Yesterday was a perfect day for the Australian contingent in Indian Wells with four wins from four matches. Today was the opposite with zero wins from three matches with losses for Alex de Minaur, Ajla Tomljanovic and Nick Kyrgios.
In 2016 Kyrgios won the Tokyo ATP 500 event and then backed up at the Shanghai Masters losing in round two. History has repeated itself with Kyrgios having a marvellous week in Acapulco, winning the title and now losing in round two at the Indian Wells Masters 1000 event.
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Photo: Nick Kyrgios of Australia congratulates Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany after their match during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 09, 2019 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
It was world no. 39 that defeated Kyrgios 6-4, 6-4 with a break in each set.
Kyrgios held four break points in the fourth game of the first set but was unable to convert after a nice backhand winner from his opponent, and then an unforced error.
At 30-40 Kohlschreiber hit a forehand winner to get to deuce. Kyrgios then forced an error from the German as he played a drop shot that Kohlschreiber netted. On the fourth break opportunity, Kohlschreiber found the outside of the line, forcing an error from Kyrgios.
After close to seven minutes Kohlschreiber finally was able to hold serve.
In the seventh game, Kyrgios started with an unforced error to fall 0-15 behind. The players exchange points to see scores level at 30-30 before Kohlschreiber hit a backhand slice that clipped the net and landed in for a winner. Kyrgios then hit a shot that landed twice on the net before landing out to hand the German a break.
With a break in hand, Kohlschreiber was able to close out the set.
In the second set during the fifth game, Kyrgios was up 40-15 when he attempted a drop shot that ended up in the net. On the next point Kyrgios pushed a backhand long to make it deuce. Next came a shot into the net for Ad to Kohlschreiber. A double fault and suddenly the game was gone.
That break was again the key game for the set. Kyrgios was unable to earn a break point in the next few games and he was out of the tournament after a brilliant week in Acapulco just a week ago.
In an earlier match, Alex de Minaur cruised through the first set against American qualifier Marcos Giron who is ranked at no. 217. Things went downhill from there with Giron winning 1-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Ajla Tomljanovic lost to world no. 9 Aryna Sabalenka 6-3, 4-6, 6-0.
Later in the day Jordan Thompson lost his match to make it a 0-4 day in Indian Wells.