Big 3 Federer, Nadal, Djokovic On Today At Indian Wells; Zverev Out
by Staff | March 12th, 2019, 10:47 am

Because of late evening showers at Indian Wells, Novak Djokovic was only able to play one against Philipp Kohlschreiber, so the Serb will be forced to finish today as part of a very star-heavy line which also includes Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Djokovic’s match was the only third round of the top half to not finish. His (or Kohlschreiber’s) opponent awaits tomorrow, and that’s Gael Monfils who cruised to a 6-0, 6-3 win over Albert Ramos-Vinolas.

The big news on the day was the elimination of No. 3 seed Alexander Zverev who fell to countryman Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3, 6-1.

Zverev was ill in his win over Martin Klizan in the last round, and today he didn’t feel any better.

“It’s about getting healthy and about recovering and preparing myself for Miami,” said Zverev referring to the virus he has. “Miami is the tournament I do well in, history-wise.”

“It’s about getting healthy and about recovering and preparing myself for Miami,” said Zverev, the 2018 Miami finalist (l. to Isner). “Miami is the tournament I do well in [compared to Indian Wells], history-wise.”

Milos Raonic will next face Struff. The Canadian overcame a 4-1 deficit in the third to former NCAA champion Marcus Giron before winning the last five games to score the win 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

Elsewhere, 40-year-old Ivo Karlovic took down Indian No. 1 Prajnesh Gunneswaren 6-3, 7-6(3). He’ll meet Dominic Thiem on Tuesday after the Austrian ran past Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-1.

It was a mixed day for teens. Canadian 18-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime came from a break down in the third but just fell short against Yoshihito Nishioka 6-7(2), 6-4, 7-6(5) in the best match of the day.

The 23-year-old Japanese led 5-1 in the third and held three match points, and in the breaker also led 5-3 but somehow hung on despite blowing those leads.

“It’s very tough to play in that situation,” Nishioka said. “Feeling very mad when he came back because I had a chance to win already, three match points. But he saved them with really good shots.

“I just tried my best and I found a way, finally.”

Despite the loss, it was another breakthrough for Auger-Aliassime who blew out Stefanos Tsitsipas earlier in the event.

“He just started playing high on my backhand. I wasn’t hitting as many forehands. I was struggling to dictate the points, struggling to move, the serve, as well. From there, it was tough,” Auger-Aliassime said. “It was tough to believe, because I wasn’t playing good at all. He was really dominating. Okay, I’m down match points. I’m like, ‘Okay, I’m going to try to win this one.’

“I eventually broke back 5-2, and then I saw a little bit of an opening… I was only one break down after that. I thought I might have a chance, maybe he’s going to get tight serving for the match. I gave myself a chance. I can be happy with myself for that.”

Nineteen-year-old lucky loser Miomir Kecmanovic continued his best Masters run upended Laslo Djere 6-2, 7-6(3). The Serb will now face Nishioka Tuesday for a spot in the quarters.

On Tuesday, Federer will collide with good friend and countryman Stan Wawrinka for a 25th time. Federer leads 21-3 but

“It’s going to be tough match, for sure,” Wawrinka said. “He’s the best player to ever play the sport. Stats against each other are really, really not in my favor. Yeah, I think it’s great for me.”

Nadal will try to preview Diego Schwartzman from obtaining his first ever Top 5 win (0-13). He leads the Argentine 6-0.

And Kei Nishikori will try to avenge a Dubai loss to Hubert Hurkacz. John Isner, Daniil Medvedev are also on court, and Denis Shapovalov meets Marin Cilic in a good one.

STADIUM 1 11:00 Am
Followed By
3rd Rd 25 Diego Schwartzman v 2 Rafael Nadal
Followed By
3rd Rd 1 Novak Djokovic v Philipp Kohlschreiber 10 to finish
Followed By
4th Rd Venus Williams v Mona Barthel

Not Before 6:00 Pm
3rd Rd Stan Wawrinka v 4 Roger Federer
Not Before 8:00 Pm
4th Rd 9 Aryna Sabalenka v 8 Angelique Kerber

STADIUM 2 11:00 Am
3rd Rd 6 Kei Nishikori v Hubert Hurkacz
Followed By
4th Rd Marketa Vondrousova v 2 Simona Halep
Followed By
2nd Rd Dominic Inglot-Franko Skugor v 4 Bob Bryan-Mike Bryan
Followed By
3rd Rd (Q) Radu Albot v 22 Kyle Edmund
Not Before 6:00 Pm
4th Rd 1 Naomi Osaka v 23 Belinda Bencic
Not Before 8:00 Pm
2nd Rd 3 Oliver Marach-Mate Pavic v (WC) Mackenzie McDonald-Reilly Opelka

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21 Comments for Big 3 Federer, Nadal, Djokovic On Today At Indian Wells; Zverev Out

SG1 Says:

Felix’s match was a real roller coaster-like affair. His serve was all over the place the last couple of sets.

