March 26, 2017

Miami Open Tennis – Friday Results, Saturday Schedule

 

MIAMI OPEN PRESENTED BY ITAU – MIAMI, USA
$6,993,450 (ATP)
$6,993,450 (WTA)
20 MARCH – 2 APRIL, 2017

RESULTS – FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2017

Men’s
Singles – Second Round
[2] K. Nishikori (JPN) d K. Anderson (RSA) 64 63
[3] M. Raonic (CAN) d V. Troicki (SRB) 63 75
[5] R. Nadal (ESP) d D. Sela (ISR) 63 64
J. Chardy (FRA) d [7] M. Cilic (CRO) 64 26 63
G. Pella (ARG) d [9] G. Dimitrov (BUL) 63 76(4)
D. Young (USA) d [11] L. Pouille (FRA) 62 64
[13] J. Sock (USA) d Y. Nishioka (JPN) 24 Retired
F. Delbonis (ARG) d [15] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) 16 75 62
J. Vesely (CZE) d [19] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 76(5) 46 63
J. Struff (GER) d [20] G. Simon (FRA) 61 61
B. Paire (FRA) d [21] P. Cuevas (URU) 75 60
N. Mahut (FRA) d [23] S. Johnson (USA) 64 57 64
[25] F. Verdasco (ESP) d [Q] E. Escobedo (USA) 76(9) 75
[26] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) d T. Fritz (USA) 75 36 76(4)
[Q] J. Donaldson (USA) d [28] M. Zverev (GER) 64 64
F. Fognini (ITA) d [30] J. Sousa (POR) 76(8) 26 63

First Round
M. Jaziri (TUN) d A. Dolgopolov (UKR) 76(4) 00 Retired
[WC] T. Bellucci (BRA) d S. Robert (FRA) 76(5) 62

Men’s
Doubles – First Round
[PR] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT) d [5] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) 63 75
[WC] N. Kyrgios (AUS) / M. Reid (AUS) d R. Bopanna (IND) / P. Cuevas (URU) 75 36 10-7
M. Cilic (CRO) / N. Mektic (CRO) d D. Schwartzman (ARG) / H. Zeballos (ARG) 36 63 10-7
P. Lorenzi (ITA) / J. Sousa (POR) d [WC] A. Rublev (RUS) / M. Ymer (SWE) 76(4) 61
A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER) d D. Thiem (AUT) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) 64 63
B. Baker (USA) / D. Nestor (CAN) d O. Marach (AUT) / M. Pavic (CRO) 67(3) 76(4) 11-9

Women’s
Singles – Second Round
[3] S. Halep (ROU) d N. Osaka (JPN) 64 26 63
[6] G. Muguruza (ESP) d C. Mchale (USA) 06 76(6) 64
[7] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d M. Minella (LUX) 62 62
[8] M. Keys (USA) d V. Golubic (SUI) 61 62
[10] J. Konta (GBR) d [Q] A. Sasnovich (BLR) 62 67(5) 64
[WC] A. Tomljanovic (CRO) d [13] E. Vesnina (RUS) 36 64 75
[14] S. Stosur (AUS) d [WC] A. Barty (AUS) 64 64
[15] B. Strycova (CZE) d J. Larsson (SWE) 46 63 76(3)
S. Cirstea (ROU) d [19] A. Sevastova (LAT) 76(4) 36 63
S. Peng (CHN) d [21] C. Garcia (FRA) 64 60
[Q] P. Tig (ROU) d [22] K. Mladenovic (FRA) 76(4) 62
P. Parmentier (FRA) d [24] T. Babos (HUN) 67(1) 62 60
[Q] T. Townsend (USA) d [25] R. Vinci (ITA) 63 62
L. Arruabarrena (ESP) d [28] I. Begu (ROU) 36 64 63
S. Rogers (USA) d [31] D. Kasatkina (RUS) 64 57 60
[Q] A. Kontaveit (EST) d [32] E. Makarova (RUS) 67(1) 62 62

Women’s
Doubles – First Round
[1] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) d [WC] J. Jankovic (SRB) / T. Townsend (USA) 64 61
[5] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) d L. Hradecka (CZE) / K. Siniakova (CZE) 57 75 10-7
D. Jurak (CRO) / A. Rodionova (AUS) d C. Mchale (USA) / A. Rosolska (POL) 75 16 10-8
A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) d S. Errani (ITA) / M. Niculescu (ROU) 64 63

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2017

STADIUM start 11:00 am
ATP – [1] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs H. Zeballos (ARG)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [6] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs [30] S. Zhang (CHN)
ATP – [4] R. Federer (SUI) vs [Q] F. Tiafoe (USA)

Not Before 4:30 pm
WTA – K. Flipkens (BEL) vs [4] D. Cibulkova (SVK)

8:00 pm
ATP – R. Haase (NED) vs [29] J. del Potro (ARG)

Not Before 9:30 pm
WTA – S. Cirstea (ROU) vs [12] C. Wozniacki (DEN)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
WTA – [17] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [WC] B. Mattek-Sands (USA)
ATP – [22] S. Querrey (USA) vs [PR] T. Robredo (ESP)
ATP – [18] J. Isner (USA) vs [WC] T. Bellucci (BRA)
ATP – B. Coric (CRO) vs [6] D. Thiem (AUT)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – [12] N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs D. Dzumhur (BIH)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
ATP – [27] D. Ferrer (ESP) vs D. Schwartzman (ARG)

Not Before 12:30 pm
ATP – [10] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [WC] A. Rublev (RUS)
WTA – [5] A. Radwanska (POL) vs [26] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO)
ATP – Y. Lu (TPE) vs [16] A. Zverev (GER)
WTA – [27] Y. Putintseva (KAZ) vs [2] Ka. Pliskova (CZE)
ATP – [3] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) vs F. Martin (FRA) / M. Matkowski (POL)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – [WC] A. Tomljanovic (CRO) vs L. Safarova (CZE)
ATP – [Q] D. King (BAR) vs [8] D. Goffin (BEL)
ATP – M. Jaziri (TUN) vs [31] F. Lopez (ESP)
ATP – [Q] M. Kukushkin (KAZ) vs [14] R. Bautista Agut (ESP)
ATP – J. Isner (USA) / S. Johnson (USA) vs [8] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) 00

