American Qualifier Fratangelo Lines Up Djokovic Meeting in Indian Wells; Berdych v Del Potro Saturday
by Staff | March 12th, 2016, 2:19 am
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American qualifier Bjorn Fratangelo lined up the biggest match of his career on Friday at Indian Wells, beating Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-4, 6-4 to set up a second-round meeting with world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.


Fratangelo is a former French Open juniors champion.

“I feel amazing,” he said. “It’s a great feeling to get my first ATP win, and to do it in a 1,000 event, to play Djokovic, it’s a pretty surreal feeling. I’m going to enjoy this as much as I can right now.”

No. 4 seed Rafael Nadal’s opening-round opponent was revealed when giant-serving veteran Gilles Muller of Luxembourg beat Victor Estrella 7-5, 6-3.

Kazakhstan’s Mikhail Kukushkin topped Spain’s Daniel Munoz 7-6(1), 6-2 to line up a meeting with No. 5 seed Kei Nishikori.

Other qualifiers punching through to the second round were Slovakia’s Jozef Kovalik topping fellow qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France 6-4, 6-7(9), 7-6(5), and France’s Vincent Millot beating American wildcard Mackenzie McDonald 6-1, 6-3.

Notable un-seeds into the second round were German riser Alexander Zverev coming from a set down to beat Croatian Ivan Dodig 3-6, 7-5, 6-3; Spanish veteran Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco topping Canuck qualifier Peter Polansky 7-6(4), 6-3; Guillermo “G-Lo” Garcia-Lopez putting down erstwhile Ernests Gulbis 6-2, 7-6(2); and Canuck Vasek Pospisil struggling past American wildcard Jared Donaldson 7-6(5), 6-7(2), 6-3.

Zverev won in three after his opponent Dodig popped himself in the face with his own racquet, causing bleeding and a medical time-out.

“I thought he twisted his ankle at the first, but then I saw him bleeding pretty close to the eye and I was like, wow, he probably hit himself with the racquet,” said Zverev, who will next meet Grigor Dimitrov. “I don’t know what happened, to be quite honest. I didn’t see it, but he started bleeding quite heavily then.”

Pospisil needed almost three hours to set up a meeting with Gilles Simon.

“I’m happy with the way I played and the way I fought,” Pospisil said. “The conditions were tough here. They’re polar opposite from what I played last week [in Davis Cup], so it’s a little bit of an adjustment, but [Donaldson] played a good match and he surprised me a little bit. He was playing well, and I had to play some great tennis to win today.”

Going past 2 a.m. EST on Saturday morning were Juan Monaco vs. Michael Berrer, and Donald Young vs. Andreas Seppi.

Matches to look for Saturday afternoon in Indian Wells include (6) Tomas Berdych vs. (WC) Juan Martin Del Potro, (Q) Ryan Harrison vs. (10) Marin Cilic, (8) Richard Gasquet vs. Nicolas Mahut, Borna Coric vs. (29) Thomaz Bellucci, (15) David Goffin vs. (WC) Frances Tiafoe, and (17) Bernard Tomic vs. Rajeev “Rampras” Ram.

SATURDAY INDIAN WELLS SCHEDULE
STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – D. Allertova (CZE) vs [2] A. Kerber (GER)
ATP – [6] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [WC] J. Del Potro (ARG)
ATP – M. Granollers (ESP) vs [2] A. Murray (GBR)
WTA – [21] S. Stephens (USA) vs E. Bouchard (CAN)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – I. Marchenko (UKR) vs [3] S. Wawrinka (SUI)
Not Before 8:30 pm
WTA – [14] A. Ivanovic (SRB) vs C. Giorgi (ITA)

STADIUM 2 start 11:00 am
ATP – I. Cervantes (ESP) vs [12] M. Raonic (CAN)
ATP – [13] G. Monfils (FRA) vs P. Carreno Busta (ESP)
WTA – C. Mchale (USA) vs [4] G. Muguruza (ESP)
ATP – [Q] R. Harrison (USA) vs [10] M. Cilic (CRO)
Not Before 6:00 pm
ATP – R. Nadal (ESP) / F. Verdasco (ESP) vs [3] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA)


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45 Comments for American Qualifier Fratangelo Lines Up Djokovic Meeting in Indian Wells; Berdych v Del Potro Saturday

jane Says:

i believe berdy vs delpo starts soon


jalep Says:

Yes, Allertova just beat Kerber. Delpo is next on Center court.

But TC is focusing on Kryrgios, which I love — love watching Nick, a lot. ☺ Never know what’ll happen.


