BNP PARIBAS OPEN 2014
Bryans Begin Indian Wells Defence
Indian Wells, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
Americans Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan made a strong start to their BNP Paribas Open title defence, defeating Scott Lipsky and Florian Mayer 6-1, 6-3 on Saturday in Indian Wells. The Bryans won the Indian Wells title for the first time last year, in their 15th appearance at the season's first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament.
Richard Gasquet and Jonathan Erlich survived an onslaught from the Polish Power of Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski, 4-6, 7-5, 11-9. Erlich, the 2008 champion alongside fellow Israeli Andy Ram, is partnering with Gasquet for the first time.
Gasquet's countrymen Nicolas Mahut and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, finalists in Metz last year, defeated Kevin Anderson and Robin Haase 7-5, 7-6(3), and will next face the No. 7 seeds Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic. The Canadian-Serbian tandem, runners-up in Indian Wells in 2008 and 2010, edged Marin Cilic and Juan Martin del Potro 4-6, 6-3, 10-8.
Meanwhile, in a high-profile battle between Australian Open finalists Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen and No. 2 seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares, the Austrian-Brazilian duo emerged victorious 2-6, 7-6(4), 10-6.
Milos Raonic returned to the court following his singles match and teamed up with Ernests Gulbis for a 7-6(3), 6-1 in over the Serbian wild card duo of Novak Djokovic and Filip Krajinovic. Raonic and Gulbis go on to face Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka.