Murray a Daddy Downer in Indian Wells; Rafa v Hot Sauce Today
by Staff | March 15th, 2016, 1:03 am

No. 2-seeded Andy Murray failed to take advantage of a break up in the third set of a tough-fought match, falling to Argentine Federico Delbonis 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(3) on Monday at Indian Wells.
“I have a couple of big wins, but in [this] situation [it] was special,” said Delbonis, who also beat Roger Federer three years ago. “For that tournament, for that surface, for me [it] is the best win.”

It was only Murray’s second match since the Australian Open and becoming a father, with the Brit withering in the windy conditions.

“The conditions here, I have just struggled with throughout my career,” said Murray, who through three sets had no aces, and only 25 winners to 44 unforced errors. “I have never really felt that I played my best tennis here.”

The 25-year-old Delbonis will next meet no. 13 seed Gael Monfils, who beat Spain’s Albert Ramos 6-1, 6-3.

Top 10-seeded winners on the day were No. 6 Tomas Berdych defeating Croat Borna Coric 6-1, 7-6(3); No. 8 Richard Gasquet outdueling the Ukraine’s No. 26 Alexandr “The Dog” Dolgopolov 2-6, 6-2, 6-1; and No. 10 Marin Cilic working past Argentine Leo Mayer 6-4, 6-3.

Berdych will next meet No. 12 seed Milos Raonic, who had an easy day when opponent and No. 17 seed Bernard Tomic retired trailing 6-2, 3-0 citing a wrist injury. Gasquet will next square off against Cilic.

No. 3 seed Stan Wawrinka was a winner in the late-night match, topping Russian Andrey Kuznetsov 6-4, 7-6(5). The Swiss will next face No. 15 seed David Goffin, who was a comeback winner on Monday 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 over Argentine Guido Pella.

Tuesday’s riches of highlights in Indian Wells are (4) Rafael Nadal vs. Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco in an all-Spanish, (5) Kei Nishikori vs. (30) Steve Johnson, (1) Noval Djokovic vs. (27) Philipp Kohlschreiber, (11) Dominic Thiem vs. (21) Jack Sock, (7) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs. (31) Sam Querrey, and (16) Gilles Simon vs. Alexander Zverev.

STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
ATP – [30] S. Johnson (USA) vs [5] K. Nishikori (JPN)
WTA – [3] A. Radwanska (POL) vs [19] J. Jankovic (SRB)
ATP – [4] R. Nadal (ESP) vs F. Verdasco (ESP)
WTA – [1] S. Williams (USA) vs [Q] K. Bondarenko (UKR)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [27] P. Kohlschreiber (GER)

Not Before 8:30 pm
WTA – M. Rybarikova (SVK) vs [9] R. Vinci (ITA)

STADIUM 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – [Q] N. Gibbs (USA) vs [8] P. Kvitova (CZE)
ATP – [9] J. Isner (USA) vs A. Mannarino (FRA)
ATP – [11] D. Thiem (AUT) vs [21] J. Sock (USA)
ATP – [31] S. Querrey (USA) vs [7] J. Tsonga (FRA)
WTA – [13] V. Azarenka (BLR) vs [26] S. Stosur (AUS)

Not Before 6:00 pm
WTA – [8] R. Atawo (USA) / A. Spears (USA) vs B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / C. Vandeweghe (USA)

STADIUM 3 start 11:00 am
ATP – A. Zverev (GER) vs [16] G. Simon (FRA)
ATP – [18] F. Lopez (ESP) vs [14] R. Bautista Agut (ESP)
WTA – B. Strycova (CZE) vs [5] S. Halep (ROU)
WTA – [18] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) vs [25] J. Konta (GBR)
WTA – D. Kasatkina (RUS) vs [12] T. Bacsinszky (SUI)

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28 Comments for Murray a Daddy Downer in Indian Wells; Rafa v Hot Sauce Today

Margot Says:

Kim and Sophia are going to Miami and it seems Andy can’t wait to get there. Do hope this doesn’t mean he’s going to be fantastic close to home and c**p everywhere else :(

AndyMira Says:

If vs muller,he’s been dragged 3 sets,vs verdasco would be the same,i predict 3 sets in tight score..2 of them will be 76 76 64,and he will spend more than 3 hours on court..if not that..he will be burned altogether by the “hot sauce”!

Michael Says:

Some entertaining matches on the anvil particularly Novak Vs Kohlschrieber and Rafa Vs Verdasco.

