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Andy Murray loses to 53rd-ranked Federico Delbonis

Andy Murray loses to 53rd-ranked Federico Delbonis

Andy Murray reacts after losing a point against Federico Delbonis during their third round match at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

(John G. Mabanglo / EPA)

Andy Murray was upset in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday, losing 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (3) to 53rd-ranked Federico Delbonis of Argentina.

Delbonis scored the biggest win of his career, outlasting the second-seeded Murray in a 2-hour, 46-minute struggle. Three years ago, Delbonis defeated then-fifth-ranked Roger Federer in the semifinals at Hamburg.

The left-handed Argentine rallied from 4-1 down in the third set, winning three straight games for a 4-all tie. He held serve to tie it 5-all and broke Murray in the next game to go up 6-5. Murray broke back to force the tiebreaker, but not without a fight by Delbonis, who trailed 15-40 and got to deuce before sending a backhand wide to let Murray even the set, 6-all.

Murray led 3-2 in the breaker before Delbonis reeled off five straight points to close out the match. Murray committed errors on the last three points, with his forehand landing wide on match point.

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Victoria Azarenka, the 2012 Indian Wells winner, and third-seeded Stan Wawrinka were to play night matches.

Murray was competing in his first tournament as a father. His wife, Kim, gave birth to daughter Sophia on Feb. 7, a week after the Scotsman finished as the runner-up to Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open. Murray is the highest seeded man to lose so far in the desert event.

Also advancing was No. 8 seed Richard Gasquet, a 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 winner over Alexandr Dolgopolov, and No. 12 seed Milos Raonic, who beat 17th-seeded Bernard Tomic 6-2, 3-0 after Tomic retired because of a wrist injury.

On the women’s side, No. 7 seed Belinda Bencic was upset by Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, and 2008 winner Ana Ivanovic lost 6-2, 6-0 to 18th-seeded Karolina Pliskova, who improved to 4-0 in her career against Ivanovic. U.S. Open runner-up Roberta Vinci beat 17th-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, 6-1, 6-3.

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