Big Men Del Potro, Querrey, Raonic Advance At Indian Wells, Cilic Out; Federer Leads 4th RD Wed.
by Staff | March 14th, 2018, 10:30 am

The big men took the center stage Tuesday at the Indian Wells Masters, and three advanced while recent Australian Open finalist Marin Cilic fell to Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 6-4.

It was the German’s fifth win in six tries on hard courts against Cilic, and ends a streak of 13 straight losses to Top 10 players.

“Very happy,” Kohlschreiber said. “I think my performance worked quite well from the start. I felt like Marin was maybe a bit nervous. I felt good. Played aggressive.”

Kohlschreiber next takes on Pierre-Hugues Herber who advanced when his countryman Gael Monfils retired with a back injury down 6-3, 2-1.

“I hurt my back in the second game, then it got worse and worse,” said Monfils. “I couldn’t really move on the court. I asked Carlos to call the trainer because I couldn’t move.”

Recent Acapulco champ Juan Martin del Potro ran his win streak to seven after beating David Ferrer 6-4, 7-6(3).

“I couldn’t break at the beginning of the match,” said del Potro who was just 1-of-16 on break chances. “I lost many opportunities to start even better the match, and I got frustration after all those points. I was waiting on more chances, and the chances came in the end of the set, and finally I took one,” Del Potro said. “Then I played solid every service game, and I think I played much better than him in the tie-break.”

Del Potro, who made the Indian Wells final in 2013, will battle countryman Leonardo Mayer today.

“We practice a lot together. We train at the same club in Buenos Aires. We grow up together. We win the Davis Cup together. And we have dinners together and we spend a lot of time together,” del Potro said. “It will be a special match for both. And I know if he has a good day, he’s a very dangerous guy, and he plays solid from the baseline. He plays very flat, and his serves are good enough to beat me or to beat anyone on tour.”

In was a mixed day for Americans. Sam Querrey was a winner edging in three but 2017 semifinalist Jack Sock fell to Feliciano Lopez 6-4 in the third.

2016 runner-up Milos Raonic quietly moved on beating Joao Sousa 7-5, 4-6, 6-2. Raonic has former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis today in the fourth round.

Also today, Roger Federer returns hoping to up his win streak to 15 against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy. Australian Open semifinalist Hyeon Chung challenges Pablo Cuevas, former semifinalist Pablo Carreno Busta tests US Open finalist Kevin Anderson and the hot-handed Borna Coric tries to stop Taylor Fritz’s best Masters.


STADIUM 1 Starts At 11:00 Am
4th Rd Taylor Fritz VS Borna Coric
Not Before 1:00 Pm
QF -1 Simona Halep VS Petra Martic
Followed By
4th Rd -1 Roger Federer VS Jeremy Chardy
Followed By
4th Rd -6 Juan Martin Del Potro VS Leonardo Mayer
Not Before 7:00 Pm
QF Naomi Osaka VS -5 Karolina Pliskova
Not Before 8:30 Pm
4th Rd (Q) Marcos Baghdatis VS -32 Milos Raonic

STADIUM 2 Starts At 11:00 Am
4th Rd -23 Hyeon Chung VS -30 Pablo Cuevas
Not Before 1:00 Pm
4th Rd Pierre-Hugues Herbert VS -31 Philipp Kohlschreiber
Followed By
4th Rd -11 Pablo Carreno Busta VS -7 Kevin Anderson
Not Before 6:00 Pm
4th Rd -28 Feliciano Lopez VS -18 Sam Querrey

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15 Comments for Big Men Del Potro, Querrey, Raonic Advance At Indian Wells, Cilic Out; Federer Leads 4th RD Wed.

Daniel Says:

Wow, Chung demolishing Cuevas, is he hurt? Because he is a pretty decent player to be trahsed 6-1, 6-0.
Coric winning the battle of younglings

Giles Says:

Chung bt Cuevas 6-1 6-3.

Daniel Says:

Giles, when I posted Chung was serving 5-0, but he got broken. Cuevas held and broke again for 3-5 before Ching broke him to close the match.

Daniel Says:

Fed through without facing a single BP and imperious on first serves win.

One more match to secure #1 ranking until at least end of Miami. Chung next.

Margot Says:

I was watching and suddenly, with nothing to lose, Cuevas started to play like a daemon, how many times have I seen this happen, and Chung couldn’t shake him off.

Van Persie Says:

Cuevas started to play like a daemon, but Chung was also frustrated because of those missed match points, when he could have bageled Cuevas ins the 2nd.

j-kath Says:

And so it continues, Dominic joins the walking wounded.

RZ Says:

Thiem played most of his match injured before retiring. Should have stopped earlier. He might have had a faster recovery.

RZ Says:

Young guys Chung and Coric are having a good tournament, but I also want to give props to Kohlschreiber, Chardy, and Baghdatis for having a good tournament.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

1) Terrible news about Thiem. He was set to be a real threat on clay, this could derail that completely. he won’t be able to even run for a month. Even in the best case, his fitness and practice level will be badly compromised for the start of clay.

2) The tour is getting ridiculous right now. I don’t think its anything systematic, as nothing has really changed in the schedule. Seems to be, as has been said, a combination of age of the best players (never has there been so many top players over 29) and bad luck. But its severely diminishing the quality of the tournaments. Indian Wells felt like a 500 calibre line-up even before Thiem, Zverev and Dmitrov went out early. Novak, Andy, Rafa, Stan… COME HOME! Hope Novak, at least, will be in Miami. What of Stan?

3) That all said… its great to see Del Potro on a tear, Raonic coming back, and Chung and Coric making real runs. Plus, of course, Roger! Should be a great match between he and Chung today.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Yes, RZ, nice to see Kohls, Lopez and Baggy getting some late career wins. Don’t know any of the three very well, but they seem like three of the smiliest players on tour.

Humble Rafa Says:

Feel sad for Timmy boy. He could have had a good clay court season. Good kid too, I have thought about adopting him.

Humble Rafa Says:

Asia Man 2 is doing the continent a lot of good while Asia Man 1 is recovering. Not every country/continent gets a quality back up like this.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Apparently Fed beat Chardy without dropping a single first serve point – fifth time in his career. He won 90% of all points on his serve.
For those wondering if Fed is really playing that great, or more benefiting from the absence of top tier competition.

With 1 more win, he also will match his best start of all time.

j-kath Says:

TV: Nole is (so far) expected to play at Miami.

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