Nadal, Federer Open With Wins At Indian Wells; Djokovic Returns
by Staff | March 11th, 2019, 10:32 am

Tournament favorites Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal began their march to a semifinal showdown Sunday at Indian Wells.

The 5-time champion Federer looked good early on against Peter Gojowczyk 6-1, 7-5. The German was up on Federer 3-1 in the second and held more break chances later, but Federer hung on to win in straights.

“For the first round I actually felt really good. If I maybe would have served a little bit better, I think things would have gone faster,” Federer said. “But at the end it was a tough second set, and it’s maybe exactly what I needed.

“I think I played well in the first set and he didn’t, and then things go very quickly. The second set I think he saved some crucial break points with good serving. I think his serve really picked up,” Federer said. “I’m really happy I found a way in that second set.”

On Tuesday, Federer will now face friend and countryman Stan Wawrinka who outlasted Marton Fucsovics 6-4, 6-7(5), 7-5 in a grueling 3 hours, 24 minutes.

Nadal was on in the evening and crushed American Jared Donaldson 6-1, 6-1 in just 72 minutes.

“I always have good feelings on that court,” said Nadal. “I’ve played a lot of good tournaments here. And I really enjoy playing here. I always felt great. It’s an event that is a little bit different, because normally big events are in big cities. For the players, the organisation of this event is just fantastic. The work that they are doing is just amazing, the past couple of years. Larry Ellison and all his team is doing a great job.”

Next for Rafa is Diego Schwartzman who dropped just four games in a 6-3, 6-1 victory over another Spanaird, Roberto Carballes Baena.

Kei Nishikori needed a final set breaker to put away the tricky Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(4).

Denis Shapovalov made it three Canadians in the third round after he beat Steve Johnson. Big men Marin Cilic, John Isner, Karen Khachanov, Andrey Rublev and Daniil Medvedev also were winners.

Monday will see the return of 5-time winner Novak Djokovic who meets German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber for a 10th time, he leads 8-1 in their head-to-head.

Alexander Zverev faces countryman Jan-Lennard Struff and Milos Raonic meets former UCLA Bruin Marcus Giron. Raonic’s countryman Felix Auger-Aliassime is also in action along with Frenchmen Gilles Simon and Gael Monfils.

Stadium 1 11:00 Am
3rd Rd (Q) Marcos Giron v 13 Milos Raonic
Followed By
3rd Rd 3 Alexander Zverev v Jan-Lennard Struff
Followed By
3rd Rd Venus Williams v (Q) Christina Mchale
Not Before 6:00 Pm
3rd Rd 1 Naomi Osaka v 25 Danielle Collins
Not Before 8:00 Pm
3rd Rd 1 Novak Djokovic v Philipp Kohlschreiber

STADIUM 2 11:00 Am
3rd Rd (Q) Natalia Vikhlyantseva v 8 Angelique Kerber
Not Before 12:30 Pm
3rd Rd 9 Aryna Sabalenka v 24 Lesia Tsurenko
Followed By
3rd Rd 18 Gael Monfils v Albert Ramos-Vinolas
Followed By
3rd Rd (WC) Felix Auger-Aliassime v Yoshihito Nishioka
Not Before 6:00 Pm
2nd Rd Dominic Inglot-Franko Skugor v 4 Bob Bryan-Mike Bryan

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6 Comments for Nadal, Federer Open With Wins At Indian Wells; Djokovic Returns

RZ Says:

Hey everyone, I just got back from IW. Unfortunately both Roger and Rafa stood me up. They were scheduled for practice courts right next to each other on Saturday morning but both canceled since they weren’t playing till Sunday. Boo to them for that! Got to see some fun matches though. I love watching doubles and Herbert-Mahut vs Isner-Querrey was a high quality match with a lot of energy from the crowd. On a small side court, I got to see Barbara Strycova and Hseih Su-Wei from up close. They were terrific (especially Strycova, with her poaching and court movement). Best singles match I saw was Shapovalov vs Johnson. Both guys were playing well, and nice to see Shapovalov focused and willing to charge the net.

j-kath Says:

Hi RZ.

There’s not a lot of posting on Tx these days – is it because we have to sign in each time – or what?

Notice Sasha out again- Lendl not managing to brim him full of positivity? Or what?

I posted an article-update on Andy on another thread. As for the 3 Biggies R, R + Nole – seem to be at odds for the moment.

Anyways, welcome back.

RZ Says:

Hi J-Kath, thanks for posting that update on Andy. I really hope he’s able to come back for at least a few matches, but the most important thing is that he is pain free.

The signing in each time is a bit of a pain, but I was also really busy with work so that left little time for Tennis-X.

I forgot to mention that I got very close to Sasha at the tournament. I was walking to a side court when some security guys started yelling that they needed the walkway cleared. My friends and I moved to the side to wait and saw them bring Sasha past us to drive him back to the locker room on a golf cart. I didn’t have enough time to pull out the camera but it would have been a nice up close pic.

Giles Says:

What’s changed? Why do we have to sign in each time?

j-kath Says:

Giles; Signing in ??? Exactly. It’s a pain. Maybe because of problems with “social” sites, i.e Facebook etc.

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