COURT 7 start 11:00 am
ATP – A. Seppi (ITA) vs [24] G. Muller (LUX)

Not Before 12:30 pm
ATP – [32] P. Lorenzi (ITA) vs A. Mannarino (FRA)
WTA – [15] B. Strycova (CZE) vs [Q] J. Cepelova (SVK)
ATP – A. Kuznetsov (RUS) vs [17] I. Karlovic (CRO)
WTA – K. Bertens (NED) / J. Larsson (SWE) vs [6] V. King (USA) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ)

COURT 8 start 11:00 am
ATP – T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) vs [4] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – O. Kalashnikova (GEO) / A. Muhammad (USA) vs [2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS)
ATP – D. Inglot (GBR) / F. Mergea (ROU) vs [2] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA)
ATP – A. Qureshi (PAK) / G. Simon (FRA) vs N. Monroe (USA) / J. Sock (USA)
WTA – [PR] A. Barty (AUS) / C. Dellacqua (AUS) vs M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) / C. Vandeweghe (USA)

COURT 9 start 11:00 am
WTA – [8] A. Spears (USA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) vs G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Y. Xu (CHN)
X. Knoll (SUI) / A. Krunic (SRB) vs S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN)
WTA-After Suitable Rest – [WC] A. Tomljanovic (CRO) / H. Watson (GBR) vs T. Babos (HUN) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
ATP – A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) / F. Verdasco (ESP) vs [7] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Granollers (ESP)
[3] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) vs D. Schuurs (NED) / R. Voracova (CZE)

COURT 10 start 11:00 am
ATP – J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs V. Troicki (SRB) / M. Venus (NZL)
ATP – [1] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) vs J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL)
ATP – [6] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) vs [PR] T. Haas (GER) / L. Pouille (FRA)
WTA – [7] R. Atawo (USA) / H. Chan (TPE) vs S. Stosur (AUS) / S. Zhang (CHN)

COURT 5 start 3:00 pm
WTA – [WC] N. Osaka (JPN) / M. Puig (PUR) vs [4] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / S. Peng (CHN)

 

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Rafael Nadal Begins Another Quest for First Miami Title; Venus Williams Wins Late Night Match

Rafael Nadal

(March 24, 2017) Rafael Nadal began his quest for his first Miami Open with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Israel’s Dudi Sela on Friday at the Miami Open in Key Biscayne, Florida.

 

The Spaniard is playing in this tournament for the 13th time in his career. Although the 14-time major winner has never taken home the Miami trophy, he’s been a finalist four times – in 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2014 coming within two points of the title against Novak Djokovic.

 

“I think I was four times in the final. Probably I should win the first one.”

“Then I have another good chance, but I was in the final against Novak (Djkokovic).

 

“6-5, 15-30, didn’t happen,” Noted the fifth seed, and the other two finals I didn’t play very well, no?”
“I think probably even if I was not in the final, the year that I was closer to win was the year that I got injury against (Andy) Roddick in that semifinals. Was winning – never easy against Andy, no – but I have the match a little bit under control and I get injury of my knee, no, and then I lost in three sets.

“I was playing great that year. I thought that was my year. But in tennis is always the same. Life the same. “You have opportunities. If you don’t convert these opportunities, then it’s tough, no?

“But I am still playing tennis and I am still here fighting for the things that motivates me. My motivation is play enough well to have chances here.”

 

The top two players in the world, combining for 8 Miami titles, will give someone else a chance to win this year as both six-time champion Djokovic and two-time champion Andy Murray, withdrew with right with elbow injuries.

 

Venus Williams

In the women’s field, 23-time major champion Serena Williams pulled out of both Indian Wells and Miami with a knee injury, but older sister Venus, the 11th seed opened her tournament with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Beatriz Haddad Maia in the last match on center court during evening session.

 

Top seed Angelique Kerber bested Ying-Ying Duan 7-6(3), 6-2 while third seed Simona Halep also advanced with three-set win over Naomi Osaka 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.

 

Sixth seed Garbine Muguruza saved a match point to get past Christina McHale 0-6, 7-6(6), 6-4 in match which carried over to Friday when rain suspened the match on Thursday night.

 

“I think I had a second chance probably with the rain and stuff,” said Muguruza.

“It was a very — it had everything in the match. She started playing well the first set yesterday and I think my game was not exactly how I wanted to be of I was missing by a little and then she was not missing at all.

‘Then I just forgot about it. I woke up today and said, Hey, this is not over. Went to the court, I fight, and I got it again.”
Last week’s winner at Indian Wells, was an upset victim on Friday. Elena Vesnina, seeded 13th lost her second-round match to wildcard Ajla Tomljanovic 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.

 

Vesnina’s Russian countrywoman, seventh seed Svetlana Kuznetsova who lost to Vesnina in the Indian Wells final, moved into the third round with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Mandy Minella.

 

Other seeds losing on Friday included: [19] Anastasija Sevastova, [20] Carla Suarez Navarro, [21] Caroline Garcia, [22] Kristina Mladenovic, [24] Timea Babos, [25] R. Vinci, [28] I. Begu, [31] D. Kasatkina and [32] Ekaterina Makarova.

American qualifier Taylor Townsend, ranked 111th in the world defeated No. 25 Roberta Vinci 6-3, 6-2.

 

Upsets on the men’s side included: [7] Marin Cilic, [9] Grigor Dimitrov, [11] Lucas Pouille, [15] Pablo Carreno Busta, [19] A. Ramos-Vinolas, [20] Gilles Simon, [21] Pablo Cuevas, [23] Steve Johnson, [28] Mischa Zverev and [30] Joao Sousa.

 

Kei Nishikori

Second seed Kei Nishikori beat Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-3 to reach the third round. So did third seed Milos Raonic, playing his first event since late February when a right leg injury put him on an injury hiatus.

 

“I have to be very happy with just the outcome, that I was able to get the win today, that I have another chance to play in two days,” said the Canadian.

“Hopefully I can continue to progress throughout this tournament.”

 

“I’ve prepared the best I can for this tournament,” Raonic said. “I’m not necessarily in the best position right now, but fortunately it’s a long tournament. Doesn’t mean things can’t change and I can’t get better throughout this event.”

