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Doubles Delight in the Desert – Part 2

Bryan Brothers

By Jennifer Knapp

(March 13, 2013) INDIAN WELLS, California – After such an exciting day of doubles on Saturday I continued my quest to make it to as many ATP doubles matches at this year’s BNP Paribas Open as possible and thankfully, both Monday and schedule made it much easier to achieve my objective as I took in another  exciting matches.

 

On Monday, the first match I watched was James Blake and Mardy Fish taking on Feliciano López and Milos Raonic.  The match, originally scheduled for the 2200 seat Court 7, was moved into the main stadium shortly after the news of Leonardo Mayer’s withdrawal due to back injury and Rafael Nadal’s walkover victory. Needless to say, fans numbered 2201 and above were as the stadium was easily three-quarters full with a lively and primarily pro-USA crowd.   While Blake and Fish were equally as strong and in sync as they had been in their previous match, López and Raonic were not. It was López’s serve that was broken in each set but Raonic’s unforced errors contributed to each of the breaks.  Blake and Fish gave the crowd what they wanted as they advanced to the next round 6-3, 6-2 when López defaulted on match point.

 

A few hours later is was time for the next match on my agenda – number one seeds Bob and Mike Bryan versus friends and Davis Cup teammates, John Isner and Sam Querrey.  There was very little chance that this wouldn’t be a very exciting match and needless to say, there was an empty seat in the house, in fact, the lines outside the stands were the longest I’ve seen so far this week.   Interesting statistic about the Bryan’s Brothers and their record in the desert:  despite all of their success in other tournaments, including slams and the Olympics, they have never won the BNP Paribas Doubles’ title, making the finals only twice in the past 10 years (2003 & 2006).  Isner and Querrey made the final last year, losing to Marc López & Rafael Nadal.   The entire match was filled with amazing shot making and entertaining interaction amongst the players.  Isner & Querrey were formidable opponents but the experience and skill level of the Bryan’s proved to provide the upper hand when it mattered as they won the match 6-3, 6-3.  Always the showmen, the Bryan’s thank everyone in the stands for their unwavering support and proceeded to hit a few cans worth of tennis balls into the eagerly awaiting fans. Think I saw a few wristbands and towels being tossed out as well.

 

Less than 10 minutes after the Bryan’s left the court, the announcer was back on the microphone introducing the next competitors – the British team of Andy and Jamie Murray versus the Philippines’ Treat Huey and Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz, the latter two both making their debut in Indian Wells.  The Murray brothers, fresh of their first round victory over fifth seeds Robert Lindstedt and Nenad Zimonjic were looking to extend their streak but it wasn’t meant to be. The combination of Janowicz’s serves and Huey’s agility and ability to chase just about any shot down were a little too much for the Brits despite some absolutely fabulous shots. Huey and Janowicz with the win. 6-3, 7-5.

 

With that third and final doubles match, my Monday was done!

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BNP Paribas Open – Tuesday Results, Wednesday Schedule

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BNP PARIBAS OPEN
Indian Wells, CA, USA
March 6-17, 2013
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Tuesday, March 12, 2013
WTA Singles – Fourth Round
(1) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Urszula Radwanska (POL) 63 61
(2) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) 75 60
(13) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. (3) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 61 46 75
(4) Angelique Kerber (GER) d. (Q) Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) 64 75
(5) Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. (19) Klara Zakopalova (CZE) 62 63
(6) Sara Errani (ITA) d. (9) Marion Bartoli (FRA) 63 62
(7) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. (24) Mona Barthel (GER) 46 62 63
(8) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. (10) Nadia Petrova (RUS) 76(3) 63

WTA Doubles – Quarterfinals
(4) Makarova/Vesnina (RUS/RUS) d. Chan/Husarova (TPE/SVK) 76(3) 46 107 (Match TB)
Date-Krumm/Dellacqua (JPN/AUS) d. Dushevina/Panova (RUS/RUS) 62 64

ATP Singles – Third Round
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) d [31] G Dimitrov (BUL) 76(4) 61
[3] A Murray (GBR) d Y Lu (TPE) 63 62
[7] J Del Potro (ARG) d B Phau (GER) 62 75
[8] J Tsonga (FRA) d [32] M Fish (USA) 76(4) 76(0)
[19] T Haas (GER) d [11] N Almagro (ESP) 63 67(2) 76(2) – Saved 1 M.P.
[17] M Raonic (CAN) d [12] M Cilic (CRO) 36 64 63
C Berlocq (ARG) d [16] K Nishikori (JPN) 62 62
[23] S Querrey (USA) d M Matosevic (AUS) 76(5) 67(7) 75

ATP Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d L Kubot (POL) / J Tipsarevic (SRB) 67(4) 64 10-7

