Coming from the classification, Alejandro Tabilo (184º) created a great surprise. After one hour and 36 minutes of play, the Chilean He won against the experienced American Denis Kudla (95th) with partial 6-1 and 7-6 (0) and will be the rival of Matteo Berrettini in the second round of the Indian Wells Masters 1000.
The 24-year-old left-hander started the engagement very fiery and took control of it early on. Based on drops and huge definitions of both drive and backhand, he was crushing the North American until he defeated him. This triumph marked his first success in a 1000 Masters main draw., since he had only played Miami (this year), where he fell to Mikael Ymer in the first round.
Kudla, 29 years old and former 53 in the world, showed signs of recovery in the second set but could not find the return to his rival’s approach. In this way, Tabilo played a perfect tiebreak (he left it at 0) and achieved the best win of his career.
In qualifying, Tabilo beat Michael Mmoh and Evgeny Donskoy without giving sets. Already installed in the second round, the young Chilean will seek to continue with his great moment: for that he will have to defeat nothing more and nothing less than Matteo Berrettini, the Italian who is currently seventh in the world ranking.