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Fritz, Isner, Keys lead US contingent at Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA (AP) – Taylor Fritz defeated Spanish qualifier Jaume Munar 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (2) on Tuesday in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open, making him one of four American men still in the tournament.

Fritz reached the semifinals at Indian Wells last year, his career-best result in an ATP Masters 1000 event.

John Isner beat 14th-seeded Diego Schwartzman 7-5, 6-3 to reach the fourth round. The six-foot-eleven American capitalised on his 16-inch height advantage, blasting 13 aces. Two other Americans, Tommy Paul and wild-card Steve Johnson, got beat. Paul lost to 29th-seeded Alex de Minaur and Johnson dropped a decision to 11th-seeded Hubert Hurkacz.

“Tommy is really close to cracking into being seeded at slams,” Fritz said. “Reilly (Opelka) is consistently beating very, very good players. It’s not weird to see these guys beating really good players, having solid results.”

John Isner at the BNP Paribas Open. PHOTO: AP