BNP PARIBAS OPEN 2014
Gonzalez Saves 4 M.P. For First Tour-Level Victory
Indian Wells, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
Gonzalez, who dropped his first six matches on the ATP World Tour entering the week, rallied from an early deficit to upend Adrian Mannarino by the slimmest of margins, 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(6). A three-time champion on the ATP Challenger Tour in 2013, the World No. 91 joins fellow Colombians Alejandro Falla and Santiago Giraldo in the second round.
In other action, Austrian young gun Dominic Thiem won his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 match in his first such tournament, striking 26 winners to defeat fellow qualifier Daniel Kosakowski 6-2, 7-5. Thiem will next face 21st-seeded Gilles Simon, with a potential battle with another Frenchman, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, on the horizon in the third round. Thiem pushed Tsonga to a final set tie-break in the Vienna quarter-finals last year.
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Tsonga will duel with Julien Benneteau in the second round after the nine-time ATP World Tour finalist dispatched qualifier Daniel Munoz de la Nava 3-6, 6-1, 6-3, firing nine aces and converting five of 13 break points for the victory in just over two hours.
Also in the bottom half of the draw, former World No. 15 Feliciano Lopez fought past Dudi Sela 7-5, 6-3, for his 72nd match win at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level. Lopez will provide sixth seed Juan Martin del Potro his first test of the tournament in the second round when they meet for the eighth time.
Also advancing on Day Two of the first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event of the year was Paolo Lorenzi, who continued his strong form following a runner-up finish in Sao Paulo last week, and Romanian veteran Victor Hanescu, who is slated to face World No. 2 Novak Djokovic for a spot in the third round.
Roberto Bautista-Agut earned a clash with fourth seed Tomas Berdych after the Spaniard denied wild card Steve Johnson his first win in the Coachella Valley, 6-3, 6-3. Bautista-Agut stunned Berdych en route to the Chennai final in 2013.