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Defending champion Taylor Fritz advances at BNP Paribas Open

Defending champion Taylor Fritz defeated Sebastian Baez 6-1, 6-2 in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday.

Fourth-seeded Fritz served four aces and won 88% of his first-serve points against Baez, Argentina’s 30th seed.

Andy Murray’s streak ended in a 7-6(6), 6-2 loss to 21-year-old Jack Draper.

“I’ve looked up to Andy since I was very young,” Draper said. “I saw him win Wimbledon for the first time in 2013 and then I had the opportunity to meet him and practice with him often since 2019. He is a really special person, a great champion and a great human being, and it was a privilege to play against him in this court.”

Murray hasn’t won three straight matches at a Masters 1000 event since winning the title in Paris in 2016.

Also advancing was Stan Wawrinka, who defeated No. 7 seed Holger Rune, 2-6, 7-6(5), 7-5. American Tommy Paul defeated ninth seed Hubert Hurkacz, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Rune saved a match point and came back from 2-5 down to win the second set tiebreaker. But Wawrinka rallied in the third to send his 19-year-old opponent packing.

“The last 45 minutes were tough,” Wawrinka said. “I had the game under control and was playing well. He was pushing a lot, he should have won the match much earlier”.

Wawrinka reached the fourth round in the southern California desert for the first time since 2017, when he lost in the final. He turns 38 next month.

“My whole career I only know one way,” Wawrinka said. “To keep fighting, working, making an effort and being positive. I am super happy with the victory”.

No. 8 Felix Auger-Aliassime avoided the annoying mistake and defeated Francisco Cerundolo, 7-5, 6-4.

In women’s action, top-ranked Iga Swiatek defeated 2019 champion Bianca Andreescu, 6-3, 7-6(1).

“I’m glad to have the chance to play under pressure a little bit more and see how I’m going to deal with it,” Swiatek said on court.

No. 4 Ons Jabeur lost to Marketa Vondrousova, 7-6 (5), 6-4 and No. 5 Caroline Garcia upset Leylah Fernandez, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-1.

Emma Raducanu, the 2021 US Open champion, defeated No. 13 Beatriz Haddad Maia, 6-1, 2-6, 6-4.

The final set lasted over an hour, with Raducanu breaking Haddad Maia’s serve to go up 4-3. Raducanu held on the rest of the way and closed it out with his fourth match point. It was his biggest victory over an opponent since his breakthrough at the US Open.

Next up for Raducanu is a fourth round match against Swiatek.

“I’m pretty sure I’ll be tactically ready; my coach is good at tactics, so I’m going to trust him,” Swiatek said. “I’m pretty sure I’m in the rhythm now, so I hope to play better every game.”

No. 10 Elena Rybakina defeated defending champion and doubles partner Paula Badosa, 6-3, 7-5.