Vukic sets all-Aussie second round at Indian Wells | 9 October, 2021 | All News | News and Features | News and Events

Aleksander Vukic will meet Alex de Minaur in all-Australian second round at Indian Wells after a confidence-boosting first-round victory.

Indian Wells, 9 October 2021 |

Aleksandar Vukic has set up an all-Australian second round meeting with Alex de Minaur at Indian Wells, with an impressive win over Pablo Andujar.

Vukic, a qualifier at the ATP 1000 tournament, defeated the Spaniard 7-5 6-4 in one hour and 37 minutes.

At world No.202, Vukic is ranked more than 100 places below the world No.96 Andujar.

The Australian refused to be intimidated by that rankings gap, maintaining composure throughout the 50-minute first set and similarly steely as he completed his first main draw win at the Californian event.

Vukic dropped serve twice against the experienced Andujar but converted four of his seven break point opportunities in a confidence-boosting victory.

Vukic served five aces, with not a single double fault recorded.

Two-time Grand Slam finalist Kevin Anderson produced a dominant serving display against Jordan Thompson earlier in the day.  The South African fired 10 aces and conceded 14 points in total on his service games in a 7-5 6-2 victory.

In men’s doubles action, second seeds Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury recorded a three-set opening-round win against Australia’s Luke Saville and Brit Cameron Norrie. The US Open champions were tested early, but fought back to score a 4-6 6-3 [10-8] victory.

Australia’s Alex de Minaur and American Reilly Opelka also lost in the first round of the doubles tournament, with Russian combination Aslan Karatsev and Andrey Rublev advancing with a 6-4 6-4 win.

Aussies in action – Indian Wells

Men’s singles, first round
[Q] Aleksandar Vukic (AUS) d Pablo Andujar (ESP) 7-5 6-4
Kevin Anderson (RSA) d Jordan Thompson (AUS) 7-5 6-2
John Millman (AUS) v [WC] Jack Sock (USA)

Men’s doubles, first round
[2] Rajeev Ram (USA)/Joe Salisbury (GBR) d Luke Saville (AUS)/Cameron Norrie (GBR) 4-6 6-3 [10-8]
Aslan Karatsev (RUS)/Andrey Rublev (RUS) d Alex de Minaur (AUS)/Reilly Opelka (USA) 6-4 6-4

Men’s singles, second round
[22] Alex de Minaur (AUS) v [Q] Aleksandar Vukic (AUS)
Alexei Popyrin (AUS) v [8] Hubert Hurkacz (POL)

Women’s singles, second round
Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) v [5] Garbine Muguruza (ESP)
[Q] Astra Sharma (AUS) v [20] Daria Kasatkina (RUS)

Men’s doubles, first round
[7] John Peers (AUS)/Filip Polasek (SVK) v Ariel Behar (URU)/Gonzlao Escobar (ECU)

Women’s doubles, first round
Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS)/Shelby Rogers (USA) v Lyudmyla Kichenok (UKR)/Jelena Ostapenko (LAT)

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