ATP Doubles – Second Round
A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) d [2] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) 63 62
I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) d G Dimitrov (BUL) / F Nielsen (DEN) 67(1) 61 10-8
C Fleming (GBR) / P Hanley (AUS) d [Alt] P Andujar (ESP) / D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 63 62

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 13 MARCH, 2013

STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
[13] G Simon (FRA) vs K Anderson (RSA) – ATP

Not Before 1:30 PM
[5] P Kvitova (CZE) vs [13] M Kirilenko (RUS) – WTA
[18] S Wawrinka (SUI) vs [2] R Federer (SUI) – ATP
[5] R Nadal (ESP) vs [Q] E Gulbis (LAT) – ATP

Not Before 7:00 PM
[6] S Errani (ITA) vs [2] M Sharapova (RUS) – WTA

Not Before 8:30 PM
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs [23] S Querrey (USA) – ATP

STADIUM 2 start 11:00 am
T Huey (PHI) / J Janowicz (POL) vs [WC] J Blake (USA) / M Fish (USA) – ATP
[17] M Raonic (CAN) vs [8] J Tsonga (FRA) – ATP
[6] T Berdych (CZE) vs [10] R Gasquet (FRA) – ATP

Not Before 5:00 PM
[3] A Murray (GBR) vs C Berlocq (ARG) – ATP
[19] T Haas (GER) vs [7] J Del Potro (ARG) – ATP

STADIUM 3 start 2:00 pm
[3] N Petrova (RUS) / K Srebotnik (SLO) vs [6] N Llagostera Vives (ESP) / J Zheng (CHN) – WTA

Not Before 4:00 PM
S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) vs I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) – ATP
S Hsieh (TPE) / S Peng (CHN) vs D Hantuchova (SVK) / A Medina Garrigues (ESP) – WTA
C Fleming (GBR) / P Hanley (AUS) vs A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) – ATP

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Djokovic Win Streak up to 20: Faces Last Man to Beat Him – Querrey Next

Novak Djokovic at BNP Paribas Open players' party

 

(March 12, 2013) Novak Djokovic‘s win streak has hit 20 dating back to October 2012 with his 7-6 (4), 6-1 victory over Grigor Dimitrov to reach the round of 16 at the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday in Indian Wells, California.

The World No. 1 was forced to come back from a 2-5 deficit in the first set when Dimitrov’s serve began to fail. The Bulgarian hit 6 double faults including 4 in one game.

Djokovic moves on to play Sam Querrey, the last man to beat him back on October 31. Querrey beat Marinko Matosevic 7-6 (5), 6-7 (7), 7-5.

“It’s been a long time, Djokovic said. “It’s been a few months and I played a few tournaments since then.  So, you know, I don’t think it’s going to affect me negatively in a psychological way.

“I won four, five times against him.  Yes, he has won the last encounter indoors.  Different circumstances and conditions.  So we’ll see, you know.

“I mean, we’ll play in front of his crowd and he has a big serve and big game and he can come up with the goods when needed.  He loves to play also on a big stage.  We’ll see, you know.

“I don’t know if we’re going to play day or night match, and that’s going to also make a little difference.

“During the night it’s a bit slower, so we’ll see how that goes.  I will need to definitely start better than I have done today, and try to step into the court a little bit more.”

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“It was tough,” Querrey said of the match versus Matosevic.  “Last couple of weeks those are the matches that I lost.  It feels great to get through it.

“You know, there was four breaks to start the third set there, and, you know, I was glad I just battled through it.  I didn’t feel I played unbelievable, but I just stuck around, stuck around, got a break at 5‑All, and then closed it out with some good serves.

“So I was really happy, and I feel like I can only play better than that in my next round.”

Querrey spoke about playing Djokovic next; “I’m just going to hopefully play well, hopefully be aggressive, hopefully on those break points, deuce points, you know, have some balls go my way.

“I’m going to try and just enjoy it out there.”

“He does everything really well:  Unbelievable forehand; unbelievable backhand; moves around the court great; returns great.  It’s tough to pick on something.

“I might have to go outside of my comfort zone a little bit and do things I don’t like to do, and hopefully it will pay off for me.

With John Isner’s early loss, Querrey will become the top-ranked American man when the next rankings come out.

“It means a lot,” Querrey said.  It’s a great feeling.  I feel like I have worked hard to earn it.  Everyone seems like they’ve got their shot with Andy and Mardy and James and John, and so I feel like it’s my turn now.

“But, you know, those guys are right on my heels and we will keep pushing each other.  I know they want it, too.  Hopefully we will just keep pushing each other and we can all keep moving up the rankings.”

Djokovic has a 4-1 record against Querrey.

