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No. 2 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas loses to Australian Jordan Thompson at BNP Paribas Open

Jordan Thompson is fired up after he won the first set against Stefanos Tsitsipas at the BNP Paribas Open on March 10, 2023.
Jordan Thompson is fired up after he won the first set against Stefanos Tsitsipas at the BNP Paribas Open on Friday. The second-seeded Tsitsipas lost the second-round match 7-6 (0), 4-6, 7-6 (5).
(Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)
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Stefanos Tsitsipas was beaten 7-6 (0), 4-6, 7-6 (5) by Australian Jordan Thompson in second-round play at the BNP Paribas Open on Friday.

The second-seeded Tsitsipas had his shoulder taped, and the injury appeared to affect his backhand.

Jordan took advantage and attacked the Greek’s backhand while charging in on short balls to earn the second win of his career over a top-10 player.

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He polished off Tsitsipas, the Australian Open runner-up, in 2 hours 37 minutes.

“I felt confident, even playing against a top-10 player I felt comfortable in my own skin and what I was doing, and just snuck out a win,” Jordan said. “It was a great feeling. You could see it on my face at the end of the match. I was overcome with joy.”

Stefanos Tsitsipas returns a shot to Jordan Thompson on March 10, 2023.
Stefanos Tsitsipas returns a shot to Jordan Thompson. The second-seeded Tsitsipas had his shoulder taped, and the injury appeared to affect his backhand.
(Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

Rain delayed play at Indian Wells Tennis Garden, and a few fans jumped into action to help dry the hard courts.

No. 3 seed Casper Ruud cruised past Diego Schwartzman 6-2, 6-3. Ruud raced to a 4-1 lead in the first set and won the only break point on his serve with a forehand that clipped the line.

No. 10 seed Cameron Norrie advanced to the third round with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over qualifier Wu Tung-Lin of Taiwan.

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Andy Murray, the 2009 BNP Paribas Open champion, defeated Tomas Martin Etcheverry 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-4 in a match that stretched over three hours.

March 9, 2023

A handful of seeded men fell. Jason Kubler moved on when No. 21 Grigor Dimitrov retired trailing 2-6, 7-6 (5), 3-0. No. 22 Roberto Bautista Agut lost to Emil Ruusuvuori, 7-6 (5), 6-2. Ilya Ivashka advanced when No. 28 Botic Van de Zandschulp had to retire trailing 7-5, 3-2. No. 29 Yoshihito Nishioka fell to qualifier Cristian Garin, 6-4, 6-0.

In women’s play, No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka defeated Evgeniya Rodina, 6-2, 6-0.

No. 6 Coco Gauff routed Cristina Bucsa, 6-2, 6-4.

Coco Gauff returns a shot to Cristina Bucsa in the BNP Paribas Open. Gauff rolled 6-2, 6-4.
Coco Gauff returns a shot to Cristina Bucsa in the BNP Paribas Open. Gauff rolled 6-2, 6-4.
(Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

No. 9 Belinda Bencic lost to Jil Teichmann, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, and No. 29 Donna Vekic was beaten by Lesia Tsurenko, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2.

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No. 11 Veronika Kudermetova defeated Anna Blinkova, 6-3, 6-4. Sixteenth-seeded Barbora Krejcikova beat Dayana Yastremska, 6-1, 6-2. No. 24 Jelena Ostapenko got by Aliaksandra Sasnovich, 7-5, 3-6, 6-2.

Rebecca Peterson moved on when No. 22 Zhang Shuai retired at 3-0 in the first set.

Roger Federer is retired, Rafael Nadal is hurt and out of Indian Wells, and now Novak Djokovic is also out. Star power is missing. Who will step up?

March 6, 2023

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