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Baez loses to Otte in BMW Open first round, Thiem advances

BMW Open by American Express 2023 - Day 4

MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 18: Oscar Otte of Germany celebrates victory after winning his first round match against Sebastian Baez of Argentina on day four of the BMW Open by American Express at MTTC IPHITOS on April 18, 2023 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for BWM)

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MUNICH -- Fifth-seeded Sebastian Baez was upset by Oscar Otte in the first round of the BMW Open, as out-of-form Dominic Thiem progressed in his match thanks to a retirement.

Otte was the only one of four Germans to win in front of the home crowd as he beat Baez 6-3, 7-5 with a break of serve in each set.

Former U.S. Open champion Thiem has been plagued by injuries and only got past the first round once in the first three months of 2023. He’s now in the second round for the third tournament in a row after Constant Lestienne retired following Thiem taking the first set 6-3.

Thiem plays Marc-Andrea Huesler in the second round after the eighth-seeded Swiss player finished off a 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-3 win over another player who’s had lengthy injury issues, Britain’s Kyle Edmund. That match was completed after being suspended.

Sixth-seeded Lorenzo Sonego lost the first set and was 5-2 down in the second-set tiebreak before recovering to beat Quentin Halys 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-5. He next plays Cristian Garin after the Chilean beat German qualifier Marko Topo 6-4, 6-2.