Rising American star Jenson Brooksby came to the Indian Wells Masters confident he could compete against the best and on Monday he stunned world No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas. Brooksby, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No.
43 in the world, recovered from a slow start to stun Tsitsipas 1-6 6-3 6-2. It was the first meeting between the two. “You never know at that stage [a year ago] what’s going to happen,” Brooksby said in his on-court interview, per the ATP website.
“You can’t predict the future, but all you can do is what’s in your control. I knew in my head I thought I had the game to be here, and there’s nothing as good as replicating it out here”.
Brooksby believed he could beat Tsitsipas
Tsitsipas easily won the first set as he broke Brooksby in the second and seventh game.
After easily losing the first set, Brooksby started the second set with a 3-0 lead. Brooksby routinely held on to his serve the rest as he didn't allow Tsitsipas a single break point to force a decider. Brooksby then made an outstanding start to the fourth start, having won the first four games of the set.
Brooksby missed out on seven break points in the fifth game but it didn't affect him as he routinely held on to his serve the rest of the way to complete a comeback win. “I felt really good going into the match,” Brooksby said.
“I was hitting well, I thought I prepared well. I just got a little tight, I think. A little bit in my own head. It’s only a percentage of the time. It’s the whole match. “I mentally got myself to turn around.
I breathed a little bit, I calmed down, and I said let’s switch things around”. Brooksby will be fighting against Cameron Norrie for a place in the Indian Wells quarterfinal. Brooksby and Norrie have no previous meetings.