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Qualifier earns crack at No. 1 Daniil Medvedev in Indian Wells

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Mar 10, 2022; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Nick Kyrgios (AUS) hits a shot in his first round match against Sebastian Baez (not pictured) on day 4 at the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 10, 2022; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Nick Kyrgios (AUS) hits a shot in his first round match against Sebastian Baez (not pictured) on day 4 at the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Czech qualifier Tomas Machac won his opening-round match on Thursday in the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, Calif.

His reward? A second-round match against top-ranked and top-seeded Daniil Medvedev of Russia.

Machac, ranked 158th in the world, defeated Australia’s Alexei Popyrin 6-3, 7-5 in 1 hour, 45 minutes. The 21-year-old will be facing Medvedev, 26, for the first time. The tournament’s top 32 seeds all received first-round byes.

Elsewhere in the opening round, Australia’s Nick Kyrgios, appearing in just his second tournament of the year, routed Argentina’s Sebastian Baez 6-4, 6-0 in 72 minutes.

“When I play good, I’m pretty good,” Kyrgios said postmatch. “I’m just going back to basics.”

Regarding 21-year-old Baez, Kyrgios said, “He’s had a great couple of months. He’s No. 60 in the world for a reason. He’s a young guy, he’s got a great future.”

Kyrgios’ only previous singles action this season came at the Australian Open, where he lost in the second round to eventual finalist Medvedev. However, Kyrgios teamed with countryman Thanasi Kokkinakis to win the doubles title in Melbourne.

The first day of men’s singles play in Indian Wells also featured an all-Serbian matchup, an all-French matchup and an all-U.S. matchup.

Filip Krajinovic got past Serbian countryman Dusan Lajovic 7-5, 4-6, 6-1. Benjamin Bonzi defeated Arthur Rinderknech 6-3, 7-5 in a showdown between Frenchmen, and Christopher Eubanks got the best of an all-American clash against Maxime Cressy, 5-7, 7-6 (8), 6-4.

Cressy couldn’t take advantage of three match points in the second-set tiebreaker before Eubanks converted his second set point. Eubanks got the lone service break of the third set for a 2-1 lead and never faced a break point again en route to the win.

Also winning first-round matches were the United States’ Mackenzie McDonald, Jack Sock, Jenson Brooksby and qualifier J.J. Wolf. Italy’s Fabio Fognini and Lorenzo Musetti, Serbia’s Laslo Djere, Spain’s Alejandro Davidovich Fokina and Argentina’s Federico Coria advanced, too.

–Field Level Media