BNP PARIBAS OPEN 2013
Federer, Nadal Headline Monday's Play In Indian Wells
Indian Wells, U.S.A.
by Greg Sharko|
MONDAY PREVIEW – THREE FORMER NO. 1s HIGHLIGHT DAY FIVE THIRD ROUND ACTION
• Three former World No. 1s are in action Monday at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Leading the way is Roger Federer, who has held No. 1 a record 302 weeks. The others are Rafael Nadal, who spent 102 weeks and Lleyton Hewitt, who has ranked 82 weeks at No. 1.
• In the second match on, two-time champion and No. 5 seed Rafael Nadal of Spain brings a 2-0 record against Argentinian Leonardo Mayer. In their first match Nadal never faced a break point and in the second meeting in the quarter-finals in Acapulco, he saved both break points he faced. Nadal returned to the hard courts for the first time in 346 days on Saturday as he defeated American Ryan Harrison 76(3) 62 to advance to the third round here for the ninth time. He has reached the semi-finals or better the past seven years here and owns a 36-6 career record. The only time he failed to reach the semi-finals was in his tournament debut in 2004 (l. to Calleri), he did not play here in 2005. The 25-year-old Mayer advanced to third round for the first time at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event with a 64 62 win over No. 28 Julien Benneteau on Saturday. The Buenos Aires resident is looking for his first career Top 10 win (0-11). He has a 7-18 career mark (0-2 in 2013) against left-handers.
• The last match of the day session is a first-time meeting between World No. 2 Roger Federer of Switzerland and Ivan Dodig of Croatia. Federer enters the third round match with an 11-3 match record on the season and he is playing in his fourth event of the year. Last year he defeated Milos Raonic in three-sets at this stage. The four-time champion here (2004, ’05, ’06, ’12), is playing here for the 13th straight year, with a career record of 40-8. He has an overall ATP World Tour Masters 1000 record of 270-78, with 21 titles in 33 finals. The 28-year-old Dodig advanced to the third round of an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event for just the second time in his career, previously in Montreal in 2011 (d. Nadal in 2R, l. to Tipsarevic). Has a career record of 3-12 (0-1 in 2013) vs. Top 10 opponents. His last win was last year over No. 5 Tsonga in the quarter-finals at London / Queen’s Club.
• In the last match of the evening session Aussie tour veteran Lleyton Hewitt squares off with the Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka for the third time (series tied 1-1). The 32-year-old Hewitt is a two-time BNP Paribas Open champion (2002-2003) and the last time he reached the fourth round here was in ‘08 (l. to Fish). The last time he reached the fourth round of an ATP Masters 1000 was in ‘09 when he reached the quarter-finals at Cincinnati (l. to Federer). The 27-year-old Wawrinka is a two-time quarter-finalist here (2008, ’11) and has a career tournament record of 12-5. Last year the former world No. 9 and Swiss No.2 finished in Top 20 for second year in a row and third time in his career (2008).
• On Stadium 2, there are three matches, including Kevin Anderson of South Africa, who is looking to improve to 4-0 over Jarkko Nieminen of Finland; Andreas Seppi of Italy takes on qualifier Ernests Gulbis for the fifth time (Gulbis leads 3-1) and No. 6 seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic faces Florian Mayer of Germany for the fifth time on the ATP World Tour (Berdych leads 4-0).
• SEEDS REMAINING – There are 21 seeds (of 32) left in the third round, including 11 of the Top 16. The highest seeds out are: No. 4 David Ferrer and No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic.
• COUNTRY COUNT – There are 20 countries remaining in the third round, led by France (4), Argentina (3) and Germany (3). There are two players from: Australia, Croatia, Spain, Switzerland and U.S.