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Kevin Anderson Upsets Aussie Champ Stan Wawrinka At The BNP Paribas Open

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By Kevin Ware

(March 12, 2014) INDIAN WELLS – With a strong first-round win over Ivo Karlovic, and the loss of just two games to Andreas Seppi, it was a foregone conclusion that Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka would stretch his win streak to 14 matches for a spot in the BNP Paribas Open quarterfinals.

His opponent, Kevin Anderson of South Africa, had other plans; knocking out the World No. 3 in three sets 7-6(1), 3-6, 6-1. Anderson had previously lost to Wawrinka in their three previous meetings, but felt good about his chances in today’s R16 match because they were all closely-contested. This was particularly true of their last meeting at the 2013 Shanghai Masters.

Wawrinka won that tough three-setter by the slimmest of margins in a third-set tiebreak, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5).  One of the lessons that Anderson learned from that match was the need to be more aggressive. This was evident from the start with an early break of the Wawrinka serve.

“That was my game plan coming out.  I had played Stan a few times before, most recently in Shanghai last year, and just being quite aggressive and not giving him too much rhythm from the back.”

That aggressive play was almost his undoing as his error count rose in the second set. It didn’t help that Wawrinka, appearing injured and on the brink of retirement at the end of the first set, came back from the brink to win the second set.

An awkward lunge at a backhand initially led to some tense moments as Wawrinka armed serves and swatted at backhands with limited range of movement. Wawrinka said, “It’s just tightness. And I was a little bit nervous and tight and tired.”

When asked if he’d thought of retiring, he brushed aside the injury talk. “No, never.  As I said, the injury was not big problem at all.  Not at all.  Because I won the second set after.”

“I think I was negative all the match.  I was complaining a lot about my serve, about the way I was playing, and with that, I don’t deserve to win matches. I think I should have been more positive with myself, just trying to find solution, because it was still a close match.”

Anderson got back on track in the third set, but can’t be happy with the stats sheet. He served 11 aces against 8 double faults, and a whopping 40 unforced errors against 34 winners. Still, he continues a run of good form that has seen him play some of the best tennis of his career.

Anderson struggled mightily with injury issues (and surgeries) just a few years ago. Now that the worst is behind him, he attributes much of his current success to having a few relatively healthy years to work on his game. “I have really put as much emphasis as I can on giving myself the right amount of breaks and, really fortunately, being in the position where I can pick and choose my tournaments has helped a lot.”

“Staying healthy is such an important thing.  It sounds obvious, but if you’re not at 100% it’s really tough to compete. ”

Anderson will have his hands full with his next opponent, Roger Federer. But he feels more than up to the challenge.

“I have to come out and focus on my game and just do what I have been doing.  I feel like I have been playing good tennis, and I’m going to definitely continue that tomorrow.”

Kevin Ware is in Indian Wells covering theBNP Paribas Open for Tennis Panorama News. Follow his live updates on twitter @TennisNewsTPN.  Follow his personal twitter @SFTennisFreak.

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BNP Paribas Open – Tuesday’s Results, Wednesday’s Schedule

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BNP PARIBAS OPEN – INDIAN WELLS, USA
USD 6,169,040.00 (ATP)
USD 5,946,740.00 (WTA)
3-16 MARCH 2014

RESULTS – MARCH 11, 2014
Men’s
Singles – Third Round
[2] N Djokovic (SRB) d A Gonzalez (COL) 61 36 61
[30] F Verdasco (ESP) d [8] R Gasquet (FRA) 76(5) 61
[12] J Isner (USA) d Y Lu (TPE) 64 63
[20] E Gulbis (LAT) d [15] G Dimitrov (BUL) 26 61 75

[24] M Cilic (CRO) d [16] T Robredo (ESP) 64 63
R Bautista Agut (ESP) d J Nieminen (FIN) 62 46 76(6)
F Lopez (ESP) d M Kukushkin (KAZ) 16 63 64
J Benneteau (FRA) d [Q] D Thiem (AUT) 76(4) 63

Men’s
Doubles – Quarterfinals
[2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) d T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR) 76(4) 67(3) 10-7
Second Round
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d J Benneteau (FRA) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 63 62

Women’s
Singles – Fourth Round
[1] N Li (CHN) d A Wozniak (CAN) 61 64
[2] A Radwanska (POL) d [22] A Cornet (FRA) 75 63

