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Djokovic v Del Potro, Nadal v Verdasco; Tuesday Indian Wells Picks And Pans

Posted by Sean Randall on March 14th, 2017 @ 10:30 am

An “embarrassment of riches”, I believe is the phrase, and it’s suitable for the schedule on tap Tuesday at Indian Wells where the Group of Death starts to live up to the billing. The Madness!

All of the top eight players won their second rounders setting up four really great matches today in that bottom quarter. And even the third quarter has some decent fare with Jack Sock taking on Grigor …

Novak Djokovic: Against Del Potro, It’s A Very Even Match, I’ve Got To Give It My All

Posted by Tom Gainey on March 14th, 2017 @ 9:39 am

Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro collide again later today at Indian Wells. Djokovic leads 12-4 in their head-to-head but del Potro knocked him off at the Rio Olympics first round and then had a break advantage in the third in Acapulco before letting it slip away a few weeks ago.

And in their only Indian Wells meeting, del Potro came out on top in the 2013 …

Roger Federer: Maria Sharapova Paid The Price For What She Did

Posted by Tom Gainey on March 14th, 2017 @ 9:21 am

Roger Federer weighed in on the Maria Sharapova wildcard debate, calling it a “tricky one” and one that needs to be examined further.

“It’s a tough one,” Federer said Sunday at Indian Wells. “She paid the price for what she did, so that’s all you can say there.

“I see the argument of players being or people being turned off by it to get wildcards, to others who believe, well, she …

Berdych Beat, Huge Line-Up Tuesday at ATP Indian Wells

Posted by Staff on March 14th, 2017 @ 12:19 am

Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka’s stock keeps rising as the No. 70-ranked 20-year-old lucky loser on Monday saved a match point in upsetting No. 13-ranked Tomas Berdych 1-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 to move into the fourth round at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.

“I tried to do my best, but today I couldn’t figure out how could I beat Berdych,” Nishioka said. “I tried to find a way, and then I …

Halep, Radwanska Top 10 Scalps on Monday at Indian Wells

Posted by Staff on March 14th, 2017 @ 12:16 am

Upsets were the name of the game on Monday at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells in third-round play as No. 4 Simona Halep, who has been suffering from knee and Achilles issues, and No. 6 Aggie Radwanska were sent packing.

Halep fell 6-3, 6-3 to No. 28 seed Kristina Mladenovic, while Radwanska was out-steadied by Chinese qualifier Peng Shuai 6-4, 6-4.

“Based on how much I was able to practice …

A Higher Net? Rafael Nadal Hints Tennis Might Need To Make Changes In The Future

Posted by Tom Gainey on March 13th, 2017 @ 4:42 pm

With players getting taller and stronger, Rafael Nadal suggested that in the future tennis might need to make some changes to combat faster serving.

Specifically, Nadal think the net needs to be higher to account for players just being taller.

“Is true that looking forward, you know, looking five, ten years in front, you see every time the people is taller,” Nadal said Sunday after beating Guido Pella at Indian Wells. “Every …

Andy Murray Still Has No Explanation Why He Struggles So Much At Indian Wells

Posted by Tom Gainey on March 13th, 2017 @ 4:31 pm

All his rivals – Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal – have won Indian Wells multiple times, yet Andy Murray is still winless. With perhaps the best draw he’s had in the desert and having just won Dubai for a first time, Murray was a popular pick to finally join the group and win his first title at Indian Wells.

But the trend held again as Murray was stunned …

Muguruza Survives Day, Cibulkova Saves Match Point At Indian Wells; Kerber, Keys Today

Posted by Staff on March 13th, 2017 @ 9:09 am

Just 17, Kayla Day had now fear of reigning French Open champion Garbine Muguruza Sunday in the third round at Indian wells. The young American took the opening set, fought hard in the second but came up short in the third in a 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 loss to the Spaniard.

“Obviously I was pretty upset after my match, because it didn’t go the way I wanted it in the end,” said …

Federer, Nadal Roll, Djokovic Escapes At Indian Wells; Isner-Monfils Tonight

Posted by Staff on March 13th, 2017 @ 8:52 am

The “Quarter of Death” officially began Sunday at Indian Wells and things went according to plans with all higher seeds advancing.

Rafael Nadal went down an early break to Guido Pella before getting back into gear for a 6-3, 6-2.

“It was a solid match,” said Nadal. “It was a first-round match where I didn’t try to do amazing things. I tried to play solid. I tried to find the rhythm and …

Caroline Wozniacki Isn’t Thrilled Maria Sharapova Can Get Wildcards After Drug Ban

Posted by Tom Gainey on March 12th, 2017 @ 2:52 pm

A growing number of players have voiced their disapproval of Maria Sharapova making use of wildcards in her return to tennis from a 15-month drug ban …

Taylor Fritz: Nothing’s Changed Since I Became A Father

Posted by Tom Gainey on March 12th, 2017 @ 2:35 pm

Just 19, Taylor Fritz is already juggling more than most of his peers. Among the best of a young group of hopefuls, Fritz already has the expectations of carrying the American flag in men’s tennis, and now he has the duty of being a father.

Fritz and wife Racquel Pedraza welcomed a new baby boy to their family in January. Fritz, however, says the baby won’t change much as far as …

Halep, Keys Make Successful Returns to WTA Tour at Indian Wells

Posted by Staff on March 12th, 2017 @ 1:59 am

Six lower seeds were defeated but the Top 10 players in action cruised on Saturday at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.

No. 2 seed Angelique Kerber, who will again rise to the No. 1 spot on the WTA Rankings following Indian Wells, in her opener rolled past fellow German Andrea Petkovic 6-2, 6-1.

“It was not so easy,” Kerber said afterwards. “We’ve known each other forever, and it’s always …

Pospisil Shocks Murray in 2nd Rd. at Indian Wells; Djokovic, Nadal, Federer Today

Posted by Staff on March 12th, 2017 @ 12:47 am

Unseeded Canadian Vasek Pospisil, ranked outside the Top 100 after a down 2016, on Saturday night upset world No. 1 Andy Murray 6-4, 7-6(5) in the second round at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.

It was the second loss for Murray this year to a net-rushing opponent.

“I didn’t serve particularly well tonight, which didn’t help things. And then in the second set, he started to play more aggressively,” …

Pliskova Comes Back on Puig; Venus-Jankovic Saturday At Indian Wells

Posted by Staff on March 11th, 2017 @ 12:16 pm

US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova found herself down 3-0 in the final set to rMonica Puig before winning six of the last seven games to deny the reigning gold medallist 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the second round at Indian Wells Friday night.

“I’m definitely happy I had my serve today; it was working with me, especially in the third set when I was 0-3 down,” Pliskova said. “I’m happy with the …

Murray Opens Bid For First Indian Wells Title Tonight; Djokovic, Sick Nadal Win Doubles

Posted by Staff on March 11th, 2017 @ 11:58 am

Andy Murray begins his bid for a first Indian Wells title tonight against Canadian Vasek Pospisil. Murray’s only been to the finals once at the event — in 2009 — but the outlook is high for the World No. 1 with all his main rivals including Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on the other side of the draw and in the same quarter.

“It’s an amazing draw. I’ve never …