John Millman won the tennis match, but it was unclear who came out on top in the war of words with Jack Sock that followed in Indian Wells.
- Millman and Sock have a heated verbal exchange following their first-round match
- The 32-year-old Australian triumphs 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
- Millman’s countryman Aleksandar Vukic also progresses to the second round
Millman showed all his renowned fighting qualities, bouncing back from a break down in the deciding set to progress to the second round.
The veteran Australian rattled off five straight games to edge American Sock, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in two hours and 31 minutes.
But there was much tension at the conclusion of the match, with Sock barely acknowledging the Queenslander at the net.
It prompted Millman to approach Sock at his court-side seat.
“I didn’t look at you, I smiled at you,” Sock said before the conversation became inaudible.
A clearly agitated Millman was heard to say: “But yeah, it’s my fault”.
Millman then walked away from Sock as he prepared to leave the court.
Earlier, Millman — the world number 58 — had clinched victory after winning 66 per cent of first-serve points.
He managed to serve four aces and broke Sock five times.
It sets up a showdown against 10th seed Jannik Sinner.
Millman’s countryman Aleksandar Vukic also advanced via a 7-5, 6-4 win over Pablo Andujar.
Vukic, ranked 202 in the world, had come through qualifying and will now face another Australian, Alex de Minaur.
De Minaur, the 22nd seed, had a bye in the first round.
The news was not so good for Jordan Thompson.
The Sydneysider went down to South Africa’s former world number five Kevin Anderson in straight sets.
Anderson had never dropped a set to Thompson in three previous encounters and maintained that record with a 7-5, 6-2 victory in 84 minutes.
Meanwhile, former world number one Andy Murray beat Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 6-2 in his first match as a wildcard in Indian Wells.
Murray fired five aces and connected on 82 per cent of his first serves against the French left-hander.