[6] S Halep (ROU) d [18] E Bouchard (CAN) 62 16 64
[7] J Jankovic (SRB) d [10] C Wozniacki (DEN) 63 61
[12] D Cibulkova (SVK) d [8] P Kvitova (CZE) 63 62
[17] S Stephens (USA) d A Kleybanova (RUS) 63 75
[20] F Pennetta (ITA) d [Q] C Giorgi (ITA) 62 61
[Q] C Dellacqua (AUS) d L Davis (USA) walkover

Women’s
Doubles – Quarterfinals
[8] L Hradecka (CZE) / J Zheng (CHN) d [4] K Peschke (CZE) / K Srebotnik (SLO) 75 57 10-3

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2014

STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
ATP – [10] M Raonic (CAN) vs [5] A Murray (GBR)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [6] S Halep (ROU) vs [Q] C Dellacqua (AUS)
ATP – [3] S Wawrinka (SUI) vs [17] K Anderson (RSA)
ATP – [11] T Haas (GER) vs [7] R Federer (SUI)

Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – [7] J Jankovic (SRB) vs [2] A Radwanska (POL)

Not Before 8:30 pm
ATP – [24] M Cilic (CRO) vs [2] N Djokovic (SRB)

STADIUM 2 start 11:00 am
ATP – [28] A Dolgopolov (UKR) vs [13] F Fognini (ITA)
ATP – [20] E Gulbis (LAT) vs R Bautista Agut (ESP)
ATP – [30] F Verdasco (ESP) vs [12] J Isner (USA)
ATP – F Lopez (ESP) vs J Benneteau (FRA)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – [1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs N Mahut (FRA) / J Tsonga (FRA)
ATP – R Federer (SUI) / S Wawrinka (SUI) vs [4] L Paes (IND) / R Stepanek (CZE)

STADIUM 3 start 1:00 pm
WTA – [5] C Black (ZIM) / S Mirza (IND) vs [2] E Makarova (RUS) / E Vesnina (RUS)
WTA – [WC] S Kuznetsova (RUS) / S Stosur (AUS) vs K Date-Krumm (JPN) / B Zahlavova Strycova (CZE)
WTA – After Suitable Rest – [1] S Hsieh (TPE) / S Peng (CHN) vs [7] A Barty (AUS) / C Dellacqua (AUS)
ATP – [3] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) vs J Isner (USA) / S Querrey (USA)

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Novak Djokovic and Jelena Jankovic Advance at BNP Paribas Open

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(March 11, 2014) INDIAN WELLS – Novak Djokovic was tested in the middle set against Colombian Alejandro Gonzalez, but the Serbian pulled out a 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 win to move into the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday.

Other men advancing were 24th-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia, who defeated 16th-seeded Tommy Robredo 6-4, 6-3; 30th-seeded Fernando Verdasco  who beat No. 8 seed Richard Gasquet, 7-6 (5), 6-1 24th-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia, who beat 16th-seeded Tommy Robredo 6-4, 6- and Roberto Bautista Agut stopped  Jarkko Nieminen, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (6).

On the women’s side. 2010 champion Jelena Jankovic defeated 2011 champion Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-1 in the battle of former No. 1s. Also Advancing on the women’s side were No. 6 seed Simona Halep who stopped Eugenie Bouchard 6-2, 1-6, 6-4; Casey Dellacqua of Australia moved on due to Lauren Davis pulling out of the tournament due to gastrointestinal illness and Maria Sharapova conqueror Camilia Giorgi was dismissed by her Italian countrywoman Flavia Pennetta in 56 minutes 6-2, 6-1 to reach the quarterfinals.

Two-time Indian Wells champion Djokovic had 28 winners in the match against Gonzalez. The Colombian before this week had never won an ATP Tour level match until Indian Wells.

“I honestly haven’t seen him play ever before that,” Djokovic said of his opponent.  “I got information from some other players, and my coach did preparations also for the match.  You know, asked also a few players what his weaknesses and strengths are in the game.

“It took me a little bit to get used to it, you know, but I thought I played really well from the start.  6‑1, and then his opening few games, service games, I had break points, and then suddenly I just had a big loss of concentration and allowed him to win the second set for no reason.

