BNP PARIBAS OPEN 2014
Federer, Djokovic Lead Fourth Round Charge
Indian Wells, U.S.A.
The 96-man draw has been whittled down to just 16 players who are all in action on Day 7 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Leading the way is World No. 2 Novak Djokovic. The 26 year old goes up against the in-form Marin Cilic in the night session, with the Serb boasting a 7-0 lead in their FedEx Head2Head series. Djokovic is one of two former champions through to the fourth round.
The two-time winner is joined by Roger Federer, who lifted the title here in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2012. The Swiss reignites his long-standing rivalry with Tommy Haas on Stadium 1, with the former World No. 1 leading their Head2Head 12-3.
There are three non-seeded players through to the fourth round – all in the bottom half: Roberto Bautista Agut, Julien Benneteau and Feliciano Lopez, while 13 countries are represented, led by Spain (3) and Switzerland (2).
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Wawrinka will seek a 14th successive win when he takes on Kevin Anderson, who is bidding for his 150th victory, today. The Swiss, who currently sits at a career-high No. 3 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, opened the year in Chennai where he clinched the title without dropping a set (d. Roger-Vasselin in F). He then went on to post three Top 10 victories en route to winning his first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open (d. Nadal in F), before extending his streak further with a win over Dusan Lajovic in Switzerland’s Davis Cup clash against Serbia.
No. 24 seed Marin Cilic became the first player to reach 20 wins this season when he swept past Tommy Robredo in the third round. The Croat, who takes on Djokovic today, has had a solid start to 2014, collecting his 10th and 11th ATP World Tour titles at home in Zagreb (d. Haas) and in Delray Beach (d. Anderson). The 25 year old tops the 2014 match-win leaderboard:
|RANK||PLAYER||2014 W-L||RANK||PLAYER||2014 W-L|
|1||Marin Cilic||20-4||6||Tomas Berdych||16-4|
|2||Rafael Nadal||17-2||T7||Gulbis, Murray||14-4|
|3||Fabio Fognini||17-4||9||Stanislas Wawrinka||13-0|
|4||David Ferrer||17-5||T10||Monfils, Nishikori, Anderson||13-4|
|5||Roger Federer||16-2||13||Alexandr Dolgopolov||13-7|
Here’s a look at those players leading the way in some of the main serve and return stats this week:
|1ST SERVE PERCENTAGE||Novak Djokovic||78% (103/132)|
|1ST SERVE POINTS WON||John Isner||89% (65 of 73)|
|2ND SERVE POINTS WON||Marin Cilic||72% (38 of 53)|
|SERVICE GAMES WON||Isner, Wawrinka||100% (21, 18)|
|BREAK POINTS SAVED||Feliciano Lopez||88% (22/25)|
|RETURN GAMES WON||Andy Murray||45% (13/29)|
|BREAK POINTS CONVERTED||Alexandr Dolgopolov||70% (7/10)|
DAY 7 SELECTED FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS
 Milos Raonic (CAN) vs  Andy Murray (GBR)
FedEx Head 2 Head: Raonic leads 2-1
2012 Barcelona (Spain) Clay QF Milos Raonic 6-4 7-6(3)
2012 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R16 Andy Murray 6-4 6-4 6-2
2012 Tokyo (Japan) Hard SF Milos Raonic 6-3 6-7(5) 7-6(4)
• Raonic advanced to the 4R for the second year in a row with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Alejandro Falla. In his opening match, the Canadian hit 33 aces – the fourth highest aces tally of his career – in a 7-6(4), 4-6, 7-6(2) victory over Edouard Roger-Vasselin in two hours and 25 minutes.
• Raonic is making his fourth appearance at Indian Wells. His best showing came last year when he reached the 4R (l. to Tsonga in 3 sets).
• This is Raonic’s first outing since suffering a left ankle injury at the Australian Open in January. The 23-year-old reached the 3R in Melbourne (l. to Dimitrov).