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Doubles Delight in the Desert – Part 1

Murray Murray

By Jennifer Knapp

INDIAN WELLS, California -The BNP Paribas Open has a long-standing reputation amongst other tournaments, fans, media, etc. for fantastic ATP doubles fields year after year.  It’s a place where you are apt to see many of the top ranked men’s singles players pairing up with friends and or fellow countrymen along with the top doubles specialists in the world – something for everyone.  The fact that most of the matches are played on the smaller show courts gives the ever passionate crowd the opportunity to see some of their favorite players up close and personal – and that is worth the sometimes very long lines to secure a coveted seat in the stands.

 

As a long-time attendee of the tournament, I have seen some absolutely amazing doubles over the years and I made a conscious decision this year to watch as many matches as I could manage to fit in while I was in town. Seeing that Saturday’s doubles’ schedule on Court 7 included such names as Andy Murray, Milos Raonic, James Blake and Mardy Fish, I made that my destination and knew that once I found a seat, I was committed for the afternoon.  Thankfully the one I found was in the shade.  Just for the record, Court 7 with a capacity of 2,200 was packed the entire afternoon and the only way to get in was for someone to come out.  No joke.

 

First up was Feliciano López and Milos Raonic versus 3rd seeds Mahesh Bhupathi  and Daniel Nestor. López and Raonic teamed up in the desert for the first time in 2011 but did not compete last year. Bhupathi and Nestor, a newly formed partnership this year are both former number ones and Nestor, the oldest player in the tournament at 40, is a 4-time winner (2006, 2005, 2002 & 1996) with Mark Knowles. Powerful serves versus experience and finesse.   And neither team disappointed with only one break of serve in the entire match.  The energetic crowd clearly appreciated the level of tennis being played on court and were absolutely mesmerized by Raonic’s multiple 140+ mph serves which included a 144 that was nearly impossible to see.  Bhupathi and Nestor’s reaction was priceless as they held their hands up to the sky, smiled and shook their heads.   Lopez’s strong serving (he and Raonic combined for 15 aces) and net play definitely made a difference in the score lines they won the match 6-4, 7-6(4)

 

Anyone standing in line that thought they would be able to get seat in-between matches was quickly disappointed as the packed crowd was anxiously awaiting the next match featuring Andy Murray and Jamie Murray versus the 5th seeds, Robert Lindstedt and Nenad Zimonjic  (another new partnership in 2013). It was Andy’s first hard court match since the Australian Open and the crowd was anxious to see the 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist and U.S. Open Champion up close and personal.  On paper, Lindstedt and Zimonjic were clearly the stronger pair with 64 doubles titles between them but on court, it was a different story. Another seeded team goes down in the first round as the Murray brothers end up on top, 6-4, 4-6, 10-4.

 

Andy took some time after the match to sign quite a few autographs.  I have to say that seeing the total exuberance on the children’s faces after he signed their ball, ticket or program was absolutely precious.  The Indian Wells tournament is also known for providing fans with better access to the players and the smaller courts are the best place to capitalize.

 

Up next were local fan favorites and long-time friends James Blake and Mardy Fish (in his first match after 182 days off tour) taking on the Spanish pair of David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco who are fresh off of 5 tour titles together in 2012.  Mardy and James took control of the match early and it was clear that they were comfortable on the court together.  With the majority of the full-to-capacity crowd behind them, they cruised to a somewhat routine win 6-4, 6-4.  It was so great to see both of them healthy and back on the court in Indian Wells.

 

So, after 3 matches and about 5 hours, my time on Court 7 was done for the day.  Without a doubt, it was worth every single minute! One day down, four to go.

 

On a side note – check out this great video that the BNP Paribas Open team shot with Robert and Nenad a few days ago…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jp5-_G9D5o

Jennifer Knapp is covering the BNP Paribas Open for Tennis Panorama News. Follow the updates on twitter at @TennisNewsTPN.

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BNP Paribas Open – Monday Results, Tuesday Schedule

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BNP PARIBAS OPEN
Indian Wells, CA, USA
March 6-17, 2013
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Monday, March 11, 2013
WTA Singles – Third Round
(1) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. (28) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 36 63 60
(4) Angelique Kerber (GER) d. (30) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 61 76(4)
(7) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. (32) Peng Shuai (CHN) 63 36 62
(8) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. (29) Elena Vesnina (RUS) 62 61
(10) Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. (21) Julia Goerges (GER) 61 62
(24) Mona Barthel (GER) d. (11) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 61 36 60
Urszula Radwanska (POL) d. Jamie Hampton (USA) 60 76(4)
(Q) Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) d. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 64 60

WTA Doubles – Second round
(6) Llagostera Vives/Zheng (ESP/CHN) d. Begu/Rosolska (ROU/POL) 76 (2) 63
Hantuchova/Medina Garrigues (SVK/ESP) d. Black/Rodionova (ZIM/AUS) 61 63
Chan/Husarova (TPE/SVK) d. Erakovic/Watson (NZL/GBR) 46 63 105 (Match TB)