Van Persie Says:

Wow, Kerber beaten. Heaven’t see that coming. Looking forward now for match of the day: Delpo- Berdych :)


jane Says:

quite the haricut on nick. more mohawky than usual.


Wog Boy Says:

I wonder if Nick and Tomic went for a drink in IW?


Van Persie Says:

^^ Wawa was also invited


Wog Boy Says:

^^ and Kokkinakis


Van Persie Says:

and Dona Vekic….all together like one big happy family. lol


Wog Boy Says:

that was lol:)


Wog Boy Says:

These courts don’t suit Nick’s game, he is yet to become all court player if he ever does it, due to his style and temperament, low bouncing fast courts and grass is where he thrives.


Daniel Says:

DelPo had a chance to break at 4-4 second serve but gave a weak FH return. Now serving to stay in the set and force tiebreak. Hope he can do it, BErdy is nt serving great, this is a day DelPo could win. A top 10 victory would do wonders for him here.


jane Says:

nick having some issues…


Wog Boy Says:

Who is delpo’s coach now?


Wog Boy Says:

Delpo is playing good.


Van Persie Says:

Hope Delpo stays healthy. Like his style. Really plays god for a guy who missed almost 2 seasons


jane Says:

delpo loses a tight first set by the looks of it?


Van Persie Says:

was not a very tight TB, his serve was not very good in TB.


Wog Boy Says:

jane,
He lost first set but is really playing good, as VP said, doesn’t look like a guy who missed twelwe months.


Emily Says:

Nick telling the chair he doesn’t want to play anymore b/c he got caught swearing


Wog Boy Says:

VP,
Yes, he double faulted and gave Berdych few second serves.


Emily Says:

And then Nick promptly gets his wish, losing to Ramos


Giles Says:

Good riddance Kyrgios!


Wog Boy Says:

Nick is on his way to Miami, lucky his probation expired otherwise wouldn’t be good for him.

Back to Delpo and break for Berdych.


Van Persie Says:

And now Berdych broke…Delpo looks a bit tired now, or he is diapointed for the TB. Guess there will be no 3 set, but Delpo has nothing to be ashamed of.


Wog Boy Says:

Delpo is not plaing as good as in the first set, but ther is still time lift his game.


Emily Says:

Berdych knowing to go to the backhand, exposing Delpo and getting a 2nd break


Wog Boy Says:

No, there is no time, double break, linesman should be sacked for not calling out Delpo’s serve on the break point and chair umpire for not ove ruling it.


jane Says:

nick and probably delpo too out, by the looks of it.


Van Persie Says:

Berdych was to much for him for the moment. Delpo know now where he stands. It is a good experience


Van Persie Says:

Glad he won one more game


Wog Boy Says:

I don’t think he is physically ready for tough matceha, first set was one hour and now he is puffing and buying the time when ever he can, thiugh he us to that in his high days too.


Wog Boy Says:

^^^ though he use to do that..


Wog Boy Says:

Is Berdych going to choke?


Van Persie Says:

Would be a big surprise :)


Wog Boy Says:

No, he is not going to choke:)


Van Persie Says:

1 set was very good, but he’s not yet very fit. He will be in Miami too


Van Persie Says:

Bye, bye guys ;)
It is Colgate Hour. Going to bed


Wog Boy Says:

VP,

Try Sensodyne..


J-Kath Says:

@WogBoy

Will certainly take U’re advice WogBoy…presume you have a glittering mouthful…For Me, Dentist calling…about to lose maybe 2!!!


Wog Boy Says:

JK,
Not bad for my years, missing only three teeth, if I wasn’t in the army I could save them too, but those army butchers called dentist didn’t have habit of fixing them, just taking them out, it was cheaper option for army.
I even have my wisdom teeth still..though they don’t hel me much..


Wog Boy Says:

^^ “help” not “hel”


J-Kath Says:

Wogboy

I got hit on a gate bang in front of 2 uppers…doubt threy’ll save them

Anyway is 1.06am here –waited to see how Andy dui — Whew did it in 2 “reasonable” sets.

Ciao.


Okiegal Says:

@J-Kath……My teeth are like the stars……they come out at night……LOL


Van Persie Says:

WB,

I am using Lacalut ;)….Sensodyne also, once in a while.
Parodontax is also very good.

Now Ishould get some mooney for advertising ;)


J-Kath Says:

To all the “tooth-sayers”

Not so long ago in Scotland, this so-called joke had “roots” in reality.

……father-in-law says to would-be groom: “My lassie will do you proud, me boy, and she’ll no cost ye much – I’ve had all her teeth pulled to save you money.”

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