“Bounced back better in the third, but I obviously cannot allow myself to have these particular concentration lapses in the match at this level ‑ especially in the next match when I’m playing Cilic, you know, a guy who is in really good form and I think has gotten better in last couple of months working with Ivanisevic.

“So I’m going to have to be on top of my game throughout the whole match in order to win it.”

Djokovic plays Mari Cilic next.

“I’ve played him (Cilic) several times on different surfaces,” Djokovic said.  “We haven’t played each other for quite a long time.

“He started working with Goran, and as I said before, you can feel and you can notice the improvement in his game.  He’s more aggressive.  He comes to the net.  He’s a big guy, and that’s what you expect from him is to serve big and to come to the net.

“He’s using his serve as a big advantage nowadays, and also I feel like he’s moving better on the court.  He did before ‑‑ obviously he had this injury and then was absent from the tour for several months, but since he came back he’s a stronger player.

“I have been watching him playing some big matches.  He won against Murray in Rotterdam in straight sets.  He can definitely can play.  And not just play, I mean, he can win against top players.  That’s why I do not even for a second underestimate him.

“I’m coming into the match knowing that I’m going to have to be playing on top of my game in order to win that match.  I’m going to get myself ready for it.”

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Djokovic’s countrywoman Jelena Jankovic routed Wozniacki 6-3, 6-1. Depending on how other players perform, Wozniacki’s ranking could fall to No. 15 in the world.

“I lost to her the last I don’t know how many times, but I think right now I am playing some pretty good tennis,” Jankovic said of finally ending a five-match losing streak against the Dane.  “I went on court, you know, trying to wait for my chances.

“Against her, if you go sometimes for too much you just make so many errors and you beat yourself.  A lot of times it happened in the past.

“So I try to play solid and aggressive at the same time, wait for the right shots, and then execute.  I did that pretty well.  3‑1 I kind of found my way, found my rhythm, and I was striking the ball very well out there and took control of the points.

“You know, I just did not let her play what she plays.  That was very important.  So I was pretty pleased with the way I played and how composed I stayed throughout the whole match.

“I kind of surprised myself, especially because of my back.  Two nights ago I hurt my back, and yesterday did not hit at all.  Had a lot of treatment.  Could not put my shoes on and all these kind of things.

“So I went on court today not knowing how I was going to feel.  You know, if I was going to be limited with my movement or if I was going to play my game.

“But I did, and I was surprised.  I was so happy and pleased with how everything went.”

Jankovic will play second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska in the quarterfinals.

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BNP Paribas Open – Monday’s Results, Tuesday’s Schedule

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BNP PARIBAS OPEN – INDIAN WELLS, USA
USD 6,169,040.00 (ATP)
USD 5,946,740.00 (WTA)
3-16 MARCH 2014

RESULTS – MARCH 10, 2014
Men’s
Singles – Third Round
[28] A Dolgopolov (UKR) d [1] R Nadal (ESP) 63 36 76(5)
[3] S Wawrinka (SUI) d [29] A Seppi (ITA) 60 62
[5] A Murray (GBR) d J Vesely (CZE) 67(2) 64 64
[7] R Federer (SUI) d [27] D Tursunov (RUS) 76(7) 76(2)
[10] M Raonic (CAN) d A Falla (COL) 64 63
[11] T Haas (GER) d [19] K Nishikori (JPN) 76(3) 62
[13] F Fognini (ITA) d [23] G Monfils (FRA) 62 36 75
[17] K Anderson (RSA) d [LL] E Donskoy (RUS) 46 60 63

Men’s
Doubles – Second Round
[3] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) d [PR] C Fleming (GBR) / R Hutchins (GBR) 36 64 10-6
[4] L Paes (IND) / R Stepanek (CZE) d [WC] J Erlich (ISR) / R Gasquet (FRA) 63 75
T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR) d [5] D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) 36 63 10-7
N Mahut (FRA) / J Tsonga (FRA) d [7] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) 67(7) 76(5) 11-9
J Isner (USA) / S Querrey (USA) d [8] L Kubot (POL) / R Lindstedt (SWE) 63 76(6)
R Federer (SUI) / S Wawrinka (SUI) d E Gulbis (LAT) / M Raonic (CAN) 76(3) 76(4)