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Miami Open Tennis – Thursday Results, Friday Schedule

MIAMI OPEN PRESENTED BY ITAU – MIAMI, USA
$6,993,450 (ATP)
$6,993,450 (WTA)
20 MARCH – 2 APRIL, 2017

RESULTS – THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017

Men’s Singles – First Round
H. Zeballos (ARG) d G. Elias (POR) 67(2) 62 75
Y. Lu (TPE) d [WC] C. Ruud (NOR) 62 61
D. Dzumhur (BIH) d H. Chung (KOR) 36 61 76(1)
A. Kuznetsov (RUS) d D. Istomin (UZB) 64 76(0)
D. Schwartzman (ARG) d K. Khachanov (RUS) 64 36 76(4)
[Q] D. King (BAR) d [Q] L. Lacko (SVK) 76(2) 64
[Q] F. Tiafoe (USA) d K. Kravchuk (RUS) 75 57 61
R. Haase (NED) d [WC] M. Ymer (SWE) 75 76(3)
[PR] T. Robredo (ESP) d N. Basilashvili (GEO) 36 64 62
[Q] M. Kukushkin (KAZ) d [LL] M. Youzhny (RUS) 64 61
[WC] A. Rublev (RUS) d F. Mayer (GER) 61 61
A. Seppi (ITA) d [Q] R. Albot (MDA) 64 64
A. Mannarino (FRA) d [Q] B. Becker (GER) 76(6) 63
B. Coric (CRO) d M. Granollers (ESP) 76(6) 46 63

Men’s
Doubles – First Round
G. Muller (LUX) / S. Querrey (USA) d F. Fognini (ITA) / R. Lindstedt (SWE) 60 46 10-4

Women’s Singles – Second Round
[2] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) d [Q] M. Brengle (USA) 61 63
[4] D. Cibulkova (SVK) d [Q] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) 63 62
[5] A. Radwanska (POL) d Q. Wang (CHN) 76(3) 61
[WC] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) d [9] E. Svitolina (UKR) 75 64
[12] C. Wozniacki (DEN) d [Q] V. Lepchenko (USA) 61 62
[17] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d Y. Shvedova (KAZ) 67(3) 62 60
[Q] J. Cepelova (SVK) d [18] C. Vandeweghe (USA) 62 36 61
L. Safarova (CZE) d [23] D. Gavrilova (AUS) 62 62
[26] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) d K. Bondarenko (UKR) 62 26 76(2)
[27] Y. Putintseva (KAZ) d C. Witthoeft (GER) 64 64
K. Flipkens (BEL) d [29] A. Konjuh (CRO) 76(4) 67(6) 62
[30] S. Zhang (CHN) d S. Errani (ITA) 46 64 75

Women’s
Doubles – First Round
A. Klepac (SLO) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d R. Olaru (ROU) / O. Savchuk (UKR) 62 64
S. Kuznetsova (RUS) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) d D. Gavrilova (AUS) / J. Konta (GBR) 63 63
L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / C. Liang (CHN) d J. Goerges (GER) / J. Ostapenko (LAT) 76(3) 76(3)

 

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 24 MARCH 2017

STADIUM start 11:00 am
WTA – [3] S. Halep (ROU) vs N. Osaka (JPN)

Not Before 12:00 noon
WTA – [6] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs C. Mchale (USA) 06 23

Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – K. Anderson (RSA) vs [2] K. Nishikori (JPN)
ATP – [5] R. Nadal (ESP) vs D. Sela (ISR)

Not Before 5:00 pm
WTA – [1] A. Kerber (GER) vs Y. Duan (CHN)

Not Before 8:00 pm
ATP – G. Pella (ARG) vs [9] G. Dimitrov (BUL)

Not Before 9:30 pm
WTA – [11] V. Williams (USA) vs [WC] B. Haddad Maia (BRA)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
ATP – V. Troicki (SRB) vs [3] M. Raonic (CAN)

Not Before 12:00 noon
ATP – [WC] T. Bellucci (BRA) vs S. Robert (FRA)
WTA – V. Golubic (SUI) vs [8] M. Keys (USA)
ATP – [23] S. Johnson (USA) vs N. Mahut (FRA)
ATP – [13] J. Sock (USA) vs Y. Nishioka (JPN)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – [25] F. Verdasco (ESP) vs [Q] E. Escobedo (USA)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
ATP – [7] M. Cilic (CRO) vs J. Chardy (FRA)

Not Before 12:00 noon
ATP – A. Dolgopolov (UKR) vs M. Jaziri (TUN) 01
ATP – [15] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) vs F. Delbonis (ARG)
WTA – [10] J. Konta (GBR) vs [Q] A. Sasnovich (BLR)
ATP – D. Young (USA) vs [11] L. Pouille (FRA)
WTA – [Q] R. Ozaki (JPN) vs [16] K. Bertens (NED)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
ATP – T. Fritz (USA) vs [26] P. Kohlschreiber (GER)
WTA – M. Minella (LUX) vs [7] S. Kuznetsova (RUS)
ATP – [28] M. Zverev (GER) vs [Q] J. Donaldson (USA)
WTA – [Q] P. Tig (ROU) vs [22] K. Mladenovic (FRA)
ATP – D. Thiem (AUT) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) vs A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER)

Court 7 start 11:00 am
WTA – [25] R. Vinci (ITA) vs [Q] T. Townsend (USA)

Not Before 12:00 noon
WTA – [13] E. Vesnina (RUS) vs [WC] A. Tomljanovic (CRO) 63 46 45
ATP – F. Fognini (ITA) vs [30] J. Sousa (POR)
ATP – [21] P. Cuevas (URU) vs B. Paire (FRA)
WTA – [WC] A. Barty (AUS) vs [14] S. Stosur (AUS)
ATP – After Suitable Rest – R. Bopanna (IND) / P. Cuevas (URU) vs [WC] N. Kyrgios (AUS) / M. Reid (AUS) 57 12

COURT 8 start 11:00 am
ATP – J. Vesely (CZE) vs [19] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)

Not Before 12:00 noon
WTA – [19] A. Sevastova (LAT) vs S. Cirstea (ROU) 66
WTA – [28] I. Begu (ROU) vs L. Arruabarrena (ESP)
WTA – [21] C. Garcia (FRA) vs S. Peng (CHN)
ATP – J. Struff (GER) vs [20] G. Simon (FRA)

COURT 10 start 11:00 am
ATP – O. Marach (AUT) / M. Pavic (CRO) vs B. Baker (USA) / D. Nestor (CAN)
ATP – [5] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) vs [PR] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT)
ATP – After Suitable Rest – D. Schwartzman (ARG) / H. Zeballos (ARG) vs M. Cilic (CRO) / N. Mektic (CRO)
ATP – After Suitable Rest – [WC] A. Rublev (RUS) / M. Ymer (SWE) vs P. Lorenzi (ITA) / J. Sousa (POR)
WTA – X. Knoll (SUI) / A. Krunic (SRB) vs S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN)

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Miami Open Tennis – Wednesday Results, Thursday Schedule

MIAMI OPEN PRESENTED BY ITAU – MIAMI, USA
20 MARCH – 2 APRIL, 2017

Men’s Singles – First Round
D. Sela (ISR) d [Q] C. Harrison (USA) 61 61
T. Fritz (USA) d A. Pavlasek (CZE) 62 63
N. Mahut (FRA) d [WC] M. Mmoh (USA) 63 62
G. Pella (ARG) d [Q] T. Smyczek (USA) 36 64 76(3)
Y. Nishioka (JPN) d J. Thompson (AUS) 16 64 63
J. Vesely (CZE) d [PR] T. Haas (GER) 67(5) 63 75
[Q] J. Donaldson (USA) d K. Edmund (GBR) 26 76(4) 62, saved 3 m.p.
V. Troicki (SRB) d T. Monteiro (BRA) 57 63 61
J. Chardy (FRA) d F. Bagnis (ARG) 62 62
F. Fognini (ITA) d R. Harrison (USA) 64 75
B. Paire (FRA) d M. Klizan (SVK) 76(4) 63
D. Young (USA) d D. Brown (GER) 63 16 62
F. Delbonis (ARG) d J. Monaco (ARG) 75 76(4)
J. Struff (GER) d [Q] A. Bedene (GBR) 75 40 Ret. (Hamstring)
[Q] E. Escobedo (USA) d D. Evans (GBR) 75 06 63
K. Anderson (RSA) d [Q] D. Lajovic (SRB) 62 75

Women’s
Singles – First Round

S. Rogers (USA) d [Q] M. Erakovic (NZL) 46 63 76(4)
J. Goerges (GER) d A. Riske (USA) 75 63
[Q] R. Ozaki (JPN) d L. Chirico (USA) 36 75 61
[Q] P. Tig (ROU) d H. Watson (GBR) 76(4) 61
[Q] T. Townsend (USA) d [WC] A. Anisimova (USA) 26 62 63
[Q] A. Kontaveit (EST) d [Q] K. Nara (JPN) 62 61
[WC] A. Barty (AUS) d E. Bouchard (CAN) 64 57 63
[Q] A. Sasnovich (BLR) d A. Cornet (FRA) 64 16 64
P. Parmentier (FRA) d O. Dodin (FRA) 62 61
C. Mchale (USA) d A. Beck (GER) 67(2) 75 60
S. Cirstea (ROU) d M. Puig (PUR) 62 64
[Q] V. Lepchenko (USA) d L. Davis (USA) 63 63
[WC] A. Tomljanovic (CRO) d [LL] M. Linette (POL) 62 16 62
L. Safarova (CZE) d Y. Wickmayer (BEL) 76(2) 64
[Q] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) d M. Doi (JPN) 62 64
Q. Wang (CHN) d [Q] D. Vekic (CRO) 06 64 62
Y. Shvedova (KAZ) d J. Jankovic (SRB) 46 64 76(3)
[WC] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) d K. Siniakova (CZE) 63 46 64
[Q] J. Cepelova (SVK) d A. Petkovic (GER) 62 64
[Q] M. Brengle (USA) d J. Ostapenko (LAT) 63 36 62

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017
STADIUM start 11:00 am
WTA – [Q] M. Brengle (USA) vs [2] Ka. Pliskova (CZE)
ATP – M. Granollers (ESP) vs B. Coric (CRO)
ATP – [Q] F. Tiafoe (USA) vs K. Kravchuk (RUS)

Not Before 5:00 pm
WTA – [Q] V. Lepchenko (USA) vs [12] C. Wozniacki (DEN)

Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA – [6] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs C. Mchale (USA)

Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – [WC] T. Bellucci (BRA) vs S. Robert (FRA)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
ATP – N. Basilashvili (GEO) vs [PR] T. Robredo (ESP)
ATP – K. Khachanov (RUS) vs D. Schwartzman (ARG)
WTA – [5] A. Radwanska (POL) vs Q. Wang (CHN)
ATP – B. Tomic (AUS) vs [Q] M. Kukushkin (KAZ)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – A. Dolgopolov (UKR) vs M. Jaziri (TUN)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
ATP – A. Mannarino (FRA) vs [Q] B. Becker (GER)
WTA – [Q] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) vs [4] D. Cibulkova (SVK)
ATP – G. Elias (POR) vs H. Zeballos (ARG)
WTA – [Q] J. Cepelova (SVK) vs [18] C. Vandeweghe (USA)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – J. Isner (USA) / S. Johnson (USA) vs [8] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – L. Safarova (CZE) vs [23] D. Gavrilova (AUS)
ATP – D. Dzumhur (BIH) vs H. Chung (KOR)
ATP – [WC] A. Rublev (RUS) vs F. Mayer (GER)
WTA – [WC] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) vs [9] E. Svitolina (UKR)
ATP – R. Bopanna (IND) / P. Cuevas (URU) vs [WC] N. Kyrgios (AUS) / M. Reid (AUS)

COURT 7 start 11:00 am
ATP – [WC] C. Ruud (NOR) vs Y. Lu (TPE)
WTA – S. Errani (ITA) vs [30] S. Zhang (CHN)
ATP – [Q] D. King (BAR) vs [Q] L. Lacko (SVK)
WTA – [13] E. Vesnina (RUS) vs [WC] A. Tomljanovic (CRO)
ATP – D. Thiem (AUT) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) vs A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER)

