(March 12, 2016) INDIAN WELLS, California – Whereas the women’s seeds keep falling, the men up until Saturday have had fewer upset victims at the BNP Paribas Open. No. 2 Andy Murray of Scotland beat Marcel Granollers 6-4, 7-6 (3). The Scot talked about the windy conditions on court.
“It was tough because obviously the ball travels through the air pretty quick here. And then it was very windy, so blowing from — so the end we walk on to the court from you were playing into the wind. It’s such a huge contrast from one end to the other because of how the air is here.
“So when you’re playing with the wind it’s really flying on you and you feel like if you barely touch the ball it’s flying a lot. Then from the other side, you know, it’s completely opposite. You really need to give the ball a big, big hit to get it deep.
“And, yeah, much different conditions to what I have obviously been practicing and playing in in the last five weeks against a, you know, tough sort of unorthodox player. He’s got quite a different game. He’s very smart player, as well, intelligent player, and often makes the right decisions. Yeah, made it tough for me.”
Stan Wawrinka had a straight forward 6-3, 6-2 victory over Illya Marchenko.
No. 6 Tomas Berdych faced off against wildcard, former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro 7-6 (4), 6-2. Del Potro had been sidelined until last month with a third wrist surgery.
The Argentine said he’s making progress.
“But I think this will be my first match against a top-10 player was okay,” he said. “I played a great first set. I had my opportunities to win that set and I miss it.
“I think of course I’m sad for my lose, but I’m in a good way to get better in the future. It’s not easy play against Tomas. Even if I’m 100%, he’s a great player. He plays so aggressive all the time, and I had to run a lot today.
“But I think the positive thing is I’m in a good way to improve my game.”
Other men’s seeds advancing included No. 8 Richard Gasquet, No. 12 Milos Raonic and No. 13 Gael Monfils.
The biggest upset on the men’s side was No. 24 Nick Kyrgios beaten by Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain 7-6 (4), 7-5.
Kyrgios did not play Australia’s Davis Cup tie against the United States due to a virus, but he would not blame his loss on his illness.
“I’m not going to take anything away from Ramos. Every time I have played him it’s been a tough match.
“Matchup-wise I think it’s great for me, but he always goes out there and competes. I thought that these conditions probably suit him. He likes to rip his forehand a little bit.
“But, you know, I’m nowhere near where I was. I was feeling great in Marseilles and the start of Dubai, but obviously the year hasn’t been great. I have had a lot of travel. Trying to get better. I was trying to force practice sessions here, trying to push, but body wasn’t letting me do it.”