ATP Singles – Third Round
[2] R Federer (SUI) d I Dodig (CRO) 63 61
[5] R Nadal (ESP) d L Mayer (ARG) w/o (back)
[6] T Berdych (CZE) d [27] F Mayer (GER) 64 61
[10] R Gasquet (FRA) d [24] J Janowicz (POL) 61 64
[13] G Simon (FRA) d B Paire (FRA) 36 76(5) 64
[18] S Wawrinka (SUI) d L Hewitt (AUS) 64 75
[Q] E Gulbis (LAT) d [20] A Seppi (ITA) 57 63 64
K Anderson (RSA) d J Nieminen (FIN) 63 61

ATP Doubles – Second Round
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d J Isner (USA) / S Querrey (USA) 63 63
L Kubot (POL) / J Tipsarevic (SRB) d J Benneteau (FRA) / R Gasquet (FRA) 62 62
S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) d J Cabal (COL) / F Mayer (GER) 64 64
T Huey (PHI) / J Janowicz (POL) d [WC] A Murray (GBR) / J Murray (GBR) 63 75
[WC] J Blake (USA) / M Fish (USA) d F Lopez (ESP) / M Raonic (CAN) 63 63

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 12 MARCH, 2013

STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
[32] M Fish (USA) vs [8] J Tsonga (FRA) – ATP

Not Before 1:00 PM
L Arruabarrena-Vecino (ESP) vs [2] M Sharapova (RUS) – WTA
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs [31] G Dimitrov (BUL) – ATP

Not Before 4:30 PM
[1] V Azarenka (BLR) vs U Radwanska (POL) – WTA

Not Before 7:00 PM
[3] A Murray (GBR) vs Y Lu (TPE) – ATP

Not Before 8:30 PM
[10] N Petrova (RUS) vs [8] C Wozniacki (DEN) – WTA

STADIUM 2 start 11:00 am
[6] S Errani (ITA) vs [9] M Bartoli (FRA) – WTA
[23] S Querrey (USA) vs M Matosevic (AUS) – ATP
C Berlocq (ARG) vs [16] K Nishikori (JPN) – ATP
B Phau (GER) vs [7] J Del Potro (ARG) – ATP
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs L Kubot (POL) / J Tipsarevic (SRB) – ATP
A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) vs [2] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) – ATP

STADIUM 3 start 11:00 am
[12] M Cilic (CRO) vs [17] M Raonic (CAN) – ATP
[11] N Almagro (ESP) vs [19] T Haas (GER) – ATP
[13] M Kirilenko (RUS) vs [3] A Radwanska (POL) – WTA

Not Before 4:30 PM
[24] M Barthel (GER) vs [7] S Stosur (AUS) – WTA
[4] A Kerber (GER) vs [Q] G Muguruza (ESP) – WTA
I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) vs G Dimitrov (BUL) / F Nielsen (DEN) – After Suitable Rest

COURT 7 start 11:00 am
K Date-Krumm (JPN) / C Dellacqua (AUS) vs V Dushevina (RUS) / A Panova (RUS) – WTA
[5] P Kvitova (CZE) vs [19] K Zakopalova (CZE) – WTA
H Chan (TPE) / J Husarova (SVK) vs [4] E Makarova (RUS) / E Vesnina (RUS) – WTA
[Alt] P Andujar (ESP) / D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) vs C Fleming (GBR) / P Hanley (AUS) – ATP

 

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Stosur Building Confidence, Comes Back to Beat Peng

Sam Stosur interview

By Curt Janka

(March 11, 2013) INDIAN WELLS, California – Sam Stosur had to dig deep and come from behind in the third set to beat Shuai Peng 6-3, 3-6, 6-2. Peng may have been a familiar opponent, but the match was much more tightly contested than their lopsided head-to-head record would suggest. Stosur has now beaten Peng all 5 times they have met.

Sam Stosur

Sam Stosur

Asked if her previous record against Peng helped when the match was close, Stosur responded “Not necessarily, but I guess knowing that in the back of your head it does give you a little bit of comfort knowing that, ok, I’ve had success against her. There’s something about my game she doesn’t like and if I can get back to that then I’m in with a good shot.” However, she also added “You’ve got to stay focused on the match at hand. Having won those four doesn’t mean you’re going to win five.”

That was certainly true today when Peng upped her level of play in the second set, grabbing an early lead. Stosur fought her way close to breaking back, but couldn’t convert against her determined opponent.

Shuai Peng

Shuai Peng

Again in the third set, Stosur found herself down an early break. “When I lost serve early in that third, I knew that I really had to step it up,” she said. “I wasn’t playing bad, but I probably wasn’t doing enough. Then I played two really good games to get back on track, and then those last four, which I was really happy with.”

