Djokovic Advances At Indian Wells, Kyrgios Crashes Out; Federer, Nadal Sunday
by Staff | March 10th, 2019, 11:36 am

Novak Djokovic made a successful return to tennis Saturday at Indian Wells. The Serb hadn’t played on tour since capturing the Australian Open title in January, but got through a tough match against Bjorn Fratangelo 7-6(5), 6-2 to win his 50th career match in the desert.

Fratangelo served for the opening set at 5-4, but Djokovic broke and took the ensuing breaker.

“Credit to him. He played well and had nothing to lose. I thought his backhand was terrific, [he] was taking it on the rise,” Djokovic said. “The first set was just hanging on to the ropes and trying to win that set. Then the second set, obviously with the first set under my belt, was slightly better. I ended the match in a positive fashion.”

After the win, Djokovic had some fun with Pete Sampras who was making a rare appearance at a tennis event.

“I have to admit I was a bit nervous. I don’t get to see Pete that often. I was pleasantly surprised to see him watching my match. It’s a thrill, obviously, to see someone that I looked up to when I was a kid. I think I tried too hard in the first set to impress him,” Djokovic said. “It was really nice, and I went up to him and I thanked him for coming.”

An anticipated showdown between Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios fell apart when predictably the Australian went down to Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 6-4.

“He’s an incredible competitor,” said Kyrgios. “I didn’t play my best tennis today, but on certain points where I maybe had a little sniff or a little chance to get into the match, he came up with a really good shot to break me in the first set.

“He’s just tough. He knows how to win tennis matches.”

Third seed Alexander Zverev had a light day as Martin Klizan had to return down 6-3, 2-0 due to an ankle injury.

Forty-year-old Ivo Karlovic upended countryman Borna Coric. UCLA standout Marcus Giron stunned Alex De Minaur and Milos Raonic eliminated Sam Querrey.

Frenchmen Gael Monfils and Gilles Simon were also winners as was Dominic Thiem in a late-night victory over Jordan Thompson.

The big surprise on the day was 18-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime’s comprehensive win over an in-form Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-2.

The Canadian who was 3-0 in juniors against Tsitsipas was unfazed by the Greek or by the stage, picking his first career Top 10 win.

Tstisipas finished 0-7 on break chances.

Sunday will see the debut of former champions and fan favorites Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Also, John Isner, Kei Nishikori and Denis Shapovalov are featured.

STADIUM 1 11:00 Am
3rd Rd (Q) Kateryna Kozlova v 2 Simona Halep
Followed By
2nd Rd Peter Gojowczyk v 4 Roger Federer
Followed By
3rd Rd 20 Garbiñe Muguruza v 10 Serena Williams
Not Before 6:00 Pm
2nd Rd (WC) Jared Donaldson v 2 Rafael Nadal
Not Before 8:00 Pm
3rd Rd (WC) Jennifer Brady v 12 Ashleigh Barty

STADIUM 2 11:00 Am
2nd Rd 6 Kei Nishikori v Adrian Mannarino
Followed By
3rd Rd 7 Kiki Bertens v Johanna Konta
Followed By
2nd Rd 8 John Isner v (Q) Alexei Popyrin
Not Before 6:00 Pm
3rd Rd 6 Elina Svitolina v Daria Gavrilova
Not Before 8:00 Pm
2nd Rd Novak Djokovic/Fabio Fognini v Rohan Bopanna/Denis Shapovalov

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10 Comments for Djokovic Advances At Indian Wells, Kyrgios Crashes Out; Federer, Nadal Sunday

Skeezer Says:

Fed cruising so far, looking fairly sharp. His opponent has discovered the un forced error game though so far.

Daniel Says:

Second set had a minor hiccup, bur got the break back. 0-30 yellow alert.

skeezer Says:

He’s through. Liked that he is hitting through his BH well when he does. Keep it up Fed.

FedExpress Says:

How tf can you slow down the court more than last year?

lylenubbins Says:

Felix looking good

lylenubbins Says:

Felix’s portion of the draw has really opened up. I believe he can get to the quarters without playing a seed, then will get Zverev, who he would have a shot at beating. This could be his breakthrough tournament.

Colin Says:

Hi J-Kath
I for one always look for references to Andy when I visit this site. He remains my favorite player, and it’s going to be hard for me to maintain my interest in the sport when he does call it a day.

I see his op was performed by a lady doctor, yet another bit of feminist publicity on his behalf. I like lady doctors myself. because they feel sorry for me as I look so tottery these days. Our National Health Service has been starved of funds by successive governments of all parties, but we still have a better life expectancy than Americans. I’m currently on three kinds of tablets and an equal number of nasal creams, all of which cost lots of money. It’ll cost even more when I have lens replacement surgery on my eyes, which are developing cataract I don’t fancy this op a bit, but apparently it doesn’t hurt. Then I should be able to see Andy’s attempted comeback more clearly.

Did you also note the praise for him from Kyrghios? If that frequently ill behaved guy likes him, Andy must be a lot nicer than the haters think, who still make him out to be a creature of pure evil.

j-kath Says:

Hi Colin – Didn’t realise you were a Brit.
Funny you should mention Andy – 2 minutes ago I posted a “Metro” article to RZ on another thread – if you don’t find it let me know. Great it – don’t be put off by the tale-end of the article which is dated.

Didn’t note Kyrgios recent praise for Andy – but know they have a good laugh together…..and Andy teases him (probably for a purpose) when Kyrgios becomes Jekyll and Hyde.

Yes, I too will find tennis less fascinating when Andy isn’t in the mix.

Re. NHS – Yes – agree – starved of funds when I think of the billions Chris Grayling has wasted re Brexit my blood boils.
PS: Why not have one eye done and wait awhile? Anyone whom I know who has had it done chose one eye at a time as it takes a wee while to recover. I hope you are only “tottery” because of your eyes.

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