BNP PARIBAS OPEN 2013
Fab Four Aim To Clinch Indian Wells QF Berths Wednesday
Indian Wells, U.S.A.
by Greg Sharko|
WEDNESDAY PREVIEW – EIGHT OF TOP 10 IN EMIRATES ATP RANKINGS LEAD WAY IN 4th ROUND
• The entire fourth round line-up of the BNP Paribas Open takes the courts of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Wednesday with the five players who have won the last 32 Grand Slam titles (since ’05 Roland Garros) all in action. There are eight of the Top 10 players in the Emirates ATP Rankings left.
• First up is the No. 3 Frenchman Gilles Simon taking on top South African Kevin Anderson for the first time. Simon, one of a tournament-high three Frenchmen remaining, is looking to reach his 10th career ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarter-final and second in a row here. Anderson, one of three unseeded players left, is trying to reach his second career ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final. He was a quarter-finalist in Miami in 2011.
• The third match on features Swiss countrymen No. 2 and reigning champ Roger Federer and No. 18 Stanislas Wawrinka squaring off for the 14th time (Federer leads 12-1). Wawrinka’s only win came on clay four years ago at ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo. Federer has won 27 of 31 sets played and is 9-0 on hard courts. Federer is chasing his first ATP World Tour title since August when he triumphed at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati (d. Djokovic). This season he has been a semi-finalist at the Australian Open (l. to Murray) and Dubai (l. to Berdych) and reached the quarter-finals in Rotterdam (l. to Benneteau). Wawrinka is looking to reach the quarter-finals here for the third time (2008, ’11).
• Next up is two-time champion and No. 5 seed Rafael Nadal of Spain against Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis. Nadal is 4-0 lifetime against Gulbis, who comes in with a 13-match winning streak (eight main draw, five qualifying) after defeating Andreas Seppi 57 63 64 on Monday. He is playing his 14th match in 19 days. Nadal is playing his second match since winning the title at Acapulco on March 2 as he received a walkover on Monday when Leonardo Mayer withdrew with a back injury. Nadal has reached the semi-finals or better the past seven years here and owns a 36-6 career record here. The only time he failed to reach the semi-finals was in his tournament debut in 2004 (l. to Calleri in 3rd Rd.), he did not play here in 2005. Gulbis is looking to reach the quarter-finals here for the first time and his fourth overall at an ATP Masters 1000 tournament.
• In the evening session, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic brings a 20-match winning streak against the last player to beat him, No. 23 seed Sam Querrey. The Serb leads the American 4-1 in their head-to-head
Last Oct. 31, the 25-year-old Querrey recorded the biggest match win of his career when he beat then No. 2 Djokovic 06 76(5) 64 at the ATP Masters 1000 Paris. Having won just 10 points in the 20-minute first set, Querrey bounced back, finishing with 18 aces and saving six of 10 break points. This is the second-longest winning streak in Djokovic’s career (won 43 in a row in 2010-11).
• On Stadium 2 there are four matches, No. 17 seed Milos Raonic faces No. 8 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for the second time (Tsonga leads 1-0); No. 6 seed Tomas Berdych plays No. 10 seed Richard Gasquet, both of whom have reached the quarter-finals here once, Berdych in 2010 and Gasquet in 2011; Andy Murray faces Carlos Berlocq, who is looking to reach the quarter-finals of a Masters event for the first time; No. 19 seed Tommy Haas, the oldest player in the draw looks for his first win over No. 7 seed Juan Martin del Porto (del Potro leads 3-0).