Stosur next faces the winner of a later match between Ana Ivanovic and Mona Barthel. Asked who she would prefer to play, Stosur said, “I’ve played Ana quite a few times—had some success, had some close matches—but I’ve never played Mona. I know Ana very well, I don’t know Mona so much, so I’ll take a little bit of a look at that one.”

Over Stosur’s career, her wins seem to come in patches when her confidence is elevated. This year got off to a rocky start, but it appears that she is starting to accrue confidence, reaching the quarterfinals in Doha and Dubai. The setting here in Indian Wells also seems to add to her comfort level.

“I do feel like I’m in a good spot at the moment. I feel like the conditions here suit my game. I’ve made it to the semis here one time. I do feel like I’ve played really good matches here and I’ve won the doubles as well. I think getting through a mach like today is really important for me.”

On the topic of doubles, Stosur was in that draw as well this year, playing with Lisa Raymond, until they ran into her countrywoman Casey Dellacqua. Asked what it was like losing to another Aussie, Stosur smiled wide and said, “I’m disappointed to lose not matter who I’m playing, but I guess if it’s Case, and she can go through, hopefully they can do very well.”

Stosur didn’t have a steady doubles partner lined up at the beginning of the year, but  she said, “Lisa’s partner that she was signed up with pulled out after Australia, so I said that I would play the Middle East, here and Miami. Now actually we’re going to go through and play the Slams together and a few other events. We’ll play a little bit more and hopefully we can do well.”

More wins in doubles could only add to her growing confidence in singles and bodes well for the rest of the season.

While it was a little cooler here earlier in the week, today was hot and sunny, which seems to be Stosur’s preference. Since spring is almost underway here and summer is just ending back in her Australian home, does she ever get to experience the winter season?

“I don’t typically like the cold too much,” Stosur laughed. “Tennis players follow the summer around the world. This is a really nice part of the year at home in Australia that I’m never home to experience, but this isn’t too bad either.”

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BNP Paribas Open – Sunday Results, Monday Schedule

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BNP PARIBAS OPEN
Indian Wells, CA, USA
March 6-17, 2013
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Sunday, March 10, 2013
WTA Singles – Third Round
(2) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. (25) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) 75 63
(3) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. (27) Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 67(3) 63 64
(5) Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. (Q) Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 62 76(5)
(6) Sara Errani (ITA) d. Johanna Larsson (SWE) 63 61
(9) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 64 63
(19) Klara Zakopalova (CZE) d. (12) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 64 75
(13) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. (Q) Mallory Burdette (USA) 63 46 62
Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino (ESP) d. (14) Roberta Vinci (ITA) 26 64 64

WTA Doubles – Second Round
(3) Petrova/Srebotnik (RUS/SLO) d. (WC) Jankovic/Lucic-Baroni (SRB/CRO) 62 76(4)
(4) Makarova/Vesnina (RUS/RUS) d. Goerges/Shvedova (GER/KAZ) 62 76(4)
Date-Krumm/Dellacqua (JPN/AUS) d. Raymond/Stosur (USA/AUS) 61 46 106 (Match TB)

ATP Singles – Second Round
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) d F Fognini (ITA) 60 57 62
[3] A Murray (GBR) d E Donskoy (RUS) 57 62 62
[7] J Del Potro (ARG) d N Davydenko (RUS) 63 64
[8] J Tsonga (FRA) d [WC] J Blake (USA) 76(6) 64
[11] N Almagro (ESP) d D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 75 61
[12] M Cilic (CRO) d A Ramos (ESP) 76(7) 62
M Matosevic (AUS) d [14] J Monaco (ARG) 75 60
[16] K Nishikori (JPN) d [Q] P Petzschner (GER) 63 62
[19] T Haas (GER) d P Andujar (ESP) 63 76(0)
C Berlocq (ARG) d [22] A Dolgopolov (UKR) 63 67(5) 63
[23] S Querrey (USA) d [Q] I Karlovic (CRO) 63 64
B Phau (GER) d [25] J Chardy (FRA) 62 26 64
Y Lu (TPE) d [26] M Klizan (SVK) 76(5) 76(5)
[31] G Dimitrov (BUL) d [Q] M Ebden (AUS) 64 64
[32] M Fish (USA) d [Q] B Reynolds (USA) 63 36 64

ATP Doubles – First Round
J Benneteau (FRA) / R Gasquet (FRA) d [8] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) 64 76(4)
J Cabal (COL) / F Mayer (GER) d M Klizan (SVK) / A Seppi (ITA) 62 64
T Huey (PHI) / J Janowicz (POL) d [Alt] V Hanescu (ROU) / F Moser (GER) 64 64
[Alt] P Andujar (ESP) / D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) d B Paire (FRA) / S Wawrinka (SUI) 46 62 10-8
A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) d R Haase (NED) / G Simon (FRA) 62 62

SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 11 MARCH, 2013

STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
[4] A Kerber (GER) vs [30] Y Wickmayer (BEL) – WTA
[5] R Nadal (ESP) vs L Mayer (ARG) – ATP

Not Before 2:30 PM
[29] E Vesnina (RUS) vs [8] C Wozniacki (DEN) – WTA
I Dodig (CRO) vs [2] R Federer (SUI) – ATP

Not Before 7:00 PM
[1] V Azarenka (BLR) vs [28] K Flipkens (BEL) – WTA

Not Before 8:30 PM
L Hewitt (AUS) vs [18] S Wawrinka (SUI) – ATP

STADIUM 2 start 11:00 am
J Nieminen (FIN) vs K Anderson (RSA) – ATP
[20] A Seppi (ITA) vs [Q] E Gulbis (LAT) – ATP
[6] T Berdych (CZE) vs [27] F Mayer (GER) – ATP

Not Before 5:00 PM
[11] A Ivanovic (SRB) vs [24] M Barthel (GER) – WTA
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs J Isner (USA) / S Querrey (USA) – ATP
[WC] A Murray (GBR) / J Murray (GBR) vs T Huey (PHI) / J Janowicz (POL) – ATP

STADIUM 3 start 11:00 am
[10] N Petrova (RUS) vs [21] J Goerges (GER) – WTA
[32] S Peng (CHN) vs [7] S Stosur (AUS) – WTA
[24] J Janowicz (POL) vs [10] R Gasquet (FRA) – ATP
[13] G Simon (FRA) vs B Paire (FRA) – ATP
J Hampton (USA) vs U Radwanska (POL) – WTA

COURT 7 start 11:00 am
[Q] G Muguruza (ESP) vs M Rybarikova (SVK) – WTA
C Black (ZIM) / A Rodionova (AUS) vs D Hantuchova (SVK) / A Medina Garrigues (ESP) – WTA
[WC] J Blake (USA) / M Fish (USA) vs F Lopez (ESP) / M Raonic (CAN) – ATP

Not Before 5:00 PM
L Kubot (POL) / J Tipsarevic (SRB) vs J Benneteau (FRA) / R Gasquet (FRA) – ATP – After Suitable Rest

COURT 8 start 11:00 am
M Erakovic (NZL) / H Watson (GBR) vs H Chan (TPE) / J Husarova (SVK) – WTA
I Begu (ROU) / A Rosolska (POL) vs [6] N Llagostera Vives (ESP) / J Zheng (CHN) – WTA

Not Before 5:00 PM
S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) vs J Cabal (COL) / F Mayer (GER) – ATP – After Suitable Rest

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Del Potro Starts Slowly, Eases Past Davydenko

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By Curt Janka

(March 10, 2013) INDIAN WELLS, California – Nikolay Davydenko can be a dangerous floater in any draw, but that worry never seemed to occur to a nonplussed Juan Martin Del Potro as the Argentine casually notched a 6-3, 6-4 win. Despite conceding a break at the beginning of both sets, Del Potro hardly appeared concerned as he gradually wore down the defenses of Davydenko.

Del Potro looked downright sluggish at the opening of the match and quickly found himself trailing 0-2. The crowd didn’t gasp at a booming Del Potro forehand until the seventh game, and that one was out.  Still, for the stretches of the match that Del Potro reined in his errors, he was able to force his opponent to start missing.

Looking ahead in the brackets, he will need to get in gear more quickly against the likes of Nicolas Almagro, should they meet in the quarterfinals.

Similarly, Marin Cilic looked unfazed by Albert Ramos in their earlier match. The opening set was tightly contested, but the second set quickly got away from Ramos as Cilic walked away with a 7-6(7), 6-2 win. Neither player faced a break point until the second set. Then Cilic earned two consecutive breaks to secure an insurmountable lead.

Throughout their match, Cilic played safe, but deep balls while it was Ramos going for the bigger shots, win or lose. In the end, Ramos was hitting more errors than winners. Cilic was content to punch his time card and advance to the next round where he will face a tougher opponent in Milos Raonic.

Curt Janka is covering the BNP Paribas Open for Tennis Panorama News. Follow his tournament updates @TennisNewsTPN. Follow his personal twitter @CurtJanka.

