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Indian Wells Masters: Paul shocks ninth seed Hurkacz, through to last 16
Tommy Paul edged out Hubert Hurkacz 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 on Monday. He’ll play the winner of the match between Argentinian Francisco Cerundolo, the No 27 seed, and Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, the No 8 seed, in the next round
American Tommy Paul, the No 17 seed, edged out Pole Hubert Hurkacz, the No 9 seed, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 to reach the last 16 of the Indian Wells Masters at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Monday.
Paul, ranked No 19, will play the winner of the match between Argentinian Francisco Cerundolo, the No 27 seed, and Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, the No 8 seed, next.
Paul has something of a track record of upsetting seeds at this tournament. Last year he beat Alexander Zverev in the second round, after defeating Andrey Rublev in the third round in 2021.
Hurkacz, meanwhile, has not won a match against a player ranked in the Top 20 this year. His last victory over a Top 20 player was in the first round of Vienna last year, where he beat then-world No 17 Frances Tiafoe.
The American beat German qualifier Jan-Lennard Struff (6-3, 6-3) in the previous round of the Indian Wells Tennis Masters.
In the second round of the Indian Wells Tennis Masters, Hurkacz, ranked No 11, won against Australian lucky loser Alexei Popyrin (6-3, 6-3).
Indian Wells Masters, other third-round results (Indian Wells Tennis Garden, hard, USD 8.800.000, most recent results first):
- Carlos Alcaraz vs. Tallon Griekspoor
- Jack Draper vs. Andy Murray
- Taylor Fritz vs. Sebastian Baez
- Jannik Sinner vs. Adrian Mannarino
- Alex Molcan vs. Marton Fucsovics
- Stan Wawrinka vs. Holger Rune
- Francisco Cerundolo vs. Felix Auger-Aliassime: monday
- Alejandro Tabilo (Q) beat Jordan Thompson: 6-3, 7-6 (6)
- Daniil Medvedev (5) beat Ilya Ivashka: 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
- Andrey Rublev (6) beat Ugo Humbert: 7-5, 6-3
- Frances Tiafoe (14) beat Jason Kubler: 6-3, 6-2
- Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (23) beat Karen Khachanov (13): 6-3, 1-6, 6-4
- Alexander Zverev (12) beat Emil Ruusuvuori: 7-5, 1-6, 7-5
- Cameron Norrie (10) beat Taro Daniel (Q): 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-2
- Cristian Garin (Q) beat Casper Ruud (3): 6-4, 7-6 (2)