It’s not hard to see the talent. No obvious weaknesses, lots of raw power from his game. He moves around the court beautifully. Very nice touch at net. And on the court he’s all business.

Like Shapovalov, he finds it difficult to dial it back and let his opponent beat themselves. Hopefully, as he matures, this part of his game will come around.

Wog Boy Says:

I don’t have good vibes about IW, bad luck Marko is in his box, as the matter of the fact too many people are suddenly in Nole’s box.

Wog Boy Says:

About the courts, Fedex is right, courts are painfully slow with high bounce, slower and higher than clay, it’s almost impossible to hit through the opponent, particularly at night, but yet Dr Ivo keep acing his 40 years of age:))

FedExpress Says:

Kohli wins the first set vs Nole

Such a good shotmaker and talented guy. If he wasnt mentally fragile he would be a top 10 player. He has all the shots. A bit like Nalbandian in form talent and mentality.

Daniel Says:

Bad path for Djoko now, losing his temper and game. He needs to get his act togther fast otherwise he can lose in too.

It seems Djoko is most vulnerable in earlier round lately. once he gets to QF and beyond, almost unplayable.

If the upset happens, huge hole in this side of the draw. Chance for Thiem and Raonic reach finals.

FedExpress Says:

I would say if Nole loses, Nadal cant lose it from there.

This court is just clay court. Total destruction of good quality tennis by slowing all courts on the tour.

FedExpress Says:

Set and break up.

If Kohli loses this he has himself to blame. I think he will still choke it.

The way he choked vs Murray in Dubai two years back was so painful.

FedExpress Says:

Okay. Double break up. Surley Kohli has it now.

FedExpress Says:

And gets broken.

Still one break. That would be an epic choke.

FedExpress Says:


Kohli will serve again for the match.

Would be the choke of the year.

FedExpress Says:

The guy from Augsburg has done it. Some close calls in the last game (one of Kohlis shot wasnt called out) but he deserved it.

skeezer Says:

Djoker needs a topspin lesson. Kohls could have played better. He did play well last round though…

Wog Boy Says:

Congratulations Kohli, well deserved.

Didn’t bother to watch second set, it was obvious that Nole didn’t come to play IW at 100%, now he can take his entourage that he brought from Serbia to America (brothers, in laws etc) for Grand Canyon sightseeing and show off Miami penthouse overlooking Atlantic Ocean, excatly what you did last year too, in line with your spiritual guidance.

Wog Boy Says:

“Djoker needs a topspin lesson.”

Really, and how many times excatly he has beaten the King of Topspin..without top spin lessons? Let me help you, 28 times, and how many times the other one has beaten the King of Topspin?

Nole didn’t come to play, he is looking for spiritual enlightenment:)

skeezer Says:

Lol WB. Apparently he didn’t bring “all that”. You can speculate on his walkabout, but by watching the entire match anyone could tell he was bothered by the journeyman’s topspin.

Wog Boy Says:

Very true;) same is he was bothered by his topspin in his previous 9 matches, with this loss their h2h is 8:2.

skeezer Says:

Did you see the looping topspin Kohl’s was displaying? Different than previous matches.
Oh ya, forgot, you did not watch.
He needs that topspin lesson. He obviously forgot how to handle it. Am sure he get fixed though, no worries. He employs a big group of helpers, no?

Van Persie Says:

oh, did not see any match from IW yet, very busy with work atm and different time zone as well :(
Surprised that Nole lost this match, but it happens.

Looks like we have a new genius in ATP (according to some): Kohlmann with the topspin. At least the appraisal of the underarmed serve from a few weeks ago is now overshadowed;)

I always liked Kohlschreiber , so congrats to him.

See Nole-Fogna will play semifinals, interesting, hope to get to see that match :)

Wog Boy Says:

While you are here to answer your question from the other thread few days ago, I will be in Belgrade 10/7-15/8 this year, we will stay in touch.
As for Nole, he was very lethargic, he has more important thing to do with his entourage, sightseeing in America. Bottom line, he did better than last year, he made it to third round;)
It looks like he and Fignini are having a fun in doubles, they obviously enjoy each other’s company.
As for Kohlimann, agree, very likeable dude, he reminds me on those cats/dogs that people put on dashboards and their head keep wobbling as the vehicle keeps moving, I am happy for him that he beat the best player in the world.

skeezer Says:

Fed over Wawa in straights. Great win. No Grand Canyon for Fed, apparently there is a tennis tournament to still play and compete.

Van Persie Says:


Ok, thanx for the info, we will stay in touch then.

As for Nole, yes, he gained at least a few ranking points:)…and not too much to defend for next year, lol

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