Women’s
Singles – Third Round
[1] N Li (CHN) d K Pliskova (CZE) 63 64
[Q] C Giorgi (ITA) d [4] M Sharapova (RUS) 63 46 75
[8] P Kvitova (CZE) d [27] S Kuznetsova (RUS) 63 26 60
[17] S Stephens (USA) d [11] A Ivanovic (SRB) 76(3) 64
[12] D Cibulkova (SVK) d [23] E Makarova (RUS) 64 75
[20] F Pennetta (ITA) d [16] S Stosur (AUS) 64 36 61
A Wozniak (CAN) d [21] A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 61 67(3) 60
A Kleybanova (RUS) d M Torro-Flor (ESP) 61 63

Women’s
Doubles – Second Round
[4] K Peschke (CZE) / K Srebotnik (SLO) d M Erakovic (NZL) / P Martic (CRO) 76(1) 62
[8] L Hradecka (CZE) / J Zheng (CHN) d V Dushevina (RUS) / M Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 63 75

ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014
STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
ATP – [16] T Robredo (ESP) vs [24] M Cilic (CRO)
WTA – [7] J Jankovic (SRB) vs [10] C Wozniacki (DEN)
ATP – A Gonzalez (COL) vs [2] N Djokovic (SRB)
WTA – [22] A Cornet (FRA) vs [2] A Radwanska (POL)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – Y Lu (TPE) vs [12] J Isner (USA)

Not Before 8:30 pm
WTA – [1] N Li (CHN) vs A Wozniak (CAN)

STADIUM 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – [6] S Halep (ROU) vs [18] E Bouchard (CAN)
ATP – [8] R Gasquet (FRA) vs [30] F Verdasco (ESP)
ATP – [15] G Dimitrov (BUL) vs [20] E Gulbis (LAT)
ATP – [Q] D Thiem (AUT) vs J Benneteau (FRA)

Not Before 5:00 pm
WTA – [17] S Stephens (USA) vs A Kleybanova (RUS)
ATP – [1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs J Benneteau (FRA) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA)

STADIUM 3 start 11:00 am
ATP – J Nieminen (FIN) vs R Bautista Agut (ESP)
ATP – F Lopez (ESP) vs M Kukushkin (KAZ)
WTA – [Q] C Dellacqua (AUS) vs L Davis (USA)
WTA – [Q] C Giorgi (ITA) vs [20] F Pennetta (ITA)

Not Before 5:00 pm
WTA – [12] D Cibulkova (SVK) vs [8] P Kvitova (CZE)

STADIUM 4 start 2:00 pm
WTA – [8] L Hradecka (CZE) / J Zheng (CHN) vs [4] K Peschke (CZE) / K Srebotnik (SLO)
ATP – T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR) vs [2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA)

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Around the Grounds of the BNP Paribas Open in Photos

(March 10, 2014) INDIAN WELLS – Photographer David Sweet (@DavidSweetPhoto) snapped photos all around the grounds and In the interview room of the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday and Monday for Tennis Panorama News.

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Rafael Nadal Upset by Alexandr Dolgopolov in Third Round of BNP Paribas Open

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(March 10, 2014) INDIAN WELLS – Defending champion Rafael Nadal fell to Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5) in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday.  It proved to be a bad day for defending champions as Maria Sharapova was upset on Stadium 1 in the match before Nadal.

It was just last month in Rio that the Spaniard beat the 27th seed for the title in straight sets. Coming into Monday’s match, Dolgopolov had never even taken a set off of the world No. 1.

“I feel great, I mean, as after every win, of course,” said the winner.  “This one was bigger and I beat the defending champion, No. 1 in the world.

“I guess I just need to enjoy this evening and forget about it tomorrow and try to compete the rest of the tournament.  I’m still in.  That’s great, and I’m really happy I could manage to win today.

After splitting the first two sets, Dolgopolov took a 5-2 lead in the third.

Nadal rallied, taking the next three games. Both men held to take the match to a tiebreak.

Nadal grabbed a 4-2 lead in the tiebreak, Dolgopolov won the next three points for a 5-4 lead. Nadal evened it at 5-5, but then hit a ball long to give Dolgopolov the only match point he would need.

“I knew I’m playing well enough to win,” said the Ukrainian.  “The point was just not to get too nervous.  I knew he’s going to make me play that game and not miss much, and I just gave it away.  That was all on me.  I didn’t serve, didn’t play well, and I just tried to forget about that and come back.

“I think I did quite well service game at 5‑All, and the tiebreak was really good at the end for me.”

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“I played bad,” Nadal said.  “That’s all.  Disappointed with the way I played.  But that happens sometimes.  Can happen, and it happens.

“I did all what I had to do to be in good shape.  I worked very hard for the last week, week and week and a half.  After Rio I had a few days off, three days off, to recover the back.  Then I think I worked great.  I think worked great and with good feeling.

“But since I started the competition here I didn’t find the right feelings.  It’s true that I played against two opponents that probably didn’t help me to get the rhythm in the tournament.  But that’s it.  I was there.  I saved tough situation the first day.  Today I was close to save another one.

“But at the end, when you are on the limit, this thing happen.  You can lose.  I lost today.  Congratulate him.  He played I think better than me.  That’s it.  Life continues.

“Gonna keep working hard to try to be ready for Miami.”

“When I have two breaks in one set, normally I don’t lose the set,” Nadal explained.  “He played great.  He’s playing well, much better today.  Had good tournaments in Rio, in Acapulco, so great what the things that he is doing.

“But today.  At the end I have to analyze my part and opponent.  I cannot talk about the opponent because what the opponent does is not in my hands.  I can talk about what is in my hands, and what is in my hands I didn’t play enough solid today.

“I had enough breaks to win the match, but I didn’t play enough well from the baseline then to be solid with my serve.  Is not a problem with my serve.  Was more problem with my baseline shots.  I didn’t go for the points.  I played with too many mistakes.

“It’s a moment for the people to be proud a little bit for someone from their country,” Dolgopolov said, in reference to the political unrest going on between Ukraine and Russia.

“That’s good.  As I said a lot of times, it’s good to make some results and make the people forget a little bit and have some happy moments in the news except the politics and all the bad stuff happening.”

“It’s good to make some results and make the people forget a little bit and have some happy moments in the news.”

Despite losing the match, Nadal let in total points – 95 to 88 and Dolgopolov had more errors 49 to 36.

The Ukrainian will play Fabio Fognini for a place in the quarterfinals.

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Defending Champion Maria Sharapova Falls to Qualifier Camila Giorgi at Indian Wells

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(March 10, 2014) INDIAN WELLS – Qualifier Camila Giorgi stunned defending BNP Paribas Open champion Maria Sharapova 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 in the third round on Monday. The win marked the first time that the 22 year-old Italian ranked at 79th in the world wan a match over a top five player. For Sharapova it was her first loss to someone ranked below the top 30 since 2013 Wimbledon.

It was very far from a clean match from the Russian who committed 58 unforced errors to Giorgi’s 48 and hit 9 double-faults to the Italian’s 11. There were a total of 15 breaks of serve during the match.

“I did not play a good match at all, and, you know, I started very poorly,” Sharapova said.  “Never played against her, but she’s someone that doesn’t give you much rhythm.  She’s quite aggressive, but some shots she hits incredible for a long period of time.  Sometimes they go off a bit.

“But, you know, if I’m speaking about my level, it was nowhere near where it should have been.”

“It was really good match,” Giorgi said.  “I think so.  I mean, wasn’t too consistent, but was great.”

“It was good because I was in the point in a good moment.  It was really important even, but just in the third set was really important to do it, so I was happy.’

“When I’m in the court I don’t think about the crowd,” Giorgi said answering a questions about her possible nerves during the match.  I just try to play my game and just keep going.

“If something, even if I miss, I just still going.  I’m going my game.  I don’t change it.”

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Sharapova despite all of the errors, still had chances to win. At 4-4 in the final set the Russian was broken over a disputed line call. Her shot was called long and she raised her arms, which the chair umpire thought was a challenge, which showed the ball as out. Sharapova debated with the umpire and questioned who made the out call. The umpire disagreed and Sharapova was broken.

“Just because I heard the call from her box rather than from the line judge first, which wasn’t right at the beginning,” Sharapova said.  “Then I asked her why that happened and she thought I challenged the ball, which I have no problem admitting if I challenged a call.

“Then she went with it and I had no challenges left.  It’s not a big deal, but, I mean, I have no problem admitting if I challenged a call.  I’m not sure why she wouldn’t believe me if I wasn’t challenging it actually.  But I guess I was giving, you know, the hand gesture just because I had the out call from the sidelines rather than from the line judge.

