Djokovic, Murray, Fish win in Indian Wells
APINDIAN WELLS, California -- Novak Djokovic extended his winning streak to 19 matches with a 6-0, 5-7, 6-2 victory over Fabio Fognini in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday.
March 12, 2013, 12:19 am TWN
Djokovic held serve for a 5-2 lead in the final set, then had a pair of match points after a crisp forehand to the corner.
Fognini saved the first match point, but lost both his serve and the match when he hit a seemingly easy backhand into the net.
U.S. Open champion Andy Murray earlier had a 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 win over Evgeny Donskoy of Russia.
The third-seeded Murray had lost his opening match at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in each of the past two years.
He said he had no explanation for those results, but that he hadn't felt any different Sunday than he had a year ago, with one exception.
“I have not played a match for five weeks (since losing the Australian Open final to Djokovic on Jan. 27) so you can't expect to play your best tennis straightaway,” Murray said.
“He started off well and I started off slowly. Even once I got back into the match at 5-all (after being down 5-1 in the first set) he played some good stuff. Once I got into a rhythm, I was able to dictate more of the points.”
No. 8-seeded seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France beat wild card entry James Blake 7-6 (6), 6-4 and Mardy Fish earned a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 win over fellow American Bobby Reynolds.
Fish played his first competitive match of the year after not playing since last September because of a heart condition.
Fish lost only three points in winning the final four games.
He hasn't disclosed the precise nature of his problem because “it's not something that's very easy to talk about.”
“I'm going to play Miami (next week),” he said, “and then I'm going to assess it after that, Maybe step back and see how I feel, where I am personally, see after these two weeks if it's something I can still do at a high level. That will certainly be a question I'll ask. Hopefully I'll resume sort of a normal schedule, but we'll see.”
In other men's matches, No. 7 Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina ousted Nikolay Davydenko of Russia 6-3, 6-4; No. 19 Tommy Haas of Germany beat Pablo Andujar of Spain 6-3, 7-6 (0); Marinko Matosevic of Australia upset No. 14 Juan Monaco of Argentina 7-5, 6-0; Bjorn Phau of Germany beat No. 25 Jeremy Chardy of France, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4; No. 12 Marin Cilic of Croatia overcame Albert Ramos of Spain, 7-6 (7), 6-2; Carlos Berlocq of Argentina upset No. 22 Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3; Nicolas Almagro (11) of Spain topped Daniel Gimeno-Traver 7-5, 6-1; and Yen-hsun Lu of Taiwan beat No. 26 Martin Klizan of Croatia, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5).
Kei Nishikori of Japan, the 16th seed, beat qualifier Philipp Petzschner of Germany 6-3, 6-2 and No. 23 Sam Querrey defeated Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 6-4.
Women's No. 2 Maria Sharapova advanced to the fourth round with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain.
“I thought it was a tough one,” said Sharapova, whose fourth-round opponent will be Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino of Spain, who beat No. 14 Roberta Vinci of Italy 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.
No. 9 Marion Bartoli rallied from a 4-0 first-set deficit to beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 6-3; and No. 5 Petra Kvitova ousted qualifier Lesia Tsurenko 6-2, 7-6 (5).
In other third-round women's matches, No. 6 seed Sara Errani of Italy won in straight sets over Johanna Larsson of Sweden 6-3, 6-1; No. 13 Maria Kirilenko of Russia beat American qualifier Mallory Burdette 6-3, 4-6, 6-2; and No. 19 Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic beat No. 12 Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 6-4, 7-5.
Third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland was a 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4 winner over Sorana Cirstea of Romania.