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Indian Wells roundup: Zverev slips past Murray, women’s top seeds fall

Indian Wells roundup: Zverev slips past Murray, women’s top seeds fall

Alexander Zverev won the clash of the two most recent Olympic gold medallists at the ATP Indian Wells on Tuesday, holding off a fierce challenge from Andy Murray despite an equipment malfunction.

The 24-year-old German advanced to the fourth round, coming from behind in both sets to beat two time Olympic gold medal winner Murray 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) in the combined women’s and men’s tennis tournament in the California desert.

Third-seeded Zverev will next face the winner of another third round match between Gael Monfils of France and hard-hitting South African Kevin Anderson.

Murray tossed his racquet several times Tuesday after missing easy shots. The outbursts were in contrast to Zverev who maintained his concentration in the seventh game of the second set when he had a shoe malfunction.

With the match tied 3-3, Zverev busted a lace on his left shoe running down a ball. He continued to play with the wobbly shoe but then had to take an extra long break between games so he could swap out the laces. Murray seized the opportunity for a bathroom break.

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Zverev then won three of the next five games which set up the tiebreaker. He went up 3-0 in the second set tiebreaker, but Murray fought back to get to 4-5 before Zverev finished him off at the net.

In the night match, second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece came from behind to defeat Italian veteran Fabio Fognini 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 to reach the fourth round.

Tsitsipas will next face Australia’s Alex De Minaur, who defeated Chile’s Cristian Garin in straight sets 6-4, 6-2.

The 23-year-old Tsitsipas was runner-up in the French Open this year becoming the first Greek Grand Slam finalist ever.

Swiatek, Svitolina suffer exits

In the WTA side of the draw, unseeded Shelby Rogers upset US Open runner-up Leylah Fernandez in a marathon three-setter on a day when more seeds tumbled out.

Rogers outlasted Canadian teenager Fernandez 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7/4) in two hours and 34 minutes to reach the quarter-finals.

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“It was a matter of who was able to dictate the points,” Rogers said. “Who could get control of the points first.

“She has a bright future. Luck was on my side today, and I look forward to the quarter-finals.”

Rogers moves on to play 24th-seeded Jelena Ostapenko, who upset second seed Iga Swiatek of Poland in straight sets.

After they split the first two sets, Rogers hit a backhand winner to break a 4-4 deadlock in the tiebreaker then won the next two points to clinch the match.

The 23rd-seeded Fernandez held serve in a lengthy 12th game of the third set to set up the tiebreaker. She saw off one match point and then got a lucky bounce off the net cord to get the advantage. Fernandez went on to win the game on the next point when Rogers hit a backhand into the net.

Swiatek became the latest top seed casualty, losing in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 to Latvia’s Ostapenko in a fourth round match.

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Ostapenko won 65 percent of her first serve points and broke Swiatek’s serve four times in in the 93 minute match.

Swiatek’s exit, combined with fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina’s crushing 6-1, 6-1 defeat to American Jessica Pegula, and No. 3 Barbora Krejcikova’s 6-1, 7-5 loss to Paula Badosa, leaves just one top-10 seeded woman left — Angelique Kerber (No. 10) of Germany.

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