With a set and a break on serve, second-seed Stefanos Tsitsipas came back from behind to beat Italy’s Fabio Fognini 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 Tuesday in the third round of the BNP Open Paribas in Indian Wells, California.
Fognini, the 25th seed, quickly captured the first set and took the lead by breaking Tsitsipas’ serve for a 2-1 lead in the second set. However, Tsitsipas immediately fell back and won five of the next six games to tie the game.
Tsitsipas saved two break points early in the final set, then secured the decisive break for a 3-2 lead before serving the match.
Tsitsipas, a 23-year-old native of Greece, holds seven career ATP Tour titles but has never won an outdoor hard-court tournament like Indian Wells. He fell in the third round of the US Open last month, losing to Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz in three sets.
Third-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany lost his first three games against Briton Andy Murray, but came back strong to win 6-4, 7-6 (4).
Murray dropped the opening point of the second set tiebreaker and each player earned their remaining serve points, which was enough for Zverev to seal the victory.
Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, is currently ranked No.1.121 as he aims to come back from injuries.
“It’s the only Big Four I haven’t beaten yet, so I’m glad I did today,” Zverev said, referring to Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Murray. “Obviously it was a fantastic game. I thought Andy had played extremely well, maybe as well as he has played since the (hip) surgery.
“I hope he will continue to play the same way because he has been missing tennis for a long time and I think it is good to find him again.”
Taylor Fritz, the no. The 31-seeded and a native of Southern California, upset fifth-seeded Italian Matteo Berrettini 6-4, 6-3. Fritz won 81% of his first serve points while Berrettini was only 63% in that category.
10th seed of Italy Jannik Sinner earned a forfeit victory when John Isner pulled out of the event to return home to Dallas to witness the birth of his third child.
24th-seeded Karen Khachanov of Russia dominated 12th-seeded Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 6-0, 6-4, and 14th-seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils dominated South African Kevin Anderson 7 -5, 6-2. Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, seeded 29th, beat Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2.
22nd-seeded Australian Alex De Minaur defeated 13th-seeded Cristian Garin of Chile 6-4, 6-2.
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