2015/03/28

BNP Paribas Open – Saturday Results, Sunday Schedule

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BNP PARIBAS OPEN – INDIAN WELLS, USA
USD 5,381,235.00 (ATP)
USD 5,381,235.00 (WTA)
9-22 MARCH 2015

RESULTS – MARCH 21, 2015
Men’s
Singles – Semifinals
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d [4] A. Murray (GBR) 62 63
[2] R. Federer (SUI) d [6] M. Raonic (CAN) 75 64

Men’s
Doubles – Finals
[8] V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA) d S. Bolelli (ITA) / F. Fognini (ITA) 64 67(3) 10-7

Women’s
Doubles – Finals
[1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) d [2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) 63 64

ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2015
STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – SINGLES FINAL – [3] S. Halep (ROU) vs [18] J. Jankovic (SRB)

Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – SINGLES FINAL – [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [2] R. Federer (SUI)

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Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer to Clash in Indian Wells Final

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

(March 21, 2015) The top two men’s tennis players will face off in the final of the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday in Indian Wells, California.

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic defeated No. 4 Andy Murray 6-2, 6-3 in the first semifinal of the day, a rematch of the Australian Open final, while No. 2 Roger Federer bested Milos Raonic 7-5, 6-4.

In Sunday’s final, defending champion Djokovic will be aiming to capture his fourth Indian Wells tournament, while Federer will be going for his fifth title in the desert. Federer leads Djokovic 20-17 in their head-to-head records.

Djokovic is now 17-8 against Murray, after winning for the sixth straight time against the Brit. Djokovic is 18- 2 on the year.

Considering this was probably the first match that I’ve played in the day in the entire year ‑‑ because I have played Doha, Dubai, Australian Open, and 90% of the matches I played during the night ‑‑ I thought I handled the conditions well.

It wasn’t easy, but I needed some time to adjust. The fact that I’m in another finals makes me definitely feel very good, very confident.

I had a phenomenal start of the season, and hopefully I can, you know, do my best tomorrow and maybe get another trophy.

Murray had a below average serving day against the Serb, losing his serve four times in the match.

“I tried to go for a few more serves today and to try to get a few more free points, but, you know, serving 50% or just below is, you know, not good enough against the best players,” sais Murray. “You obviously need to serve better.

“I thought I actually hit my second serve better than I did in Australia today, but first‑serve percentage was too low.”

Murray had 29 unforced errors and only seven winners in the contest

“I think obviously I didn’t start either of the sets well,” Murray said. “That obviously makes things difficult against the best players. I mean, Novak didn’t give me any free points at the beginning of either of the sets, and I made a few too many errors early on.

“Then, you know, in the end of both sets, middle of both sets, I started to play a bit better and made it tougher and was able to push him a bit, but not enough at the beginning of the sets to make it challenging enough for him.”

“I thought I played solid, with the right intensity from the beginning,” said Djokovic. “Good first‑serve percentage. Got some free points there in the important moments.

“Just overall it was a good performance.”

Djokovic admitted that his opponent did preform as well as he could have.

“Even though it’s a straight‑set victory, I still had to earn it,” Djokovic stated. “I thought that he hasn’t played close to his highest level. Made a lot of unforced errors, especially from the forehand side. Low percentage of first serves in. That allowed me to obviously step in and be aggressive.”

 

Roger Federer

Roger Federer

Milos Raonic broke up the potential “Big Four” reunion in the semifinals when he upset Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals on Friday. Raonic tested Federer in the straight set loss on Saturday.

The hard-serving Canadian was broken in the eleventh game of the first set, which the Swiss closed out 7-5 in 45 minutes. Federer opened the second set with a break, and never looked back.

Federer has now reached his 40th Masters Series 1000 final. Federer claimed the desert crown 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2012.

“I’m very happy how well I’m playing,” said Federer. “Feel good physically. Obviously I feel refreshed after the holiday. I’m serving well, which is always crucial.”

“He was neutralizing well on the serve, but especially during the points I felt like a few times I was able to stretch him,” Raonic said.

