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Closer than the scoreline would indicate, at least in the first set, and another very up-and-down match in Indian Wells. Both guys struggled holding serve most of the match. Kamke opened up a *3-0 lead in the first set with Kudla winning three service points. Kudla recovered one of the breaks but was immediately broken again to go behind 1-*4. He had *15-40 to break back again but didn't take it.

Second set, Kamke broke to start the set after a long game where Kudla had several game points, but was broken back immediately. There were several long deuce games in the middle of the second set yet both held serve until 4 all, where Kudla fell behind 0-40 and got broken on his fourth break point against. That started a process of four straight breaks of serve, with Kamke twice serving for the match and failing. In the tiebreaker, Kamke double faulted twice and fell behind *1-5, not being able to recover from the poor start.

Third set, Kudla broke for a *2-1 lead after three break points and started holding more comfortably, losing only three points on serve for a 4-*2 lead, and had two break points to serve for the match in Kamke's next service game, which he didn't take. Predictably, the very next game Kudla fell behind on serve and got broken to 30 for 4 all, but broke immediately after Kamke had two game points, to serve for the match. Kamke had 30-*15 in the final game with a couple second serve returns but Kudla won three straight points to win the match.

Kudla is a fighter, this match was sort of a WTA-type marathon, but Denis gritted it out, and now has the amazing opportunity to play Roger on center court in the second round!
 

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Good we couldn't see this one on Stream
 

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Re: Indian Wells R1: Kudla def. Kamke 2-6 7-6(3) 6-4

Kamke had MP on serve at 5:4.
Two of them.


Nevertheless, it feels good to be on the other side of a choke for once. Especially after I bet on Nishikori to beat Chardy last week (I'm still having nightmares).
 
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