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BNP Paribas Open: Comfortable victories for Djokovic and Murray



TENNIS BNP PARIBAS OPEN – Novak Djokovic started his title defence with a 6-1 6-3 win over Marcos Baghdatis in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open. Andy Murray, runner-up at Indian Wells in 2009, eased past Canadian Vasek Pospisil with 6-1 6-3. Diego Sampaolo


Novak Djokovic improved his winning record to 8-0 in his head-to-head matches against Marcos Baghdatis with a easy 6-1 6.3 win to advance to the third round. Djokovic is bidding to win his fourth title at Indian Wells and become the 12th player in the Open Era to win 50 titles.

Nole fought back from 15-40 in the second game on Baghdatis’ serve to break. The Serbian player took control of the match and got another break at 4-1 before holding serve in the next game to wrap up the first set with 6-1. Djokovic hit 10 winners to 3 unforced errors in the first set.

The second set went on serve until the fifth game when Djokovic broke serve with a return winner and a service winner before holding serve in the sixth game to pull away to 4-2. Djokovic earned two match points on Bagdhatis’ serve at 5-3 and wrapped up the match on the second opportunity.

Djokovic will take on Albert Ramos in the third round before a possible clash against John Isner in the fourth round if the US player beats Kevin Anderson in the third round.

Isner beat Jurgen Melzer 6-3 6-4 after 68 minutes winning 92 percent of his first serve points.

Isner lost the semifinal against Djokovic in last year’s edition at Indian Wells and finished runner-up to Roger Federer in 2012.

Andy Murray, who finished runner-up to Rafa Nadal at Indian Wells in 2009, made a winning start to the tournament with a 6-1 6-3 win over Vasek Pospisil. The Scotsman broke three times in the first set. Pospisil won 33 percent of his first serve points and committed 10 unforced errors. Pospisil broke serve at the start of the second set but Murray broke back in the next game. Pospisil saved two break points in the fourth game but Murray got the break in the eighth game before serving out for the match to love

Murray continued dominating the match breaking serve four more times.

Murray will face Phillip Kohlschreiber who dropped just four games in his 6-3 6-1 win over Tim Smyczek. The German broke serve twice in the first set and cruised to 5-0 in the second set. Smyczek avoided the bagel by winning his first game of the second set. Kohlschreiber clinched the win with an ace.

Murray edged Kohlschreiber 12-10 in the fifth set at the 2014 Roland Garros. He could meet Nishikori in the quarter final

Kei Nishikori did not play a great match but he beat Ryan Harrison 6-4 6-2. It was the second match in one month between the two players after Nishikori won Harrison in three sets in Memphis

Both players struggled to hold their serve in the first set and traded breaks seven times Nishikori clinched the first set on the third set point with 6-4 after 48 minutes. Nishikori committed less unforced errors in the second set (seven compared to 18 in the first set) and broke immediately. He got a break in the second set and held on to win the second set with 6-2 after one hour and 27 minutes. Nishikori, who reached the quarter final at each of his four tournaments this year, set up his next round match against Fernando Verdasco who beat James Duckworth 6-2 7-6. Verdasco, who reached the Round of 16 at Indian Wells last year, did not face any break point chances and converted on three of his break points.

There were ups and downs in the first set. The first match is always tough. In almost every game we couldn’t hold serve but we also returned well. That’s why there were a lot of breaks. In the second set I was playing an almost perfect game. I was hitting good serves. No break points. I didn’t face any break points. Luckily I got the first break, so it was easier mentally to hit a good shot”, said Nishikori.

David Ferrer came back from a set down to battle past Ivan Dodig 4-6 6-1 7-6 (8-6). Both players traded breaks at the start of the first set. Dodig rallied from 0-40 to break serve in the seventh game and managed to hold his serve until the end to win the first set with 6-4. Ferrer broke serve in the second game to 30. Ferrer saved three break points in the fifth game en route to winning the second set with 6-1. In the third set Dodig saved two break point chances in the second and the fourth game, while Ferrer fended off one break point in the fifth game. The decider went on serve until the 11th game when Ferrer got the crucial break. Dodig saved two match points forcing the decider to the tie-break. Dodig opened up a 2-0 lead but Ferrer broke back for 3-3 with a mini-break. Dodig got another mini-break for 4-3 and held serve for 5-3. Ferrer reeled off three consecutive points to take the 6-5 lead before clinching a hard-fought win on his fourth match point. Ferrer, who won three titles in Doha, Rio de Janeiro and Acapulco, will take on Bernard Tomic who beat Croatian rising star Borna Coric

Juan Monaco, this year’s runner-up in Buenos Aires, knocked out US Open champion Marin Cilic with a double 6-4.

Feliciano Lopez fought back from a set down to battle past Edouard Roger Vasselin 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 6-4.


Richard Gasquet reaches his first Masters 1000 semifinal since Miami 2013



Frenchman Richard Gasquet edged past this year’s Wimbledon semifinalist Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-2 after 2 hours and 12 minutes to reach his first Masters 1000 semifinal since the 2013 Miami Open.


 Gasquet missed six months of action after undergoing groin surgery last January.

