Tennis News • Americans riding high at Indian Wells BNP Masters as Isner, Fritz and Brooksby advance

John Isner of the United States will take on Grigor Dimitrov at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif. EPA-EFE/JOHN G MABANGLO

By Ricky Dimon

With the hard-court summer swing, the Sunshine Double in Indian Wells and Miami is John Isner’s favorite time of year. Indian Wells is specifically Taylor Fritz’ favorite tournament.

It is therefore not surprising to see the two Americans doing damage in the desert.

Isner and Fritz battled through to the fourth round with respective wins on Tuesday. They took very different routes to get there, as Isner erased Diego Schwartzman 7-5, 6-3 after Fritz had to survive a 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(2) thriller against Jaume Munar. With those results, Isner now has a lifetime 26-12 record at the BNP Paribas Open while Fritz, a semi-finalist last fall, has reached the last 16 in three of his last four appearances.

“I really like the conditions here,” said Isner, who was a runner-up in 2012 (lost to Roger Federer) and a semi-finalist in 2014 (lost to Novak Djokovic). “They suit my game – medium-paced hard court; kind of light air. It really suits my game. I like being at home (in the United States). There on center court playing at 3am in 80 degrees, not much wind, couldn’t ask for anything better than that.

“Between this and Miami, I think there’s a reason I’ve had a lot of wins in those tournaments: because I really enjoy the surface and really enjoy my time at each of those events. .”

The 6’10” American will face Grigor Dimitrov for a place in the quarter-finals in a section of the table vacated by Novak Djokovic.

Taylor Fritz of the United States in action against Jaume Munar of Spain during the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament at the Indian Wells tennis Garden in Indian Wells, California, United States, 15 March 2022. The tennis tournament runs from 07 to March 20, 2022. EPA -EFE/RAY ACEVEDO

Fritz and his compatriot Jenson Brooksby also have great opportunities to continue their races. The next world number 20 is Matteo Berrettini, who hasn’t been at his best since the Australian Open. As for Brooksby, he is coming off back-to-back losses to Karen Khachanov and Stefanos Tsitsipas to earn Cameron Norrie a chance on Wednesday. Norrie is the defending Indian Wells champion, but he can’t be considered such a deep bad draw in a Masters 1000 event.

Combined with Tommy Paul’s upset against Alexander Zverev, it’s been a huge fortnight so far for the American men. And it may not be over any time soon.

Ricky contributes and also maintains its own tennis website, The gallery. You can follow him on Twitter at @Dimonator.

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