Indian Wells, USA, 16 March 2022 | Leigh Rogers

Australian players continue to shine in the Californian desert, with Alex de Minaur the latest to advance to the fourth round.

The No.29 seed scored a 7-6(2) 6-4 victory against American hope Tommy Paul in third-round action today at Indian Wells.

De Minaur needed one hour and 49 minutes to subdue the world No.39, who had eliminated third seed Alexander Zverev in the previous round.

The 23-year-old Australian proved clutch under pressure, saving six of the seven break points he faced.

The victory propels De Minaur into a fourth-round showdown against No.20 seed Taylor Fritz. He owns a 4-1 win-loss career record against the 24-year-old American, although Fritz won their most recent encounter at last year’s US Open.

This matches De Minaur’s career-best result at Indian Wells, having also progressed to the fourth round last year.

Injury spoiled Daria Saville’s career-best run, with the Aussie qualifier unable to complete her fourth-round match against world No.6 Maria Sakkari.

Storm Sanders’ winning run is also over, exiting in the women’s doubles quarterfinals alongside American partner Caroline Dolehide.

Aussies in action – Indian Wells

Men’s singles, third round
[29] Alex de Minaur (AUS) d Tommy Paul (USA) 7-6(2) 6-4

Women’s singles, fourth round
[6] Maria Sakkari (GRE) d [Q] Daria Saville (AUS) 4-1 ret.

Women’s doubles, quarterfinals
Xu Yifan (CHN)/Yang Zhaoxuan (CHN) d [8] Storm Sanders (AUS)/Caroline Dolehide (USA) 1-6 7-6(4) [11-9]

Men’s singles, fourth round
[29] Alex de Minaur (AUS) v [20] Taylor Fritz (USA)
[WC] Nick Kyrgios (AUS) v [10] Jannik Sinner (ITA)

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