Playing in his first match since his Australian Open title, top seed Roger Federer prevailed in three sets 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-1 over Romanian Victor Hanescu in the second round of the Tennis Masters BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.
“I was happy with the way I played,” said Federer who afterward on court was awarded the ATP’s Player of the Year, Sportsman of the Year and Fan Favorite of the Year. “Not having played for so long, I thought it was a good match overall. Missed maybe some of the clutch serving when I really needed it. Let’s say 30-all, deuce I couldn’t really get that one perfect serve I was sometimes looking for, but that’s something that happens.”
Federer now sets a date Tuesday with Marcos Baghdatis in a rematch of their Australian Open final.
A potential quarterfinal opponent for Federer, Andy Roddick, also advanced. The American defeated Chinese Taipei’s Yen-Hsun Lu 6-4, 6-4,
“I actually felt okay,” said Roddick. “It was weird. He was just coming out of his shoes on every shot. So it was more you’re just trying to fight him off a little bit. I was really happy with the way I returned tonight. I felt like I made a lot of returns, so that put pressure on him to come up with it. It was good.”
Fellow American James Blake ripped David Ferrer 6-1, 6-4. Andy Murray was also a winner beating Andreas Seppi 6-4, 6-4 and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has an easy time with Australian qualifier Marinko Matosevic while his countryman Gael Monfils was victim of the biggest upset on the day as he fell to Simon Greul.
Other second round winners included Tommy Robredo, Michael Russell, Dudi Sela and Robin Soderling.
Maria Sharapova was the big casualty in the women’s draw. The former No. 1 struggled with 14 doubles faults in a tough 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 loss to Jie Zheng in the third round.
“She’s like a ball machine,” Sharapova said. “She hits a lot of balls back, hits them deep… It was just very inconsistent from my end. I returned well – I’d have periods of good games, but then the problem was keeping them all together.”
Other Sunday winners were No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki, No.4 seed Elena Dementieva, No. 5 seed Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 11 seed Marion Bartoli, No. 16 seed Nadia Petrova, No. 19 seed Aravane Rezai and Alicia Molik.
A big line up is set for today with men’s third round matches featuring Rafael Nadal v. Mario Ancic, John Isner v. Sam Querrey, Tomas Berdych v. Fernando Verdasco and Philip Kohlschrieber v. Novak Djokovic. Kim Clijsters and Jelena Jankovic are in action for the women.
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