BNP PARIBAS OPEN 2014
Verdasco Defeats Gasquet To Reach Fourth Round; Gulbis Edges Dimitrov
Indian Wells, U.S.A.
Spaniard Fernando Verdasco knocked out World No. 9 Richard Gasquet 7-6(5), 6-2 in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open, leaving Novak Djokovic as the last Top 10 player standing in the bottom half of the men’s draw.
Verdasco saved all eight break points faced, while converting two of his 10, for the one hour, 37-minute victory on Stadium 2. The former World No. 7, who now leads the FedEx ATP Head2Head against the Frenchman 8-7, also defeated Gasquet in the third round five years ago en route to his tournament-best quarter-final showing (l. to Federer).
The 30 year old will play the winner of Tuesday's night match, 12th seed and 2012 Indian Wells finalist John Isner, who hit 13 aces and lost six of his first service points to beat Yen-Hsun Lu 6-4, 6-4 in 68 minutes. Isner defeated Lu this past January in the Auckland final.
Ernests Gulbis, the No. 20 seed, hit 10 aces to win a dog fight against No. 15 seed Grigor Dimitrov 2-6, 6-1, 7-5 in just under two hours. Gulbis converted his third break point opportunity to go up 6-5 in the deciding set against the youngest player in the Top 20 of the Emirates ATP Rankings. He will next attempt to reach an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarter-final (or better) for the fifth time when he meets Roberto Bautista Agut. His last ATP World Tour Masters 1000 last eight run came last August in Montreal.
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Since teaming up with coach Roger Rasheed last October, 22-year-old Dimitrov has compiled a 21-6 match record, including two titles from eight tournaments.
Bautista Agut reached the fourth round after winning his second consecutive three-set match, edging Finnish veteran Jarkko Nieminen 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(6). The 53rd-ranked Bautista Agut had upset World No. 5 Tomas Berdych in the second round - his second win over a Top 10 player this season.