• The top Canadian became the first player from his country and the first player born in the 1990s to crack the top 10 when he broke through on August 12 last year. He finished the season at a year-end high No. 11 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, highlighted by titles in San Jose, Bangkok and a maiden appearance in a ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final in Montreal (l. to Nadal).
• Raonic is 12-23 against top 10 players. He went 3-9 in 2013 with his last win coming against No. 6 Berdych in the Bangkok final last September (d. No. 9 Gasquet in SF also).
• Murray clinched his 20th win in Indian Wells, recovering from a set down to beat ‘ATP Star of Tomorrow’ Jiri Vesely 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-4. The No. 5 seed went a set down in his opening match also, before defeating Lukas Rosol 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to collect his 300th career win on hard courts.
• Murray has now recovered from a set down to win in four of his last five matches.
• Murray is making his ninth appearance here (20-8). His best showing came in 2009 (d. world No. 2 Federer tin SF, l. to No. 1 Nadal in F). He’s bidding to reach the QF here for the fifth time.
• Murray advanced to his first SF since undergoing back surgery in Acapulco two weeks ago, edging past No. 6 seed Gilles Simon 1-6, 7-6(4), 6-2 before falling to Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-7(3).
• Murray reached the QF at both the Australian Open (l. to Federer) and Rotterdam (l. to Cilic).
• Murray opened his season in Doha (l. to Mayer 1R), which was his first outing since leading Great Britain to victory over Croatia in the Davis Cup World Group play-offs on September 14. The Briton underwent back surgery nine days later, which put him out of action for the remainder of the year.
• Murray finished 2013 in the top four of the Emirates ATP Rankings for the sixth straight season. His year was highlighted by four titles, including a maiden crown at Wimbledon.
• Murray is the most decorated British man in the Open Era with 28 titles to his name. He has reached at least four finals in each of the past seven seasons.
 Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) vs  Kevin Anderson (RSA)
FedEx Head 2 Head: Wawrinka leads 3-0
2010 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami Hard R64 Wawrinka 6-4 7-5
2011 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Canada Hard R16 Wawrinka 6-4 4-6 6-4
2013 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Shanghai Hard R32 Wawrinka 6-4 3-6 7-6(5)
• Wawrinka, who is contesting an ATP tournament as the No. 1 Swiss player for the first time, advanced to the 4R with back-to-back straight set wins over Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 7-5 and Andreas Seppi 6-0, 6-2. He has yet to face a BP this week, winning an average of 87% of first-serve points.
• Wawrinka is appearing at the BNP Paribas Open for the seventh time (14-6). He has reached the QF twice, in 2008 (l. to Djokovic) and 2011 (l. to Federer).
• Wawrinka is 13-0 this season, opening his year with titles in Chennai (d. Roger-Vasselin) and at the Australian Open. In Melbourne, Wawrinka posted three top 10 wins in a row – No. 2 Djokovic, No, 7 Berdych and No. 1 Nadal – en route to his maiden Grand Slam victory.
• Wawrinka’s QF victory over Aljaz Bedene in Chennai this year was his 300th victory on the ATP World Tour. He became just the fourth Swiss player to reach the landmark after Roger Federer (923), Marc Rosset (433) and Jakob Hlasek (432).
• Wawrinka enjoyed a standout season in 2013. The Swiss native won a personal-best 51 matches (nine vs. top 10 opponents) and was the lone new addition to the year-end top 10. His prize money total of $2,880,925 was his highest return in a single season.
• Wawrinka reached the QF or better on 14 different occasions in 2013, including a SF appearance at the US Open. The 28-year-old was also just one of three players, including Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer, to end the year with 20+ wins on both clay and hard courts.
• Anderson reached the 4R for the second year in succession, firing down 14 aces en route to a 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 victory over lucky loser Evgeny Donskoy. The South African denied Lleyton Hewitt a 600th career win in the 2R, defeating the Australian 7-6(5), 6-4.
• Anderson is making his sixth appearance in Indian Wells. His best showing came last year when he defeated No. 4 Ferrer en route to the QF (l. to Berdych).