“He was doing a good job of getting legs behind and always playing deep cross so I could never find that short forehand I was looking for.”

“I wish I would have served a higher percentage, but I felt like when I was putting my first serve in I was doing a good job,” the Canadian explained. “I don’t think I mixed up my second serve enough.”

Djokovic discussed the possibility of playing Federer in the final:

“If I get to play Roger, it’s the ultimate final that right now I can have. Probably the player that is in the best form. You know, in the last 12 months he’s been playing some of his best tennis, I thought.

“Especially after, for his standards, pretty average season in 2013. He came back and played the finals in Wimbledon, played some great tournaments, won titles, and we had a fight for No. 1 spot all the way up to last couple of matches in London.

“He started off the year well again except that third‑round loss in the Australian Open. He won two titles. You know, he’s playing great. There no question about it.

“We all know that Roger, with all his records, we know the experience that he has. He’s not expected to play nothing less than his best in these stages of the tournament.

“He’s been proving that. He won so many titles. He loves the big occasions, and I’m sure he’s gonna come out wanting to win, being aggressive.

“He moves great. I thought since he changed the racquet it helped him with maybe reaching balls in the defense that he wasn’t able to do maybe before that. Seems like he has more control in the backhand. Great serve, as always.

“So he’s a very complete player. No question about it.”

“One thing about Roger is that he always makes you play highest level if you want to win against him,” Djokovic added.

“That’s something that’s always in the back of my mind. This is something that makes me come out with the highest possible concentration and intensity and commitment. If I want to win that match and win this title, I definitely need to be on top of my game.”

“After losing so close last year I was quite disappointed, even though I was happy how I was playing,” said Federer. “Can’t wait until we get a chance again to play him here, because you have to wait one entire year, got to win another five matches, and finally you’re in the finals again.

“So I think it’s very exciting for both of us, and also for fans, to see a rematch of the great final from last year. I’m looking forward to it, and I hope I can keep up my good play.”

“I like these big matches. I have been playing so well and I don’t feel tired. I feel great going into the finals, and I hope I can keep up this kind of a level. I know I need an extra special performance tomorrow because Novak’s going to push you there to come up with a lot of great shots in a row, which is not always easy to do.

“So I will see how it goes.”

Asked if his rivalry Djokovic is on par with Rafael Nadal, Federer said: “It will never be the same. Not better or worse. It just will be different just because the matchup is so unique for me with Rafa; whereas Novak’s is totally, like I said, straightforward.

“With Rafa I feel like I need to change everything when I play him. I have played so many times against Rafa on clay, as well, that it feels different; whereas Novak has been a much more of a hard court rivalry, whereas with Rafa has been more clay and grass.”

Federer on his rivalry with Djokovic: “What remains is that you know it’s always been tough against him. I have seen the rise of him, you know, as he’s gotten fitter and more match tough, mentally tougher, became one of the best movers we have in the game. It’s been nice seeing him do that, you know, and improve as you move along.

“Sometimes I wonder if everybody’s willing to improve as much as Novak did. It’s been interesting to see him figure his game out, and I’m happy I can still hang with him. I must be quite honest, because he’s in his absolute prime right now, and I enjoy the challenge of him. I hope he enjoys my challenge.

“So we will see tomorrow, but I think it’s a very dynamic rivalry we have. Great movement. I don’t think we need to change our games very much when we play each other. We can just go out there and play our game, which I think is quite cool also for fans and for ourselves, which is interesting.”

 

 

 

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What a Difference a Week Makes

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

(March 20, 2015) INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA – Just as the tournament spun in the early days with the expectation of Serena Williams’ return, so it would end in an almost eerie echo of 14 years ago.

 

Social media had already buzzed about the news during the previous semi-final, and when she took to the court mostly to cheers, a few boos could be clearly heard from the Press balcony, coming from above, but the announcement was cleverly stage managed to celebrate 40 years of the tournament, and the momentousness of Williams come-back just a week ago.

 

Williams spoke to the press immediately afterwards and confirmed: “I was just on the practice court two days ago, day and a half ago, yesterday, and everything was going good. Literally last two couple minutes of practice I went for a serve and I just felt a super sharp pain in my knee.