COURT 8 start 11:00 am
WTA – K. Bondarenko (UKR) vs [26] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO)
ATP – [Q] R. Albot (MDA) vs A. Seppi (ITA)
WTA – [17] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs Y. Shvedova (KAZ)
ATP – D. Istomin (UZB) vs A. Kuznetsov (RUS)

Not Before 5:00 pm
WTA – [19] A. Sevastova (LAT) vs S. Cirstea (ROU)

COURT 9 start 11:00 am
WTA – [29] A. Konjuh (CRO) vs K. Flipkens (BEL)
WTA – [27] Y. Putintseva (KAZ) vs C. Witthoeft (GER)
WTA-After Suitable Rest – D. Gavrilova (AUS) / J. Konta (GBR) vs S. Kuznetsova (RUS) / K. Mladenovic (FRA)
WTA – [15] B. Strycova (CZE) vs J. Larsson (SWE)
WTA – X. Knoll (SUI) / A. Krunic (SRB) vs S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN)

COURT 10 start 11:00 am
WTA – R. Olaru (ROU) / O. Savchuk (UKR) vs A. Klepac (SLO) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP)
ATP – F. Fognini (ITA) / R. Lindstedt (SWE) vs G. Muller (LUX) / S. Querrey (USA)

Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA – J. Goerges (GER) / J. Ostapenko (LAT) vs L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / C. Liang (CHN)
ATP – R. Haase (NED) vs [WC] M. Ymer (SWE)

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Elena Vesnina and Roger Federer Win BNP Paribas Open Singles Titles

(March 19, 2017) Roger Federer and Elena Vesnina took home the BNP Paribas Open singles trophies on Sunday in Indian Wells California. In an all-Swiss affair, Federer defeated Wawrinka 6-4, 7-5 to win his fifth Indian Wells crown, 90th career tournament and 25th Masters Series 1000 title. He is now tied with Novak Djokovic for most Indian Wells titles.

At 35-years and seven months old, the 18-time major champion became the oldest BNP Paribas Open champion. Federer is third in Open Era in number of titles behind Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl.

The women’s final was an all-Russian contest which saw Elena Vesnina rally from a set and 1-4 down in the second s set and 2-4 down in the third set to beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-4 in just over three hours in the first match of the day.

“For me, the dream run continues,” Federer said during the trophy ceremony.

“This was not part of the plan, to win Australia and Indian Wells. The goal was to be top 8 by after Wimbledon, so I’m there much, much faster.”

“I will make the plan for the remainder of the season, especially for the clay, after Miami, and then see also what the goals are because the goals are clearly changing after this dream start.”

“The way he’s playing is just so beautiful,” said finalist Wawrinka. “Everything looks perfect. He’s moving amazingly well. He has amazing touch. He’s doing everything you can do on the tennis court.”

“I think Stan can be very proud of his efforts here and the start to the year,” Federer said to media. “And the tournament he played here was great for him. He’s always struggled in the past in the desert. And then, for me, the dream run continues. The fairytale of the comeback that I have already shown in Australia.

“Again, I’m not as surprised as I was in Australia, but still this comes as a big, big surprise to me, nevertheless, to win here again and beating the players that I did and the way I did. I mean, couldn’t be more happy.

“It’s an absolute, huge start to the year for me. Yeah, last year didn’t win any titles. I don’t think I was in any finals except maybe Brisbane last year.

“The change is dramatic, and it feels great.”

Federer’s ranking will move up to No. 6 as of Monday.

Last February, 14th seed Vesnina was ranked No. 122 in the world and lost in qualifying at Indian Wells. Talk about a turnaround. She’ll be No. 13 in the world when the rankings come out on Monday.

Like her last year on tour, she had to battle back and Sunday was no different. The 30-year-old, who defeated No. 2 seed Angela Kerber and No. 12 seed Venus Williams on the road to making the final, talked about how she was mentally able to rebound from a set and 1-4 down:

“I was down the whole match except the first set. I was up with a break twice and I had set point. I didn’t use my chances there, and then she won the set and was 4-1-up.

“I was kind of fighting to just stay longer on the court, you know, just don’t give it so easy. I was telling to myself, You’re 4-1 down. Nothing to lose. Just fight for each game, you know, try to win every point, you know, try to deserve every point, because she will not give you anything.

“When I was down 4-2 in the third set, I know these kind of feelings when you’re having so much chances and you’re not using them, then your opponent will have one chance and she will use it.

“So I think that’s the situation what happened with Svetlana and me today, because she was up the whole match. She was up set 4-1, then 4-2 in the third. She had so many break points on my serve. She was 30-Love up couple of times on her serves.

“And I always keep coming back. I stick there, you know. I was just not giving anything, you know, that moment. I was just — I didn’t thought about, like, the end of the match. I was just thinking about how to kind of get back into the game. You know, I was just thinking about that.

“And when I broke her at 4-All and went to serve for the match, I had this in my mind. You know, I was, like, I’m not gonna give it. I went to serve, and I was, like, I never gonna lose this game.

“I don’t know how I have it in my mind, you know, serving for the championship point, championship game, you know, and don’t be so nervous, you know. I was really — that game, I was really calm. I was not thinking that if I’m going to lose this game it’s going to be 5-All. I was not afraid to lose, you know, maybe for the whole match. I was just trying to play.

“And I think Svetlana, end of the match, she was afraid to lose the match, and this is the difference maybe.”

The 31-year-old, two-time major champion and eighth seed Kuznetsova said: “I didn’t feel good today, because she was very aggressive, and I was a little bit out of my game. I was too far from the court, and I was running all the way, way behind, so the only thing I could defend. And I didn’t serve well.

“So I think that was overall the key points. Even I made it 7-6, 4-1 and was one break, and she kept being aggressive, and, yeah, I was too passive. I think that’s why I lost.”

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Novak Djokovic Withdraws From Miami Open with Elbow Injury

 

 

(March 19, 2017) Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the Miami Open with a right elbow injury.

“I have some very disappointing news to share with you regarding the Miami Open tournament,” said Djokovi in a statement. “My doctor has strongly advised against play because my elbow injury, that I keep carrying on for months, got worse in the past week. I will do everything in my power to recover and do all the necessary therapy to be able to return on court as soon as possible. Sadly, I won’t be able to defend my title in Miami this week.”