“She says that the crowd has nothing to do with the match.  And, yes, he did call the ball out before the line judge did, but that’s just external interference and that has nothing to do.  Just have to keep playing, which is fine.

“And then she thought by doing that I was challenging the call, so…”

As for her opponent, Sharapova said: “I think if she played at this level for a consistent period of time I don’t think she’d be a qualifier here.  I think that’s pretty obvious for everyone in this room.

“But that’s the thing with tennis, is that ‑‑ and I have said it so many times ‑‑ you’ve got to bring this type of tennis when you’re playing on center court or when you’re playing on Court 18.  And especially when you’re just moving up and when you’re just getting that confidence and you’re playing well in Grand Slams, you’ve got to back it up.

“It’s a big challenge.  It really is.  Consistency is a big factor.  But if she keeps it up, I mean, if she can play like that on a consistent basis, I mean, she will be a good player.”

Giorgi also commented about her consistency in order for her to be a seeded player at events down the line.

“I think so I need to keep going, to play tournaments and be more consistent, to play more, because last year wasn’t like this for problems, injury.

“But I think is more important to play many matches and get to be with these kind of matches that will help lot to my game.

“I was trying to just play my game, and maybe I accelerate more than the other set.  I just play more aggressive.  I think this was the point.”

Sharapova will see her ranking fall to No. 7 and possibly to No. 8 if Petra Kvitova makes the quarterfinals.

Giorgi will play countrywoman Flavia Pennetta in the round of 16.

More to follow…..

 

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Wawrinka Dominates, Federer, Li Also Advance

 

 

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(March 10, 2014) INDIAN WELLS – Australian Open Men’s champion Stanislas Wawrinka dominated Andreas Seppi 6-0, 6-2 in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday.

“Today was amazing match,” said the world No. 3.  “Can’t complain.  “Playing that great, it’s good.  That level, depends a little bit who you play, but I’m really, really happy with my match today.

“I’m moving really well, and every time I can play aggressive it makes a difference.”

Asked if he plays to reach No. 1, the top Swiss player said:

“No.  I’m too far away from No. 1.  I’m really far.  Look at the ranking.  Look at Rafa and Novak are there since many years.  They are winning minimum two Grand Slam a year, making final, semifinal, winning Masters 1000.

“But I know my level.  I know that I can play great tennis this year.  I never won a 500.  Never won a 1000 tournament.

“We’ll see.  I’m not thinking at all to be No. 1.  I’m just trying to improve, trying to win every match.  We will see.  I’m not expecting to win a Grand Slam but I did it, so anything can happen.”

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Swiss No. 2 Roger Federer needed to win a pair of tiebreaks to stop Dmitri Tusunov, closing the match out with an ace.

Federer said that he’s having a better year this year.

“I feel different this year,” Federer said. “Now I feel like I’m in a good place. Zen on the court. Even if I won 6 and 6 today, I just feel like I was calm. Those are the moments where you feel there is confidence around somewhere.”

Federer changed to a new racquet with a bigger head this year and the 17-time major champion updated the press corps o how he feels about it.

“It’s good.  I’m very happy.  I mean, I’m not really thinking of it, so that’s a major step in the right direction.  That’s the best you can ask for when you change racquets.

“Then you hope that success follows.  That’s happened, too.  That’s why basically ‑‑ I had a meeting with Wilson this week looking to see if there is any small changes coming up or if that’s how I’m going to keep it right now.

“So we’re just looking to see what’s going to happen the next sort of month or so.  I’m really happy about how it’s playing, how it’s given me extra power, easier power, just easier to play with it day in and day out.  And I think have the spin necessarily, but have the control there, too.

“I must say I’m overall very happy, and it’s exciting to play with a new racquet after so many years.”

 

Li Na

Li Na

Top seed Li Na defeated Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-4 to reach the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open.

“At least I can win the last point, and still, how do you say, stay on tournament,” Li said.

“You know, always tough, because first time to be the top seed in a big tournament and never have, how do you say, experience before.

“So it’s very tough to hang in there, especial beginning the tournament start.”