 

“It was like, Okay, and I served again. I felt it again. I just came off, and it hasn’t been the same since. I have done everything. Like I have just pretty much done everything from taping to research and I even did an injection. I have never done an injection before.

 

“I think if this was any other event I probably wouldn’t have considered it. I wanted to give 200%. It just wasn’t meant to be this year.”

 

She has stated she intends to return to Indian Wells next year.

 

Meanwhile – we had the ATP quarter-finals to conclude, and that too was a tale of two halves.

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Roger Federer almost bullied his way to the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. From the outset he had Tomas Berdych on the back foot, at one stage throwing up three double faults in one game before Federer finally broke through the door he had been battering down. A single break was a respectable margin for the first set, but it was not enough as Federer stepped up a gear, and Berdych crumbled once more in a key match 6-4, 6-0.

 

The confidence he had at the start of the year with regards to changing the team around him, once more could not manifest itself when it came to the crunch, as Berdych tried to explain.

 

In his post-match news conference he said: “When you feel that he’s in control right from the beginning, then of course you have to come up with your best game from the beginning of the match. I mean, you just want to play well. You just want to play your best. There is a very thin line in between that and overdoing it. It’s not so easy, really, to control it every single time that you go play with a player like this, even if he’s playing in such a good shape.

 

“Today I stepped a little bit over it, so hope the next time, next day, it’s just going to stay on the line.”

 

With the very real prospect of the World Top 4 contesting the Indian Wells semi-finals, Federer cast his eye over another match up with Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard started aggressively against Milos Raonic, breaking him before the first change of ends in the first set.

 

Federer said: “Matches against him are always tough, I think. You know, he’s going to play the percentages high. He’s not going to miss many shots. He’s got a great forehand, one of the best ever. Then physically and mentally he’s always going to be there. That what makes him so good and so tough over all these years. “

 

It looked for all the world like we would be in for a quick afternoon, but somehow Raonic clung on to set, needing five set points in total (three in the tie-break) to take only his second set off the Spaniard.

 

Milos Raonic

Milos Raonic

Going toe-to-toe with him in the decider had everyone ready for a decisive tie-break but for a loose game by Nadal to give Raonic a 6-5 lead. For once it was right to come down to that serve as Raonic held his nerve to close out a 4-6, 7-6(10), 7-5 win, his first over Nadal and it sets up an intriguing rematch now against Federer after their encounter in the season opener in Brisbane.

 

Raonic believes he can be ready for Saturday’s semi-final after such a momentous win.

 

He said: “I think I have a good understanding of what I need to do against Roger. Obviously that’s the easiest part, understanding it, rather than doing it. But I think the last three times we have played I have sort of been able to change course a little bit, especially when it was important to me in Paris. Even the other two I didn’t play well at the start of the matches, in London and in Brisbane, but I was able to find a way to fight myself back into those matches and give myself some opportunities.

 

“I’ve just got to keep calm, keep collected, and just try to figure out solutions and adjustments as they come.”

 

The ATP semi-finals will be played on Saturday.

 

Ros Satar is a British sports journalist and a writer at Livetennis.com.

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BNP Paribas Open – Friday Results, Saturday Schedule

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BNP PARIBAS OPEN – INDIAN WELLS, USA
USD 5,381,235.00 (ATP)
USD 5,381,235.00 (WTA)
9-22 MARCH 2015

RESULTS – MARCH 20, 2015
Men’s
Singles – Quarterfinals
[2] R. Federer (SUI) d [9] T. Berdych (CZE) 64 60
[6] M. Raonic (CAN) d [3] R. Nadal (ESP) 46 76(10) 75

Men’s
Doubles – Semifinals
[8] V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA) d M. Matkowski (POL) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) 64 36 10-6

Women’s
Singles – Semifinals
[3] S. Halep (ROU) d [1] [WC] S. Williams (USA) walkover
[18] J. Jankovic (SRB) d [24] S. Lisicki (GER) 36 63 61