“Believe me, it is as shocking to me, as it is to you. I had incredible run in Miami, I won there my first Masters tournament and started my campaign towards the top of the world rankings. No wonder they say that in sport the biggest and most painful defeats come from injuries, and not from opponents. I am lucky that throughout my career I didn’t have many injuries, but I guess that all that I’ve been through physically in the past so many years did leave a mark on my body. I remain eternally grateful for all the love and support I receive from you. Thank you for believing in me.”

No. 1 Andy Murray withdrew from the tournament on Saturday with a similar injury.

Eight-time champion Serena Williams will be skipping the tournament due to a left knee injury.

The tournament runs from March 20 – April 2.

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BNP Paribas Open – Thursday Results, Friday Schedule

BNP PARIBAS OPEN – INDIAN WELLS, USA

$7,913,405 (ATP)

$7,699,423 (WTA)

6-19 MARCH 2017

 

RESULTS – MARCH 16, 2017

Men’s

Singles – Quarterfinals

[3] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d [8] D. Thiem (AUT) 64 46 76(2)

[21] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) d [27] P. Cuevas (URU) 61 36 76(4)

Men’s

Doubles – Semifinals

[6] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) d G. Muller (LUX) / S. Querrey (USA) 62 64

Women’s

Singles – Quarterfinals

[14] E. Vesnina (RUS) d [12] V. Williams (USA) 62 46 63

[28] K. Mladenovic (FRA) d [13] C. Wozniacki (DEN) 36 76(4) 62

Women’s

Doubles – Semifinals

[6] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) d [1] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) 76(7) 75

Hradecka (CZE) / K. Siniakova (CZE) d [2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) 63 63

 

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017

STADIUM 1 start 12:00 noon

ATP – [9] R. Federer (SUI) vs [15] N. Kyrgios (AUS)

 

Not Before 2:00 pm

ATP – [17] J. Sock (USA) vs [4] K. Nishikori (JPN)

ATP – [4] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) vs [8] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA)

 

Not Before 7:00 pm

WTA – [28] K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs [14] E. Vesnina (RUS)

WTA – [3] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) vs [8] S. Kuznetsova (RUS)

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Vesnina Stops Venus Williams to Reach BNP Paribas Open Semifinals

Venus Williams

 

(March 16, 2017) Elena Vesnina fought off six break points in the final game to defeat 12th seed Venus Williams 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 to reach the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday in Indian Wells.

“I’m in the semifinal of BNP Indian Wells tournament, one of the biggest Masters Series tournament.,” noted Vesnina. “I guess I’m on fire. I’m enjoying myself on the court, and I’m really happy with my wins here.

“This win today against Venus really means a lot for me. It’s never easy to play against her. She’s a great champion and always fighting till the end.

“I’m really happy that I pulled this win.”

Vesnina came into the match after having beaten No. 2 seed Angelique Kerber in the fourth round.

Vesnina talked about Venus Williams’ impact on the sport of tennis: “She’s a great example of how you can love tennis. You know, for so many years, she brings so much passion and love to this game.

“She’s coming and giving everything, you know. She’s always fighting, always enjoying, smiling. You know, you can see she’s, like, little girl on the court, actually, enjoying more than half of the WTA Tour. And we have to learn from her, you know, how she’s appreciating what she’s doing.

“I think maybe it came to her maybe kind of few years ago. Maybe when she was young she was a bit different, but now she’s totally enjoying herself and she’s, like, inspiring everybody around her, you know, her and Serena, as well. Because really what they bring to the tennis, to the woman’s tennis, is just amazing.”

“It’s never fun to fall short. But, you know, I gave my all, ” said Williams.

“I chose to be here. That was my choice. I gave it my best today, and I’m looking forward to playing her again, hopefully healthy and 100%, and will have an opportunity to really show what I can do in these kind of matches.”

“Work is important and, you know, satisfying work is a big part of life, and it is satisfying. Days like today are frustrating when I want to do more and can’t do more or didn’t do more.

“But it’s wonderful to be able to live my dream and work is — you know, I try to separate it from my regular life, but it’s sort of one and the same. Of course I look at the bigger picture and realize there is more important things than the yellow ball, but it’s pretty up there.”

The Russian, seeded 14th will play the Frenchwoman, No. 28 seed Kristina Mladenovic for a place in the final. Mladenovic beat Caroline Wozniacki 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-2.

“Kiki is having a great season,” said Vesnina. “She’s on fire. She won her first maiden title in St. Petersburg and then she made final in Acapulco. I think now she beat two top 10 players on the way to the semifinal.

“So definitely she’s having a great season. It’s going to be tough match. She’s upcoming player. We played couple of times, but two, three years ago, and totally different story now.

“So we will see. I need to think how I need to play against her, because I have couple of thoughts on my mind. She’s a great doubles player, as well. You know, so she’s kind of player on all the court, you know. She can come into the net. She’s using the dropshots, slices.

“So it’s going to be difficult match, but on the other hand, it’s very exciting to play the semifinal match here in Indian Wells.”

 

Mladenovic, who will move into the Top 20 next week discussed the match in her news conference: “Caroline is a top player, former World No. 1. She’s also in very great shape. I mean, she had a very good start of the season, as well, won lots of matches.

“We played three times before today, and I always lost, especially that final in Hong Kong at the end of last year was very painful for me, like, very frustrating. I thought I was playing well that entire week and, in the final, I was just kind of exhausted and injured. And still, it was, like, a very long battle there. If I’m not wrong, it was almost three hours.

“Today I was just, like, okay, today I’m feeling good. When I woke up, I’m like, nothing is hurting. I’m good. I’m not injured. I was happy about that. I was, like, I want to give a fight there and have no regrets.

“I wanted to take my revenge, of course. It was not easy. Again, it was a tough battle and tough conditions. We played, yeah, two hours and a half. I didn’t start well at all the match.

“I thought, you know, when you lost three times against a player, it means that something is wrong and that you, like, don’t really like her game.

“But I was not playing good, but still I felt like I needed adjustments, actually. It’s first time for me playing on that huge stadium and conditions and everything. I just stayed actually very positive and composed, because I was out there battling with myself first, I think, because I wanted kind of too much, you know. That was all about.