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Andy Murray Survives Jiri Vesely in Error-Filled Match

Andy Murray

Andy Murray

(March 10, 2014) INDIAN WELLS – In an error-strewn match, Andy Murray survived No. 77 ranked Jiri Vesely 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4 on Monday at the BNP Paribas Open.

“Well, the match was a frustrating match.” Said Scot.  “Whether it was the beginning or the end, it was that sort of match where at no stage did either of us play well at the same time.

“You know, I started the match well; he started off the match badly.  He missed a lot of easy shots, and then he started playing consistent, not making errors, and I started missing.

“And, yeah, it was just one of those matches where there wasn’t one period where I thought that, you know, the level of tennis from both of us was high at the same time.

“That can create a lot of breaks and a lot of sort of back and forth swings in the match.

“Yeah.  It wasn’t just the start of the match that was frustrating.  The whole match was.

Playing the 20-year-old Czech for the first time, the fifth seed had 47 of the total 99 errors in the 2 hours and 47 minute match. He was forced to rebound from a break down in each of the last two sets. Both men combined for 32 break points and 14 breaks of serve.

For Vesely who is the youngest in the top 100 of the ATP Tour, he was playing in his first Masters 1000 event.

Jiri Vesely

Jiri Vesely

“I would like to make the game balls that I had in the second and also in the third set, but I was a break up and I was in the second set leading 40‑15 on my serve and the third set I had advantage.

“Maybe if I would use one of these chances maybe I would finish the match.  But, you know, Andy is just a big fighter and he’s guy top 10 which deserves to win.

“So, yeah, just need to take all the positive things from the match and try to keep working hard on myself.

“I was really struggling with myself,” Vesely continued.  “I mean, after I won the first set, which was really exciting for me, and getting the early break in the second set, I just felt really chance to beat this guy until 4‑2 in both sets, second and third, I was playing good without any mistakes.

“But then I always got a little bit tight, and I just felt the chance that I really can beat him.  I think that was maybe the one thing that was painful then in the end.”

“The most important thing today was that I won,” Murray said.  Yeah, I wasn’t happy with the way that I played.

“And, yeah, that’s ‑‑ I mean, it’s kind of days like that where, you know, I could have lost the match and you don’t get an opportunity until Miami to play better or to improve some things.

“Yeah, it’s good to have the chance to play another match here and hopefully put in a better performance.

“It was a very hard match, said Vesely.  “I feel right now physically very tired.  Of course it hurts.”

Murray moves on to play Milos Raonic for a place in the quarterfinals.

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BNP Paribas Open – Sunday’s Results, Monday’s Schedule

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BNP PARIBAS OPEN – INDIAN WELLS, USA
USD 6,169,040.00 (ATP)
USD 5,946,740.00 (WTA)
3-16 MARCH 2014

RESULTS – MARCH 09, 2014
Men’s
Singles – Second Round
[2] N Djokovic (SRB) d V Hanescu (ROU) 76(1) 62
R Bautista Agut (ESP) d [4] T Berdych (CZE) 46 62 64
[8] R Gasquet (FRA) d T Gabashvili (RUS) 60 20 Retired
J Benneteau (FRA) d [9] J Tsonga (FRA) 64 64
[12] J Isner (USA) d N Davydenko (RUS) 76(5) 63
[15] G Dimitrov (BUL) d R Haase (NED) 64 63
[16] T Robredo (ESP) d M Matosevic (AUS) 76(6) 57 64
[20] E Gulbis (LAT) d J Sousa (POR) 63 63
[Q] D Thiem (AUT) d [21] G Simon (FRA) 76(5) 62
Y Lu (TPE) d [22] P Kohlschreiber (GER) 62 62
[24] M Cilic (CRO) d [Q] P Lorenzi (ITA) 62 62
M Kukushkin (KAZ) d [25] V Pospisil (CAN) 60 62
J Nieminen (FIN) d [26] F Mayer (GER) 62 10 Retired
[30] F Verdasco (ESP) d H Zeballos (ARG) 75 75
A Gonzalez (COL) d [31] I Dodig (CRO) 64 26 76(5)
F Lopez (ESP) d [LL] J Ward (GBR) 36 62 64