The French player set up a semfinal against David Goffin, who reached the semifinal after his Japanese opponent Yoshihito Nishioka withdrew from the match due to illness.

The first set went on serve with no break points en route to the tie-break. Bautista Agut hit a backhand wide at 1-2. Gasquet sealed the tie-break when Bautista Agut hit a forehand long.

Bautista Agut earned two breaks of serve in the second set and sealed it, when Gasquet made his third double fault on set point.

Gasquet broke serve with a volley in the third game of the decisive set. The French player went up a double break to race out to 4-1 lead. He saved two break points to hold his serve at deuce before serving out the third set on his first match point.

“I know how tough it was to come back. I know the moments I had at the start of the year, so I just wanted to enjoy, to fight. It is not easy to come back after six months out, but I am here. I am in semis tomorrow”,said Gasquet.



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Danil Medvedev cruises past Jan-Lennard Struff to set up an all Russian quarter final against Andrey Rublev



Ninth seed Danil Medvedev cruised past Jan-Lennard Struff 6-3 6-1 in 66 minutes to reach the quarter final at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.


Medvedev committed just 12 unforced errors and won 18 of Struff’s 25 second serve points.

 Medvedev broke twice in the second and eighth games to win the first set 6-2. The young Russian player got two consecutive breaks in the second and fourth games to race out to a 4-0 lead and held his service game at deuce after saving a break point in the fifth game. Struff held his serve to get his first game on the scoreboard, but Medvedev sealed the win on his first match point. The Russian player has improved his head-to-head record to 3-0 againt Struff.

Medvedev has won 11 of his past 13 matches during the North American hard-court season. He has a solid 41-16 record this season. He finished runner in two consecutive finals to Nick Kyrgios at Washington and to Rafael Nadal in Montreal.  In the quarter final the Russian star will face his compatriot Andrey Rublev, who upset Roger Federer 6-3 6-4.

Recent Wimbledon semifinalist Roberto Bautista Agut cruised past Miomir Kecmanovic 6-1 6-2 in just under an hour setting up a quarter final against Richard Gasquet, who beat Diego Schwartzman 7-6 (8-6) 6-3.

Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka beat Australian player Alex De Minaur 7-5 6-4 in 83 minutes with one break in each set. Nishioka rallied from 4-6 down in the tie-break of the first set to edge Adrian Mannarino 7-6 (8-6) 6-2 in 1 hour and 37 minutes.

“It was a great match and I got better as it went on. I am feeling sharp. I am feeling great now and I am looking forward to the quarter finals of a Masters 1000. I have nothing to lose”, said Goffin.


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Roger Federer Crashes Out Of Cincinnati Masters

The seven-time champion has suffered a blow to his preparations for the US Open.



World No.3 Roger Federer has been knocked out of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati after falling in straight sets to Russia’s Andrey Rublev.


The 20-time grand slam champion struggled to find his range as he was overwhelmed by his fearless opponent during the 6-3, 6-4, loss. Despite the huge disparity in experience between the two, 21-year-old Rublev managed to dominate the majority of rallies with the help of some heavy hitting. Producing 17 winners to six unforced errors, compared to Federer’s tally of 19 and 20.

“I respect him a lot, I respect all the top players a lot, but today when I was going to court I was going there to win.” Rublev said during an interview with Amazon Prime.
“I was not going (to the match) to enjoy. I was going to fight, try to win and do my best.”

Rublev’s shock win saw the underdog outdo the Swiss maestro in almost every area of the match. Winning the most first serves (85% to 63%), second serves (57% to 63) and a bigger majority of points at the net (5/6 to 7/19). Breaking him twice in the opening set and once in the second. The Russian, who is 70th in the world, is the lowest ranked player to defeat Federer on the tour since Thanassi Kokkinakis at the 2018 Miami Open.

The loss leaves a mark on Federer’s impressive record in Cincinnati, which he has won a record seven times. It is the first time he has failed to reach the quarter-final stage since losing to Ivo Karlovic in the third round back in 2008.

“He was playing well. I was maybe struggling especially on the offensive, because overall I didn’t think I was feeling the ball badly.” Federer reflected during his press conference. “It’s just, you know, sort of fast-court conditions and when you sometimes then can’t rely on that serve to go or on the one-two punch, which I didn’t think was excellent today from my side, you need an opponent that maybe lets you get by some tougher moments, but he didn’t do that.”
“He was super clean. Defense, offense, serving well. Didn’t give me anything. He was everywhere. So it was tough for me, but excellent match by him. I was impressed.”

Rublev now has a meeting with compatriot Daniil Medvedev in what will be his first quarter-final at Masters level. Medvedev has reached the final of tournaments in Washington and at the Rogers Cup since Wimbledon. He is yet to drop a set this week and brushed aside Jan-Lennard Struff 6-2, 6-1, in his third round match.

“It’s going to be an interesting match for Russia.” Rublev previewed. “It will be a tough match for me because the way he plays. Nobody likes to play him.”
“I lost to him in a Challenger a few years ago, so it’s going to be interesting tomorrow.” He added.

The latest victory is only Rublev’s second over a top five player in his career. His first was against Dominic Thiem at the German Open last month.

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