“Then, yeah, I was just fighting mentally to find adjustment and to be close with her at the scoreboard, and eventually I got my chances. And I think I played really well the tiebreak.

“Yeah, I went for my game. I went for some variation. I think I played differently at some point, you know, trying to use more the court to make her run, as well. Because she was doing that pretty well to me. And also put some slices in my game, dropshots.

“And something new I put today was the serve and volley on such important points (smiling). I impress myself kind of (smiling). I was, Okay, great. What I’m gonna do now?

“Because every time I would serve good on the backhand, she would go, like, very deep and return well. I was, like, Okay, let’s just be creative here.

“And it paid off, and it gave me a chance to fight a third set. I think the third set was the best game of today for me.”

There were 11 breaks of serve in this match and Wozniacki regretted missing chances.

“I didn’t take some of my opportunities in the third set. I didn’t break her when I had the opportunity. I didn’t hold when I had the opportunity and, all of sudden, those games kind of slipped away.

“And she had some big forehands when she needed to and then, all of a sudden, I see myself down 5-2, and it could maybe have been different.”

Mladenovic will be the No. 1 French women player when the next rankings come out.

The other women’s semifinal will feature No. 3 Karolina Pliskova and No. 8 Svetlana Kuznetsova.

In men’s action, a pair of “Pablos” squared off for a place in the final four.

No. 21 Pablo Carreno Busta from Spain saved two match points to beat 27th seed Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay, 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (4).

“It’s my first time in the semifinal in a Masters 1000, but here in Indian Wells is — you know, for me, this tournament is one of the best, not just the Masters 1000, one of the best tournaments in the year and maybe one of the tougher, because all the people is playing here, all the top 20,” said the Spaniard.

“So I think it’s a really great result for me.”

“Always with Cuevas– with Pablo is I need to be very focused on my game, very aggressive, because his second serve or his kick, you know, the ball is bounce a lot. So I need to be aggressive and I need to dominate the points, because he’s really dangerous with his forehand.”

Stan Wawrinka

Carreno Busta will play No. 3 Stan Wawrinka who defeated No. 8 Dominic Thiem in the semifinals 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(2).

“I’m really happy,” said Wawrinka. “Again, tiebreak. The level was really high tonight. I’m really happy the way I was playing, the way I find a way to win it. He’s a strong player, really tough to play. I think in general we play both really high level, and the match was only one, two points.

“I think in the third set tiebreak I served really well. I was really focused to not give him anything. And, again, it’s a great win for me.”

“I think it’s a little bit experience, a little bit the confidence, a little bit thinking about what you want to do and just do it without thinking if you’re gonna miss or no.

“I think in those moments you need to trust your game and that’s what I did well. I was playing well. I could have lose the match, for sure. But, in general, I try to stay focused with my game, with my game plan, and don’t give in anything.

“I know also that’s when I play good tennis. I can beat anybody. So that’s give me a lot of confidence.”

 

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BNP Paribas Open – Wednesday Results, Thursday Schedule

 

BNP PARIBAS OPEN – INDIAN WELLS, USA

$7,913,405 (ATP)

$7,699,423 (WTA)

6-19 MARCH 2017

 

RESULTS – MARCH 15, 2017

Men’s

Singles – Fourth Round

[15] N. Kyrgios (AUS) d [2] N. Djokovic (SRB) 64 76(3)

[3] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d [LL] Y. Nishioka (JPN) 36 63 76(4)

[4] K. Nishikori (JPN) d D. Young (USA) 62 64

[9] R. Federer (SUI) d [5] R. Nadal (ESP) 62 63

[8] D. Thiem (AUT) d [10] G. Monfils (FRA) 63 62

[27] P. Cuevas (URU) d [11] D. Goffin (BEL) 63 36 63

[17] J. Sock (USA) d M. Jaziri (TUN) 46 76(1) 75

[21] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) d [Q] D. Lajovic (SRB) 64 76(5)

Men’s

Doubles – Quarterfinals

Muller (LUX) / S. Querrey (USA) d [3] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) 67(2) 63 10-6

[4] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) 76(5) 64

[6] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) d N. Djokovic (SRB) / V. Troicki (SRB) 36 62 10-6

[8] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) d [WC] N. Kyrgios (AUS) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) 61 63

 

Women’s

Singles – Quarterfinals

[3] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) d [7] G. Muguruza (ESP) 76(2) 76(5)

[8] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d [19] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 63 62

 

Women’s

Doubles – Quarterfinals

[1] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) d S. Kuznetsova (RUS) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) 63 36 10-8

[2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) d S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN) 62 61

 

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2017

STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am

WTA – [13] C. Wozniacki (DEN) vs [28] K. Mladenovic (FRA)

 

Not Before 1:00 pm

ATP – [21] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) vs [27] P. Cuevas (URU)

 

Not Before 5:00 pm

WTA – [12] V. Williams (USA) vs [14] E. Vesnina (RUS)

 

Not Before 7:00 pm

ATP – [3] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs [8] D. Thiem (AUT)

ATP – [6] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) vs G. Muller (LUX) / S. Querrey (USA)

STADIUM 2 start Not Before 2:30 pm

WTA – Possible Court Change – [1] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) vs [6] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI)

 

Not Before 7:00 pm

WTA – After Suitable Rest – L. Hradecka (CZE) / K. Siniakova (CZE) vs [2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS)

 

 

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Federer Beats Nadal, Djokovic Loses to Kyrgios at BNP Paribas Open

Roger Federer

(March 15, 2017) Ninth seed Roger Federer took out fifth seed Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-3 in a fourth-round match at the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday. This was the first time since the 2004 third round in Miami that they met so early in a tournament. For the Swiss, it was his thirteenth win over the Spaniard in thirty-six attempts. For the first time in their rivalry, it’s the third straight victory over Nadal for Federer. Federer beat Nadal in the final of the Australian Open at the end of January.

“It’s a nice feeling to win the last three. I can tell you that,” said Federer.

“But most importantly, I won Australia. That was big for me. On the comeback, I look back at that and think that was one of the coolest things I ever experienced in my career.

