Berdych Beat, Huge Line-Up Tuesday at ATP Indian Wells
by Staff | 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 think he give me a little bit of a chance. My body was feeling like I cannot move that much, but I just stayed focused and tried to fight. And then I found a way.”

His reward is a meeting with No. 3 seed Stan Wawrinka, who beat No. 28 Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-5, 6-3.

“The first set was not easy, for sure, but in general I’m happy with my game,” Wawrinka said. “I was serving well. I think I’m moving better and better and it’s all positive so far.”

Wawrinka and Nishioka have never shared a court, but the Swiss thinks he knows what he will encounter next round.

“I know how he’s playing — more from the baseline, using his power,” Warinka said of Nishioka. “It’s going to be interesting. I never practice with him, so it’s going to be the first time we’re going to be against each other. So I’m sure it’s going to be a good match.”

No. 10 seed Gael Monfils in the last night match defeated No. 20 John Isner 6-2, 6-4, and he will next meet No. 8 seed Dominic Thiem, who fended off the net-rushing game of No. 29 Mischa Zverev 6-1, 6-4.

Other seeded winners on the day were No. 11 David Goffin defeating No. 22 Albert Ramos 7-6(3), 6-4; No. 21 Pablo Carreno receiving a walkover against No. 16 Roberto Bautista Agut; and No. 27 Pablo Cuevas dismissing Fabio Fognini 6-1, 6-4.

Canadian Vasek Pospisil, who earlier ousted world No. 1 Andy Murray, fell to Serbian Dusan Lajovic 6-7(4), 6-3, 7-5.

Tuesday’s rich highlights at Indian Wells include (5) Rafael Nadal vs. (26) Fernando Verdasco in an all-Spanish encounter, (9) Roger Federer vs. (24) Steve Johnson, (2) Novak Djokovic vs. (31) Juan Martin del Potro, (15) Nick Kyrgios vs. (18) Alexander Zverev, and (12) Grigor Dimitrov vs. (17) Jack Sock.

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

RZ Says:

@AndyMira and others who are interested: I managed to upload just a few of my pics from the weekend. I’ll try to upload more on the weekend. You can see them here:

My photo of Andy isn’t great since I was quite far and it was a night match. But it seems like Deliciano doesn’t take any bad pics since it was the same match and his pic looks quite good. Also got a good pic of Rafa on the practice court.

@Jalep – I got a pic of your girl Halep in there for you.

Margot Says:

Thanks RZ. Brilliant. Looks a fab tournament. Did you see Fed at all?

Margot Says:

Bye bye Big Bird, down the slippery pole he goes.
Anyone seen Nishioka play? What’s his style? Unlike Poppit he’s backed up his win.

RZ Says:

@Margot – unfortunately no Fed sighting this year. I was hoping to catch him on the practice court Sunday afternoon but he ended up canceling (likely he practiced off site instead). 2nd time in 3 years he’s stood me up! He must be following Tennis-X and has realized that Andy replaced him as my favorite.

Margot Says:

Lol RZ :) Better luck next time!

AndyMira Says:

@RZ sis…thank u thank u thank u!!!…Awesome!!Love u!!

the_mind_reels Says:

@Margot: I bit the bullet and bought the 1-year TennisTV subscription just before Indian Wells, so I was able to tune in to Nishioka’s first round match versus Ymer last week. Nishioka definitely has potential, though his height (reported at 5’7) clearly impacts his serve, which should be a sitting duck for most top 50 players. Not much pop, and he really just uses it to start rallies.

I didn’t see the match yesterday, but judging by the stats, Berdych got breaks earlier on in the match; he just couldn’t protect his own serve. Nishioka is entertaining to watch, but I think Wawrinka will have his way with him. Still, for a young player, I’m optimistic he can give Japanese fans more to cheer about!

Kimberly Says:

Great bracket predictions by tennis-x, I believe both Murray and Berdych were picked to go very far.

Margot Says:

Thanks so much for that feedback, the_mind_reels. I’m always interested in new players. You say he’s short with not much pop on his serve then I guess he’s very quick round the court? He beat Karlovic I think, that must’ve been fun to watch.
I saw Andy beat K at Wimbledon a couple of years ago and K just towered over him at the net, and Andy’s no shorty!
*Waves* to Kimberly. *Hugs* to Colin. Yeah, genius picks myself….not ;)

skeezer Says:

Great shot of Rafa!

RZ Says:

Thanks Skeezer! I was lucky. The practice court was much too crowded so I had to climb to the top of the bleachers of an adjacent court (matches hadn’t started yet) to get the pic. Luckily my camera has decent zoom.

Kimberly Says:

hi Margot and friends! Watching indian wells but really more excited about next week. I have a three seat box for the full session!!!! Getting a nice hat and lots of sunscreen!

Daniel Says:

Seems Federer BH returners are still AO like. His timing is on and played a flawless tiebreak now to win first set.

Will start serving first second set. 1 set away from Fedal #36.

Hope for a cracker match tonight with Djoko x DelPo. As much as I like DelPo, want Djoko to win now. Want to see Djoko x the winner of Fedal in QF. This of course, if Djoko also gets revenge on Kyrgios.

BBB Says:

Berdych’s loss is really inexplicable. Will he blame Ivanisevic?

Daniel Says:

DelPo a break up but 0-40 on his serve now after Djoko closed a long game.

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