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 2015
STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
ATP – [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [4] A. Murray (GBR)
ATP – [6] M. Raonic (CAN) vs [2] R. Federer (SUI)
WTA – DOUBLES FINAL – [1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) vs [2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS)

Not Before 4:30 pm
ATP DOUBLES FINAL – [8] V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA) vs S. Bolelli (ITA) / F. Fognini (ITA)

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BNP Paribas Open – Thursday Results, Friday Schedule

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BNP PARIBAS OPEN – INDIAN WELLS, USA
USD 5,381,235.00 (ATP)
USD 5,381,235.00 (WTA)
9-22 MARCH 2015

RESULTS – MARCH 19, 2015
Men’s
Singles – Quarterfinals
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d [32] B. Tomic (AUS) walkover
[4] A. Murray (GBR) d [12] F. Lopez (ESP) 63 64

Men’s
Doubles – Semifinals
S. Bolelli (ITA) / F. Fognini (ITA) d [2] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) 64 63
Quarterfinals
[8] V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA) d [1] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) 64 64

Women’s
Singles – Quarterfinals
[24] S. Lisicki (GER) d [15] F. Pennetta (ITA) 64 67(3) 76(4)
[18] J. Jankovic (SRB) d [Q] L. Tsurenko (UKR) 61 41 Retired

Women’s
Doubles – Semifinals
[1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) d L. Raymond (USA) / S. Stosur (AUS) 60 64
[2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) d K. Jans-Ignacik (POL) / A. Klepac (SLO) 64 61

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2015
STADIUM 1 start 12:00 noon
ATP – [9] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [2] R. Federer (SUI)

Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP – [6] M. Raonic (CAN) vs [3] R. Nadal (ESP)
ATP – [8] V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA) vs M. Matkowski (POL) / N. Zimonjic (SRB)

Not Before 6:00 pm
[18] J. Jankovic (SRB) vs [24] S. Lisicki (GER)

Not Before 8:00 pm
WTA – [1] [WC] S. Williams (USA) vs [3] S. Halep (ROU)

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Old Guard Shine Once More

Jelena Jankovic

Jelena Jankovic

(March 19, 2015) INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA – We could be heading for a Serena Williams / Jelena Jankovic final after the Serbian continued her strong run of form at the tournament she won back in 2010. Always reliable for a chuckle in press, she walked in with a heavy sigh as if she had lost, before joking about how she and Williams had been high-fiving each other at their achievements this week.

 

In a week where the WTA Rising Stars rose up for a fraction of a time to dispatch top seeds, the old guard have reasserted themselves, and we were almost entertaining three players over the age of 30 in the semi-finals.

 

Jankovic’s passage into the final was quick, as Ukrainian qualifier Lesia Tsurenko sadly struggled throughout their quarter-final with an ankle injury she picked up in the previous round, and retired to hand Jankovic a 6-1, 4-1 win.

 

“It’s never nice to end a match in that way. I think Lesia has had such a great tournament and she has beaten so many great players throughout the draw. I knew it was going to be a tough match today. In the first set I think we played well. I didn’t see some problems. I was feeling pretty good out there. I was playing my game and waiting for my chances to execute. I was solid.”

 

She continued: “In the second set she started limping and I saw that she had some problem. You know, that’s the time as well I lost a little bit of my focus. I was kind of looking at what she was doing. It was crucial for me to win that game at 2‑1, because who knows what would happen if it was 2‑All.”

 

Defending champion Flavia Pennetta was not so lucky though, starting slowly against Sabine Lisicki before finally starting to play a bit better. After her overwhelming emotions at beating World No. 2 Maria Sharapova, she had to battle once more from a set down to keep her defence alive, even saving a match point on the way to leveling the match.

 

The tides turned in the decider, as Pennetta had her chances to close out the match, but Lisicki, who had never won in Indian Wells, edged her for a place in the semi-final 6-4, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4) . The crowds gathering for the night match were treated to a spectacle, and the semi-finals ought to live up to that as Serena Williams will face gritty Simona Halep in the final night match on Friday, with Jankovic and Lisicki opening up the show.