“Basel was special, too, for many reasons, because I used to be ballboy there. I never played Rafa prior to that finals.

“Then now, here, after the Australian hype, you know, to play here in America right away, all of them are very special.

“I mean, all the matches that we have played are unique in many ways for both of us, winning or losing. So I take it. Obviously can’t celebrate too long this time around. I have to get back to work in a couple of days.”

Federer broke Nadal’s serve a total of four times, twice in each set for the win in 68 minutes.

“The main thing he take the break in the first game, and I had break point in the next game and come back and he had a good serve,” said Nadal.

“When Roger have advantage, his serve is so good, he has a lot of confidence with his serve, he’s able to play much more relaxed, no?

“Worst thing in that match for me was from the beginning I was in disadvantage breaking the first game of the match, and then breaking the second game of the second set. So that’s so difficult to play against Roger this way.”

“It was all about coming out and trying to play the way I did in Australia,” said Federer to media. “I didn’t think it was going to be that possible, to be quite honest, because the court is more jumpy here or more rough, let’s say, so it’s hard to put the ball away.

“I have seen, as well, like against Johnson yesterday, when you serve well and stay on the offensive and you press, you can actually play some really good, aggressive tennis here.

“It’s hard to dig your way out of defense, because the ball doesn’t skid on you as an attacker, and I think I did well again today. You know, I said yesterday it was more a sprint than a marathon. So getting in the lead was crucial, and then staying on the offense and pressing was the goal for me.

“Once I got the break in the second set, obviously you had to be very careful you didn’t get down double break. And I was able to hold my serve, and he couldn’t find a way how to get into my service games more frequently. Next thing you know, it’s all over. It was a really good performance by me, I thought.”

 

Nick Kyrgios

Three-time defending Indian Wells champ Novak Djokovic had his 19-match winning streak at the tournament snapped by 15th seed Nick Kyrgios 6-4, 7-6(3).
“Well, the run was amazing,” said Djokovic. “I am very proud of it, obviously. It had to end at some stage. Unfortunately, it was today.

“Well, Nick, again, as he did in Acapulco earlier, few weeks ago, he served so well. Just wasn’t managing to get a lot of balls back on his serve, first and second, as well.

“So I guess that’s what made a difference.”

The number two seed fell victim to the Australian for the second time in two weeks. Kyrgios beat Djokovic in Acapulco.
“I guess conditions like today where the ball travels through the air very fast and it bounces very high, you know, it’s a gamble,” said the Serb.

“And on his first serves, to try to anticipate and read his serve, where he’s going to go 140 miles per hour down the T and also pretty good angle wide, so it’s hard to position yourself well. Let’s call it that way. It is a gamble.

“His second serve, if you think you’re going to have a look at it, you don’t, because he goes for it, as well. He didn’t make too many double faults.

“As I said, you know, in this kind of conditions, it’s quite suitable for the server. Puts a lot of pressure on your service games. You know, you need to deliver and you can’t fold, which I did in the opening game of the match. Obviously, the dynamic of the match already went his way in the first/second game.

“Yeah, it was hard to come back from that one, although I did have my chances, did have some 30-Alls and deuces. I don’t think I reached a break point, but I did have some close games on his serves, but I just wasn’t able to deliver what was important at that stage.”
Kyrgios hit 14 aces against Djokovic.

“I knew it was going to be a tough battle today,” said Kyrgios. “I knew he wanted to come out there and obviously after Acapulco to come out there and win.

“The conditions are completely different here than they are in Acapulco. I don’t think I served anywhere near as I did in Acapulco. I fought for every point, and obviously we were a bit — I think both of us were a bit nervous at times.

“I thought it was a pretty good match. I played the crucial points pretty well. Obviously I just served well again. Yeah, it was good to get through.”

Kyrgios will take on Federer for a place in the semifinals. Kyrgios is 1-0 against the 18-time major champion.

Stan Wawrinka

No. 3 seed Stan Wawrinka had to battle back from two breaks in the third set to defeat lucky loser Yoshihito Nishioka 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4) to advance.

“Well, was really tough match, of course, ” said Wawrinka. “He served twice for the match. He had breaker in the third.

“I wasn’t playing great. I was not moving well at the beginning. I was a little bit hesitating with my game. I think in general in the third set I played better than the two first sets. I got, I would say, maybe to break a little bit quick especially at 5-5.

“But in general I was finding a little bit better my game. I was playing a little bit more aggressive. I was more calm, making more long rally.

“Again, I’m really happy to get through for sure. You have to be a little bit lucky when he served twice for the match, but I’m happy to fight well enough to give me a chance to play tomorrow night.”

Other men reaching the elite 8 of Indian Wells includes: No. 4 seed Kei Nishikori, who defeated Donald Young 6-2, 6-4,  No. 8 seed Dominic Thiem dominated No.  10 seed Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-2, No. 17 seed Jack Sock who won 4-6, 7-6(1), 7-5 over Malek Jaziri, No. 21 Pablo Carreno Busta, beating qualifier Dusan Lajovic, and No. 27 Pablo Cuevas knocking out No, 11 seed David Goffin 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

Karolina Pliskova

In women’s play, Karolina Pliskova and Svetlana Kuznetsova advanced to the semifinals. In a very tight match, the No. 3 seed Pliskova defeated No. 7 Garbine Muguruza 7-6, 7-6.

“Definitely the best match for me in this tournament,” said the Czech. “Also, like, it was good player, so the level ultimately goes a little bit more up, little better player.

“So definitely from the baseline I think was fine. But, yeah, the way how I was finishing those sets, I’m not happy with that, because I was serving into both. In the second one I was serving twice.

“Even 40-15 up, I don’t think it can happen with my serve. Like, anything is possible in tennis, but I just have to serve few times. I had a good rally once on my forehand.

“So, yeah, a little bit unlucky, but, yeah, just not happy with the way how it finished, but happy how I, in the end, still stayed there.

“And the tiebreaks, especially in the second one was not easy, because I had in my head, I had some match points and I had 5-2. So, yeah, so happy that I stayed there and closed it in the second tiebreak, as well.

“And obviously my serve not really good today, as the whole tournament.”

Kuznetsova defeated Russian countrywoman Anastasia Pavyluchenkova 6-3, 6-2.

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