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BNP Paribas Open – Saturday Results, Sunday Schedule

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BNP PARIBAS OPEN
Indian Wells, CA, USA
March 6-17, 2013
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Saturday, March 9, 2013
WTA Singles – Second Round
(1) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 64 61
(4) Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) 63 62
(7) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. (WC) Madison Keys (USA) 63 64
(8) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Alizé Cornet (FRA) 64 36 63
(10) Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. (LL) Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 62 63
(11) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. (WC) Taylor Townsend (USA) 61 62
Urszula Radwanska (POL) d. (15) Sloane Stephens (USA) 63 64
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. (16) Lucie Safarova (CZE) 62 46 62
(Q) Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) d. (17) Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 63 16 64
Jamie Hampton (USA) d. (20) Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE) 63 63
(21) Julia Goerges (GER) d. Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) 63 63
(24) Mona Barthel (GER) d. Kiki Bertens (NED) 61 64
(28) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d. Monica Niculescu (ROU) 46 64 63
(29) Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. (WC) Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) 36 75 61
(30) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. (Q) Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 36 63 62
(32) Peng Shuai (CHN) d. Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) 60 46 63

WTA Doubles – Second Round
Hsieh/Peng (TPE/CHN) d. (1) Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) 62 63
Dushevina/Panova (RUS/RUS) d. (2) Hlavackova/Hradecka (CZE/CZE) 64 76(4)

ATP Singles – Second Round
[2] R Federer (SUI) d D Istomin (UZB) 62 63
K Anderson (RSA) d [4] D Ferrer (ESP) 36 64 63
[5] R Nadal (ESP) d R Harrison (USA) 76(3) 62
[6] T Berdych (CZE) d [Q] M Zverev (GER) 62 64
[Q] E Gulbis (LAT) d [9] J Tipsarevic (SRB) 62 60
[10] R Gasquet (FRA) d B Tomic (AUS) 76(1) 62
[13] G Simon (FRA) d P Lorenzi (ITA) 63 36 75
L Hewitt (AUS) d [15] J Isner (USA) 67(6) 63 64
[18] S Wawrinka (SUI) d [Q] W Odesnik (USA) 36 62 61
[20] A Seppi (ITA) d [Q] D Brands (GER) 75 64
B Paire (FRA) d [21] P Kohlschreiber (GER) 64 62
[24] J Janowicz (POL) d D Nalbandian (ARG) 76(4) 46 63
[27] F Mayer (GER) d D Goffin (BEL) 64 62
I Dodig (CRO) d [28] J Benneteau (FRA) 64 62
J Nieminen (FIN) d [29] F Verdasco (ESP) 61 60
L Mayer (ARG) d [30] M Youzhny (RUS) 62 63

ATP Doubles – First Round
[2] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) d N Almagro (ESP) / P Petzschner (GER) 62 62
F Lopez (ESP) / M Raonic (CAN) d [3] M Bhupathi (IND) / D Nestor (CAN) 64 76(4)
[WC] A Murray (GBR) / J Murray (GBR) d [5] R Lindstedt (SWE) / N Zimonjic (SRB) 64 46 10-4
S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) d [Alt] F Fognini (ITA) / V Troicki (SRB) 64 64
[WC] J Blake (USA) / M Fish (USA) d D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) 64 64
C Fleming (GBR) / P Hanley (AUS) d T Haas (GER) / X Malisse (BEL) 64 76(4)

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 10 MARCH, 2013

STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
[32] M Fish (USA) vs [Q] B Reynolds (USA) – ATP
[3] A Murray (GBR) vs E Donskoy (RUS) – ATP

Not Before 2:30 PM
[25] C Suarez Navarro (ESP) vs [2] M Sharapova (RUS) – WTA
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs F Fognini (ITA) – ATP

Not Before 7:00 PM
[WC] J Blake (USA) vs [8] J Tsonga (FRA) – ATP

Not Before 8:30 PM
S Kuznetsova (RUS) vs [9] M Bartoli (FRA) – WTA

STADIUM 2 start 11:00 am
[6] S Errani (ITA) vs J Larsson (SWE) – WTA
[12] M Cilic (CRO) vs A Ramos (ESP) – ATP
N Davydenko (RUS) vs [7] J Del Potro (ARG) – ATP

Not Before 5:00 PM
[27] S Cirstea (ROU) vs [3] A Radwanska (POL) – WTA
[23] S Querrey (USA) vs [Q] I Karlovic (CRO) – ATP

STADIUM 3 start 11:00 am
M Matosevic (AUS) vs [14] J Monaco (ARG) – ATP
[13] M Kirilenko (RUS) vs [Q] M Burdette (USA) – WTA
[11] N Almagro (ESP) vs D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) – ATP
[Q] P Petzschner (GER) vs [16] K Nishikori (JPN) – ATP
[5] P Kvitova (CZE) vs [Q] L Tsurenko (UKR) – WTA

COURT 7 start 11:00 am
[19] K Zakopalova (CZE) vs [12] D Cibulkova (SVK) – WTA
[22] A Dolgopolov (UKR) vs C Berlocq (ARG) – ATP
P Andujar (ESP) vs [19] T Haas (GER) – ATP
J Benneteau (FRA) / R Gasquet (FRA) vs [8] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) – ATP
[Q] M Ebden (AUS) vs [31] G Dimitrov (BUL) – ATP