 

Meanwhile the men’s quarter-finals got underway with Andy Murray thwarting Feliciano Lopez. The Spaniard could not get a break (quite literally) as Murray quietly and efficiently dismantled his serve and rendered his coming forward moot winning 6-3, 6-4.

 

He explained: “I don’t have as much trouble with the lefties just because I grew up playing with one, and that’s obviously one of his biggest advantages. I thought I played a good match. Every time he came to net I made it very difficult for him. I passed very well, and that was important, because it meant that he spent more time at the back of the court.

 

“When we were in the baseline rallies, I felt like I was able to dictate a lot of those points. Passing shots were important today.”

 

With the disappointing news that Bernard Tomic had withdrawn officially with a back injury, but also troubled with a wisdom tooth, defending men’s champion Novak Djokovic gets a walkover into the semi-final, but after struggling against him last year, Murray believes he has a chance to redress the balance.

 

He said: “He’s played extremely well here in the past. You know, he will be totally fresh as well and ready for the semis, so it will be a tough one for me. But I feel like I played well this week, and, you know, if I can keep that level up and for a sustained period on Saturday, I’ll have a chance.”

 

The men’s quarter-finals conclude on Friday.

 

Ros Satar is a British sports journalist and a writer at Livetennis.com.

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BNP Paribas Open – Wednesday Results, Thursday Schedule

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BNP PARIBAS OPEN – INDIAN WELLS, USA
USD 5,381,235.00 (ATP)
USD 5,381,235.00 (WTA)
9-22 MARCH 2015

RESULTS – MARCH 18, 2015
Men’s
Singles – Fourth Round
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d [18] J. Isner (USA) 64 76(5)
[2] R. Federer (SUI) d J. Sock (USA) 63 62
[3] R. Nadal (ESP) d [13] G. Simon (FRA) 62 64
[4] A. Murray (GBR) d A. Mannarino (FRA) 63 63
[12] F. Lopez (ESP) d [5] K. Nishikori (JPN) 64 76(2)
[6] M. Raonic (CAN) d [17] T. Robredo (ESP) 63 62
[9] T. Berdych (CZE) d [27] L. Rosol (CZE) 62 46 64
[32] B. Tomic (AUS) d [WC] T. Kokkinakis (AUS) 64 46 64

Men’s
Doubles – Quarterfinals
M. Matkowski (POL) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) d D. Inglot (GBR) / F. Mergea (ROU) 46 63 10-3
S. Bolelli (ITA) / F. Fognini (ITA) d P. Carreno Busta (ESP) / R. Nadal (ESP) 61 36 10-4

Women’s
Singles – Quarterfinals
[1] [WC] S. Williams (USA) d [27] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) 75 63
[3] S. Halep (ROU) d [12] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) 57 61 61

Women’s
Doubles – Quarterfinals
[2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) d [7] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) 75 64
K. Jans-Ignacik (POL) / A. Klepac (SLO) d S. Lisicki (GER) / A. Petkovic (GER) 76(5) 76(7)

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2015
STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – [Q] L. Tsurenko (UKR) vs [18] J. Jankovic (SRB)

Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – [4] A. Murray (GBR) vs [12] F. Lopez (ESP)
ATP – [1] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) vs [8] V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA)

Not Before 5:00 pm
WTA – [24] S. Lisicki (GER) vs [15] F. Pennetta (ITA)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [32] B. Tomic (AUS)
WTA – [1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) vs L. Raymond (USA) / S. Stosur (AUS)

STADIUM 2 start 3:00 pm
ATP – S. Bolelli (ITA) / F. Fognini (ITA) vs [2] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA)
WTA – K. Jans-Ignacik (POL) / A. Klepac (SLO) vs [2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS)

STADIUM 4 start 11:00 am
IWTG Womens 3.5 Championships – G. Baraniak (USA) vs A. Rose (USA)
IWTG Men’s 3.5 Championships – W. Baraniak (USA) vs F. Sauve (CAN)
IWTG Men’s 4.0 Championships – N. Miljkovic (USA) vs D. Tkac (USA)
IWTG Men’s 5.0 Championships – J. Rojas (USA) vs J. Rosser (USA)

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For the Good of the Sport

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

(March 18, 2015) The women’s side of the draw flipped on its head once more as the young up and coming pack started to fall away after some famous wins this week. Gone was Caroline Garcia, who felled Ana Ivanovic, while Jelena Jankovic hit one more for the oldies when she dispatched Belinda Bencic to book her place in the quarter-final.

