Tennis Olympic champion Alexander Zverev was surprisingly eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Masters in Indian Wells against the American Taylor Fritz. The world number four completely lost the thread at the end of the game, missed two match points and lost to the Californian 6: 4, 3: 6, 6: 7 (3: 7).
Against number 39 in the world rankings, it was only the second defeat for Zverev since Wimbledon was eliminated in early summer. Since then he had only lost to Novak Djokovic at the US Open.
Tsitsipas also failed surprisingly
Fritz will now face Nikolos Bassilashvili in the semifinals. The Georgian had unexpectedly won against the world number three, Stefanos Tsitsipas from Greece 6: 4, 2: 6, 6: 4. In the other semi-final of the hard court tournament in California, endowed with 8.76 million US dollars, the Bulgarians Grigor Dimitrov and Cameron Norrie from Great Britain face each other.
For women, too, German hopes were buried in the quarter-finals. Angelique Kerber was the highest seeded remaining player in the round of the last eight, but she was defeated by Paula Badosa from Spain after 86 minutes 4-6, 5-7. With that, Kerber’s chances of still making it to the WTA finals dwindled.