COURT 8 start 11:00 am
[25] J Chardy (FRA) vs B Phau (GER) – ATP
Y Lu (TPE) vs [26] M Klizan (SVK) – ATP
L Raymond (USA) / S Stosur (AUS) vs K Date-Krumm (JPN) / C Dellacqua (AUS) – WTA
[14] R Vinci (ITA) vs L Arruabarrena-Vecino (ESP) – WTA
M Klizan (SVK) / A Seppi (ITA) vs J Cabal (COL) / F Mayer (GER) – ATP

COURT 4 start 11:00 am
[3] N Petrova (RUS) / K Srebotnik (SLO) vs [WC] J Jankovic (SRB) / M Lucic-Baroni (CRO) – WTA
[7] J Melzer (AUT) / L Paes (IND) vs B Paire (FRA) / S Wawrinka (SUI) – ATP
J Goerges (GER) / Y Shvedova (KAZ) vs [4] E Makarova (RUS) / E Vesnina (RUS) – WTA
[Alt] V Hanescu (ROU) / F Moser (GER) vs T Huey (PHI) / J Janowicz (POL) – ATP
R Haase (NED) / G Simon (FRA) vs A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) – ATP

 

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Nadal Returns to Hardcourt with Indian Wells Win; Still Unhappy with 25-Second Rule

 

Rafael Nadal

(March 9, 2013) No. 5 Rafael Nadal returned to the hardcourt for first time in almost a year by defeating American Ryan Harrison 7-6 (3), 6-2 in the  second round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells on Saturday.

The Spaniard had been off the tour with a left knee injury for seven months and last played on a hardcourt in Miami in late match 2012. He returned to the tennis tour last month on the clay court ”Golden Swing” in Latin America where he went 12-1 with two titles.

Nadal stormed off to a 4-1 lead against Harrison. The 20-year-old American came back to even the set, which Nadal took in a tiebreak.

 

After the match Nadal was happy with his play.

 

“Well, I am satisfied to be in the next round,” Nadal said.  “That’s the most important thing.  I am satisfied to be here playing at Indian Wells.  Two weeks ago, two weeks before, I didn’t really know if I would be here playing.

I am happy to be here.  I am happy to be in the third round.  Good victory for me today against a good opponent.”

 

“My physical performance needs to improve,” Nadal added.  “My movements need to improve.  Matches like this help me, for sure, no?

“Today more than any result, any victory is important for me because that gives me the chance to play another day.  That’s what I need, play matches.  I need to compete.  I really, you know, want to compete, and I need.

“So that’s the only way to win matches without playing fantastic.  That’s the only way to play very well in a short period of time.”

 

Nadal was questioned about the new 25 rule which forces players to speed up their actions in-between points. Nadal is still not pleased with the new rule.

 

“I played much faster, no?, he said.  “And I am doing because somebody very smart puts a new rule that is a disaster, in my opinion.  Not in places like here that is dry, you know, not very humid place, but is completely disaster when we are playing in tournaments like Acapulco, Brazil, or Chile.”

 

“Sorry,” Nadal continued.  “I cannot support that, because for so many facts in my opinion the rule is wrong.  First thing, because the rules go against the great points of tennis.

“Because if you see the highlights of the end of the season, I didn’t see not one highlight, the best points of the season, I did not see not one ace.

“The best points of the season are long rallies and amazing points.  With this 25 seconds, you play a long rally and you think you can play another long rally next point?  No.  So go against the good tennis.

“So the guy who really accepted this rule was not very smart, in my opinion.  Even if you don’t have time for the TV to repeat a good point, and then the referee, I don’t know what he’s doing on his chair.  We can play without referee 100%.  The lines on every line, Hawk‑Eye, now 25 seconds.  He don’t have to analyze nothing.  He just have to put the clock and that’s it.  Then we can play.  Put the clock on court and play without umpire, because it’s not necessary anymore because the umpire is not enough good to analyze if the match is being hard, if somebody is losing time, penalize him with a warning.

“If both players are going the same way because you are playing a great point and you need to rest 40 seconds after the point, we don’t need anymore umpire.  That’s my feeling.  You know what I did?  Maybe somebody ‑‑ maybe nobody did at the ATP, but I went back to my matches, great matches, in Grand Slams, playing long rallies in big tournaments, and when you play like a 30 points, you know, 30‑shots rally, 40‑shots rally like final of Roland Garros, like final of Australia, like final of any good tournament, you know, how much time we rested?

“You have to see the third set of the US Open 2011 against Djokovic, and you tell me if the crowd was very happy about what happened in that set or not, and tell me if with this new rule that can happen again.  Please.”

Nadal will play Leonardo Mayer in the third round.

 

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