 

But perhaps the biggest surprise was Lesia Tsurenko defeating Genie Bouchard, whose come-back had been going quite swimmingly until that point. And she’s going to be one to watch as she faces the 2010 champion Jankovic next. The Serbian is playing some really solid tennis at the moment, perhaps buoyed by a great win over the very hard-hitting Madison Keys, but she can also come undone fairly spectacularly when she’s up against a player she has not played before. We could expect all kinds of potential tantrums on court, but it still will have been her best result for quite some time.

 

Serena Williams finally ended the great run of Acapulco and Monterrey champion Timea Bacsinszky, and while she admitted she could almost see the trophy in her hands (the first American to win it since her victory in 2001) she acknowledged that she had still a way to go.

 

She said: “I think it will be really good. It’s a good surface for her. I feel like she can definitely come out here, and when we play, play really well. Hopefully I can start playing better. “

 

Andy Murray

Andy Murray

But maybe, and perhaps disappointingly, the focus at the start of the day was more on the news that Wayne Odesnik had been caught again on a doping charge, despite protesting his innocence. He was caught in two samples, and in light of his two year ban in 2010-2011 for being caught with a growth hormone and medical materials in his possession, he was banned for 15 years, and thus announced his retirement from the sport.

 

Needless to say there are not many offering to give him a handshake for his “achievements” (if a world ranking of No. 77 and no titles are to be celebrated).

 

Andy Murray tweeted “Good riddance” and called into question, quite reasonably, if one had been caught once, why would you do it again?

 

He said: “He’s been linked to a number of people that have been involved in doping presently and in the past and surrounded himself with those people, so I can’t say I’m surprised.   To have three separate issues is ridiculous. It’s good that he’s off the tour now.”

 

 

Rafael Nadal was a touch surprised to hear the news but broadly agreed, saying: “I really don’t know about him, so it’s difficult to say one or another thing. But obviously when that happens twice, you don’t deserve to be on the tour.”

 

Quarter-final action continues on Thursday.

 

Ros Satar is a British sports journalist and a writer at Livetennis.com.

 

 

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BNP Paribas Open – Tuesday Results, Wednesday Schedule

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BNP PARIBAS OPEN – INDIAN WELLS, USA
USD 5,381,235.00 (ATP)
USD 5,381,235.00 (WTA)
9-22 MARCH 2015

RESULTS – MARCH 17, 2015
Men’s
Singles – Third Round
[2] R. Federer (SUI) d [30] A. Seppi (ITA) 63 64
[3] R. Nadal (ESP) d D. Young (USA) 64 62
[6] M. Raonic (CAN) d A. Dolgopolov (UKR) 76(2) 64
[9] T. Berdych (CZE) d S. Johnson (USA) 64 62
[17] T. Robredo (ESP) d [11] G. Dimitrov (BUL) 64 16 75
[13] G. Simon (FRA) d [Q] M. Berrer (GER) 62 75
J. Sock (USA) d [15] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) 36 63 62
[27] L. Rosol (CZE) d R. Haase (NED) 64 67(4) 76(3)

Men’s
Doubles – Quarterfinals
[2] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) d D. Ferrer (ESP) / F. Verdasco (ESP) 75 36 10-7
Second Round
[1] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) d M. Draganja (CRO) / J. Peers (AUS) 67(8) 64 10-7
[8] V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA) d A. Begemann (GER) / E. Gulbis (LAT) 76(4) 62
M. Matkowski (POL) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) d [WC] T. Kokkinakis (AUS) / A. Murray (GBR) 61 64