Men’s
Doubles – Second Round
[2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) d J Marray (GBR) / A Murray (GBR) 76(1) 63
First Round
[4] L Paes (IND) / R Stepanek (CZE) d J Janowicz (POL) / P Kohlschreiber (GER) 76(6) 36 10-5
[8] L Kubot (POL) / R Lindstedt (SWE) d F Lopez (ESP) / T Robredo (ESP) 64 36 10-7
[PR] C Fleming (GBR) / R Hutchins (GBR) d J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU) 57 76(4) 10-8
J Isner (USA) / S Querrey (USA) d J Chardy (FRA) / G Simon (FRA) 75 62

Women’s
Singles – Third Round
[2] A Radwanska (POL) d A Beck (GER) 60 60
[6] S Halep (ROU) d [26] L Safarova (CZE) 62 46 64
[7] J Jankovic (SRB) d [31] M Rybarikova (SVK) 63 62
[18] E Bouchard (CAN) d [9] S Errani (ITA) 63 63
[10] C Wozniacki (DEN) d [Q] Y Shvedova (KAZ) 76(7) 36 61
[Q] C Dellacqua (AUS) d [13] R Vinci (ITA) 46 64 63
[22] A Cornet (FRA) d [14] C Suarez Navarro (ESP) 67(4) 75 63
L Davis (USA) d V Lepchenko (USA) 63 62

Women’s
Doubles – Second Round
[1] S Hsieh (TPE) / S Peng (CHN) d [PR] A Kleybanova (RUS) / A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 61 62
[2] E Makarova (RUS) / E Vesnina (RUS) d J Goerges (GER) / A Groenefeld (GER) 63 64
[WC] S Kuznetsova (RUS) / S Stosur (AUS) d A Medina Garrigues (ESP) / Y Shvedova (KAZ) 75 61
K Date-Krumm (JPN) / B Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) d K Mladenovic (FRA) / F Pennetta (ITA) 67(5) 62 10-5

ORDER OF PLAY – MONDAY, MARCH 10, 2014
STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – [1] N Li (CHN) vs K Pliskova (CZE)
ATP – [27] D Tursunov (RUS) vs [7] R Federer (SUI)

Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA – [4] M Sharapova (RUS) vs [Q] C Giorgi (ITA)
ATP – [1] R Nadal (ESP) vs [28] A Dolgopolov (UKR)

Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – [11] A Ivanovic (SRB) vs [17] S Stephens (USA)

Not Before 8:30 pm
ATP – [11] T Haas (GER) vs [19] K Nishikori (JPN)

STADIUM 2 start 11:00 am
ATP – J Vesely (CZE) vs [5] A Murray (GBR)
ATP – [23] G Monfils (FRA) vs [13] F Fognini (ITA)
ATP – [3] S Wawrinka (SUI) vs [29] A Seppi (ITA)
WTA – [27] S Kuznetsova (RUS) vs [8] P Kvitova (CZE)

Not Before 5:00 pm
WTA – [12] D Cibulkova (SVK) vs [23] E Makarova (RUS)
ATP – R Federer (SUI) / S Wawrinka (SUI) vs E Gulbis (LAT) / M Raonic (CAN)

STADIUM 3 start 11:00 am
WTA – [21] A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs A Wozniak (CAN)

Not Before 12:30 pm
WTA – [20] F Pennetta (ITA) vs [16] S Stosur (AUS)
ATP – [10] M Raonic (CAN) vs A Falla (COL)
ATP – [17] K Anderson (RSA) vs [LL] E Donskoy (RUS)
WTA – A Kleybanova (RUS) vs M Torro-Flor (ESP)

STADIUM 4 start 11:00 am
WTA – M Erakovic (NZL) / P Martic (CRO) vs [4] K Peschke (CZE) / K Srebotnik (SLO)
ATP – [3] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) vs [PR] C Fleming (GBR) / R Hutchins (GBR)
ATP – [5] D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) vs T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR)
ATP – J Isner (USA) / S Querrey (USA) vs [8] L Kubot (POL) / R Lindstedt (SWE)

STADIUM 6 start 12:00 noon
WTA – [8] L Hradecka (CZE) / J Zheng (CHN) vs V Dushevina (RUS) / M Lucic-Baroni (CRO)
ATP – [WC] J Erlich (ISR) / R Gasquet (FRA) vs [4] L Paes (IND) / R Stepanek (CZE)
ATP – N Mahut (FRA) / J Tsonga (FRA) vs [7] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB)

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