BNP PARIBAS OPEN 2013
Gulbis Continues Win Streak; Anderson Advances
Indian Wells, U.S.A.
"I should have won easier," said Gulbis. "I played better than him the first set. I played better than him the whole match, I think. It's just that the first match just mentally I destroyed myself, and that's what happened."
Gulbis, who became the first qualifier to win a title this season in Delray Beach prior to Indian Wells, prevailed over the Italian in two hour and eight minutes. He has won four straight meetings against Seppi.
The Latvian will aim to continue his run of form when he takes on two-time former champion Rafael Nadal for a place in the quarter-finals. Nadal advanced when Leonardo Mayer withdrew with a back injury.
"I believe that I can win," declared Gulbis. "I want to play as many matches as possible against these top guys. Sooner or later I'm going to win something and it's going to give me extra confidence. I need to beat the guys who are ranked No. 20 to 100 easier than I did let's say today."
Kevin Anderson backed up his victory over World No. 4 David Ferrer, dismissing Jarkko Nieminen 6-3, 6-1 to reach the fourth round for the first time. Anderson won 23 of his 24 first serve points and broke the Finn twice in each set to wrap up the win in just over an hour. He improved to 4-0 against Nieminen in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.
The South African is playing his second event since returning from right elbow surgery. He will look to reach his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarter-final when he plays the winner of an all-French contest between 13th seed Gilles Simon and Benoit Paire.