Alcaraz, Fritz, Swiatek advance in Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — carlos alcaraz defeated Tallon Griekspoor 7-6(4), 6-3 on the BNP Paribas Open on Monday, becoming a member of the defending champion Taylor Fritz within the fourth spherical.

Former NBA gamers Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash sat entrance row to look at Alcaraz advance within the southern California desert, the place he was a semifinalist a yr in the past. The 19-year-old from Spain can return to the world No. 1 rating if he wins the title right here.

Fourth seed Fritz defeated Sebastian Baez 6-1, 6-2. Fritz served 4 aces and gained 88% of his first serve factors in opposition to Báez, Argentina’s thirtieth seed.

“I’m attempting to take it like every other event, nevertheless it’s fairly laborious to not know I’m defending a title,” Fritz mentioned. “I’m consistently reminded of it.”

andy murray‘s’ streak ended with a 7-6(6), 6-2 loss to the 21-year-old. Jack Draper.

“I’ve regarded as much as Andy since I used to be very younger,” Draper mentioned. “I noticed him win Wimbledon for the primary time in 2013 after which I had the chance to satisfy him and apply with him usually since 2019. He’s a very particular individual, an ideal champion and an ideal human being, and it was a privilege to play in opposition to him on this courtroom.”

Murray hasn’t gained three straight matches at a Masters 1000 occasion since successful the title in Paris in 2016.

was additionally advancing Stan Wawrinkawho defeated the No. 7 seed Rune Holger, 2-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5. American tommy paul beat ninth seed Hubert Hurkacz4-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Rune saved a match level and got here again from 2-5 all the way down to win the second set tiebreaker. However Wawrinka rallied within the third to ship his 19-year-old opponent packing.

“The final 45 minutes have been robust,” Wawrinka mentioned. “He had the sport underneath management and was enjoying properly. He was placing plenty of strain on, he ought to have gained the sport a lot earlier.”

Wawrinka reached the fourth spherical in Indian Wells for the primary time since 2017, when he misplaced within the remaining. He turns 38 subsequent month.

“My entire profession I solely know a method,” Wawrinka mentioned. “Hold combating, working, making an effort and being constructive. I’m tremendous proud of the victory.”

No. 8 Felix Auger-Aliassime averted the annoying bug and beat francisco cerundolo7-5, 6-4.

In feminine motion, first categorized Iga Swiatek beat champion 2019 bianca andreescu6-3, 7-6 (1).

“I’m glad I’ve had the prospect to play underneath strain slightly bit extra and see how I’m going to cope with it,” Swiatek mentioned on courtroom.

No. 4 Ons Jabeur misplaced to Marketa Vondrousova7-6(5), 6-4 and No. 5 carolina garcia overcome leylah fernandez6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-1.

qualifier Varvara Gracheva knocked out quantity 8 Daria Kasatkina6-4, 6-4.

emma raducanuthe 2021 US Open champion, beat No. 13 Beatriz Haddad Maia6-1, 2-6, 6-4.

The ultimate set lasted over an hour, with Raducanu breaking Haddad Maia’s serve to go up 4-3. Raducanu held on the remainder of the best way and closed it out together with his fourth match level. It was his greatest victory over an opponent since his breakthrough on the US Open.

Subsequent up for Raducanu is a fourth spherical match in opposition to Swiatek.

“I’m fairly certain I’ll be tactically prepared; my coach is nice at ways so I’m going to belief him,” Swiatek mentioned. “I’m fairly certain I’m within the rhythm now, so I hope to play higher each sport.”

No. 10 Elena Rybakina defeated defending champion and doubles accomplice paula badosa6-3, 7-5.