Women’s
Singles – Fourth Round
[1] [WC] S. Williams (USA) d S. Stephens (USA) 67(3) 62 62
[15] F. Pennetta (ITA) d [2] M. Sharapova (RUS) 36 63 62
[3] S. Halep (ROU) d [14] K. Pliskova (CZE) 64 64
[Q] L. Tsurenko (UKR) d [6] E. Bouchard (CAN) 67(5) 75 64
[12] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d H. Watson (GBR) 76(5) 36 61
[18] J. Jankovic (SRB) d [31] B. Bencic (SUI) 63 36 63
[27] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) d [23] E. Svitolina (UKR) 46 61 61
[24] S. Lisicki (GER) d [25] C. Garcia (FRA) 64 64

Women’s
Doubles – Quarterfinals
[1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) d [WC] D. Hantuchova (SVK) / K. Knapp (ITA) 64 62
L. Raymond (USA) / S. Stosur (AUS) d [PR] S. Peer (ISR) / V. Zvonareva (RUS) 62 61

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2015
STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
ATP – [12] F. Lopez (ESP) vs [5] K. Nishikori (JPN)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [3] S. Halep (ROU) vs [12] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)
ATP – [13] G. Simon (FRA) vs [3] R. Nadal (ESP)
ATP – J. Sock (USA) vs [2] R. Federer (SUI)

Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – [1] [WC] S. Williams (USA) vs [27] T. Bacsinszky (SUI)

Not Before 8:30 pm
ATP – [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [18] J. Isner (USA)

STADIUM 2 start 11:00 am
ATP – [4] A. Murray (GBR) vs A. Mannarino (FRA)
ATP – [27] L. Rosol (CZE) vs [9] T. Berdych (CZE)
ATP – [6] M. Raonic (CAN) vs [17] T. Robredo (ESP)
ATP – [WC] T. Kokkinakis (AUS) vs [32] B. Tomic (AUS)
ATP – P. Carreno Busta (ESP) / R. Nadal (ESP) vs S. Bolelli (ITA) / F. Fognini (ITA)

Not Before 8:30 pm
ATP – M. Matkowski (POL) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) vs D. Inglot (GBR) / F. Mergea (ROU)

STADIUM 3 start 3:00 pm
WTA – S. Lisicki (GER) / A. Petkovic (GER) vs K. Jans-Ignacik (POL) / A. Klepac (SLO)
WTA – [7] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) vs [2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS)

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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal Advance at Indian Wells

 

Roger Federer

Roger Federer

(March 17, 2015) World No. 2 and four-time Indian Wells champion Roger Federer avenged his Australian Open third round loss to Italy’s Andreas Seppi with a 6-3, 6-4 victory on Tuesday night. Rafael Nadal also advanced with a 6-4, 6-2 win over American Donald Young. Both men have moved on to the round of 16.

“It absolutely was an opportunity right away to play him again and sort of erase it to some extent from the memory as the season moves forward,” Federer said of the 82-minute match “It’s one of those matches you’re happy you’re through, and I was happy it was over.”

In the all-lefty match-up, Nadal said: “I feel confident that I am playing much better than one month and a half ago.”

“I feel closer to be what I am, what I want to be, and it’s a positive victory for me, and it’s a positive victory for me, another victory. Every victory is important victory for me. Already six matches in a row winning, and that’s a good number.”

The No 3 player will face Gilles Simon in the fourth round.

“He is playing well. He had a good beginning of the season,” The Spaniard said of his future French challenger. “Is true he had some problem in his neck last couple of years, no? He had some injuries there.

“So he’s playing with injuries, with pain, with no continuity is very difficult for everybody. He’s healthy now. He’s playing well. He’s a very dangerous player.”

Federer will play American Jack Sock next.

“Never played him,” said Sock. “I mean, we are friendly. Friendly guy. Talk in the locker room some. Yeah, I’m more excited than anything if I do play him. Obviously Seppi got him in Melbourne.

“But, yeah, if I get a chance to play him ‑‑ I haven’t played one of those, as some people say, those top 4 guys. I haven’t been able to play one in a match. Yeah, I look forward to it, and especially here in the States it would be fun.”

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