Van Persie Says:

Sorry that Murray is out from IW, did not expect this…hope that Nole will not follow him in his rush to Miami

danica Says:

Kohl is not the easiest player for Nole. And the time of the match may not go in Nole’s favor. It will be again cold and windy. California these days is wet and cold (and I hate it. Hope the drought stories will now be put to rest. )

Was very surprised to see Andy loose. Seems like IW is to Andy what Cincy is to Nole :/

J-Kath Says:

Re. Andy – Agree with the comments – may be if he’d been hypnotised and told it was an extra Davis Cup contest he’d have found his form.

..really surprised though, as he can usually handle windy conditions better than most…

….let’s hope Nole and Rafa find their form today.

Green Lady Says:

J-Kath Nole can flick a switch and play amazing just like that,plays crap and still wins,Rafa plays crap and loses more often than not,he doesnt have that luxury anymore….

J-Kath Says:

@ GL

Yep, Nole usually finds a way thru. As for Rafa, I would have wished a different opponent at this stage of the tournament for Rafa

nits Says:

I hope Rafa will win in three tight sets & djokovic in two sets

sisay Says:

Danica…no it is not the same bn andy and novak…novak has been in about four fanals in cincy and andy? How many finals has he been in iw?

Ben Pronin Says:

For me, as a fan, Indian Wells and Miami are so interchangeable. And we’ve seen lots of players do well back-to-back at these events. So it’s really just shocking how poor Murray’s results are in Indian Wells compared to Miami. On the flip side, outside of 2 titles back in his peak days, Federer has been pretty lackluster in Miami compared to Indian Wells.

It’s interesting, at least, particularly when Murray talks about the various adjustments he’s attempted in IW. Unfortunate loss for him but I have a feeling he’ll be joined by some big names soon.

chrisford1 Says:

Between Djokovic and Andy, Novak has been stronger across all the Masters. Besides IW, Andy has never gotten Paris Bercy, never won one of the 3 claycourt Masters until Madrid last year with a hobbled Rafa not able to keep up with him and Djokovic as usual, skipping the event.

Danica’s right in the sense that Andy would love to win IW, the so-called 5th Slam, like Nole wants Cincinnati.
Djokovic has been closer than Andy to getting the Masters they crave most these days.
STill, one reason it is called the Big 4 is while Novak, Roger, and Rafa all have mid-20s numbers in trophies attained with Andy only getting 11, the rest of the active ATP players have only won 1 time.

If “most MAsters” was a race, the 1st three would be bunched together in the lead, with Andy alone between the leaders and the pack, and the pack so far behind none of them were in sight of the other 4.

Andy’s 11 is a heck of an achievement, regardless of the the other 3 guys. HE’s 10th on the all-time list of Masters 1000 winner with his present numbers and should go a few spots higher.

anki Says:

Tough match for Novak in this form. He hates windy conditions, plus I really don’t know what is happening with him, crap at DC and now at IW. Wouldn’t be surprised if he is taken out by Kohli. Rafa was okay vs Muller. Think he will beat Verdasco comfortably.

J-Kath Says:

Now what are doing to Andy….putting him back to bed?

J-Kath Says:

Now what are THEY …..

jalep Says:

lol, got me again with the picture. Was worried Andy was in the hospital.

Van Persie Says:

Not a nice foto for Andy, seriously…

chrisford1 Says:

VP- better than “Bathtub Andy” but not by much.

AndyMira Says:

Wow..i never thought rafa will gave verdasco a bagel..never see it coming,..

Daniel Says:

Jesus, Verdasco served 5 times and couldn’t hold serve so far. Bizarre! Nadal gabe him a break back with 3 DF and even so he couldn’t hold the lead twice in second set even being 30-15 both times.

Daniel Says:

Finally he holds and he was up 40-15 and faced BP later. Seems the sun is bothering him and Nadal also is not serving particularly well.

Pauly Says:

Good win Rafa

AndyMira Says:

Yess!rafa won..i’ve not seeing rafa give this booming perfomance for a long time now..hope he will gain confidence from this..

Daniel Says:

Nadal almost complicate an easy match. Verdasco serve was of and even so he managed 6-3 tiebreak after some FH winners bombs. Nadal saved and Verdasco had 1 more on his serve and even so couldn’t close the set. he would have serve first third and with momentum ant thing could hapen.

But Nadal got a good win saving those multiple set points even with sub par play. Next Zverev.

Seems a Nadal x Kei quarters is almost assured. Could be a great match.

Djoko winning today and he gets Lopez next (avenge Dubai red eye)

Thiem amd Sock also on tiebreak

Dave Says:

The way Zverev is playing, nothing is assured. Nadal won’t take him for granted.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

I would definitely not count Zverev out against Rafa right now.

AndyMira Says:

@Dave..i’ve never seen zverev playing before but based on score when he eliminated a very experience player such as simon in such a manner..rafa should be wary..but if rafa can produce a perfomance like today..he has a chance..

J-Kath Says:

Well done, Rafa.

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