggled to find his rhythm from the baseline.

However, the Greek began to gain momentum in the second set as he dominated the longer rallies as he soaked up Basilashvili’s power. The 23-year-old did not face a break point on his serve as he levelled.

After breaks were exchanged in the third set, Basilashvili produced a strong return game and was gifted the lead when Tsitsipas double faulted on break to move 4-3 ahead. From there, the Georgian kept his composure, fending off pressure from Tsitsipas to hold serve twice to advance.

Tsitsipas was aiming to reach his third consecutive Masters 1000 semi-final in North America, having enjoyed a run to the last four in Toronto and Cincinnati. The Monte-Carlo champion has earned a tour-leading 54 victories this season.

  • Tsitsipas has won 29 out of 37 matches in 2021 hardcourt events. He has lost just a couple of matches in his last 10 appearances.
  • Tsitsipas, who left his mark in the Australian Open and French Open, has a win-loss ratio of 54:14 in the ongoing calendar year.
  • He is now chasing his 3rd ATP title in 2021 after clinching Lyon and Monte Carlo titles.
  • Basilashvili has won just 17 out of 29 matches on hardcourt events in 2021.
  • He has attained victories in Munich and Doha so he could upset Tsitsipas if he brings his A-game on the court.

Tsitsipas leads the Head-to-Head clash 2-0. Can Basilashvili change the stats? Follow us at insidesport.in to find out

Tsitsipas vs Basilashvili LIVE: EVENT BREAKDOWN

Year Event Surface RND Winner Result
2019 Beijing
China
Outdoor Hard R16 Stefanos Tsitsipas 46 63 62
2019 Australian Open
Australia
Outdoor Hard R32 Stefanos Tsitsipas 63 36 767 64

 

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