• Anderson is bidding for the 150th victory of his career today.
• Anderson has reached the final at his last two events in Delray Beach (l. to Cilic) and Acapulco (l. to Dimitrov). He became the first South African to reach back-to-back ATP World Tour finals since Wayne Ferreira won titles in Ostrava (d. Washington) and Lyon (d. Sampras) in October 1995.
• Anderson opened his season in Auckland where he fell in his opening match to lucky loser Steve Johnson. He went on to reach the R16 at the Australian Open, losing to world No. 7 Berdych.
• Anderson posted a career-best year in 2013. Despite missing a month after undergoing surgery on his right elbow in January, the South African became the first player from his country to finish the season inside the top 20 since Wayne Ferreira ended 2000 at No. 10. Anderson, who played NCAA tennis for three years at the University of Illinois, clinched 37 match wins during the year.
 Tommy Haas (GER) vs  Roger Federer (SUI)
FedEx Head 2 Head: Federer leads 12-3
2000 Sydney Olympics (Australia) Hard SF Haas 6-3 6-2
2000 Basel (Switzerland) Carpet R32 Federer 6-3 6-3
2002 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R16 Haas 7-6(3) 4-6 3-6 6-4 8-6
2002 ATP Masters Series Paris (France) Carpet R16 Federer 6-2 7-6(2)
2005 Halle (Germany) Grass SF Federer 6-4 7-6(9)
2006 Doha (Qatar) Hard SF Federer 6-3 6-3
2006 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R16 Federer 6-4 6-0 3-6 4-6 6-2
2006 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami Hard R32 Federer 6-1 6-3
2006 Halle (Germany) Grass SF Federer 6-4 6-7(4) 6-3
2007 Dubai (U.A.E.) Hard SF Federer 6-4 7-5
2009 Roland Garros (France) Clay R16 Federer 6-7(4) 5-7 6-4 6-0 6-2
2009 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass SF Federer 7-6(3) 7-5 6-3
2012 Halle (Germany) Grass F Haas 7-6(5) 6-4
2013 Halle (Germany) Grass SF Federer 3-6 6-3 6-4
2013 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati Hard R16 Federer 1-6 7-5 6-3
• Haas has yet to drop a set this week. The German opened his account with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Jeremy Chardy, saving two of two BPs, before breaking serve four times in his 7-6(3), 6-2 defeat of Kei Nishikori in the 3R.
• Haas is making his 14th appearance in Indian Wells (25-12). He has twice reached the QF: 2007 (l. to Murray) and 2008 (w/o vs Federer). He is bidding to reach the 4R for the sixth time today.
• Haas is bidding to reach the BNP Paribas Open QF for the first time since 2008.
• After falling in the 1R in Auckland (l. to Sock) and the Australian Open (l. to Garcia-Lopez), Haas reached the 28th ATP final of his career in Zagreb (l. to Cilic). He followed up with 2R defeats in Rotterdam (l. to Janowicz) and Delray Beach (l. to Johnson) before reaching the SF in Sao Paulo where he was forced to withdraw with a right shoulder injury against Lorenzi.
• Haas, who is the oldest player ranked in the top 100, finished 2013 inside the top 12 for the first time since 2007. He reached the QF or better on 11 occasions, winning titles in Munich and Vienna.
• Haas, 35, was the oldest player to finish the year inside the top 20 since Agassi (35) in 2005.
• Haas is 46-80 against top 10 opponents with his last victory coming over then world No. 1 Djokovic in Miami last year.
• Federer posted back-to-back straight set wins over Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-2, 7-6(5) and Dmitry Tursunov 7-6(7), 7-6(2) to advance to the 4R at the BNP Paribas Open for the ninth time.
• Federer is playing in Indian Wells for the 14th time (44-9). The former world No. 1 has captured the title here four times: 2004 (d. Henman), 2005 (d. Hewitt), 2006 (d. Blake) and 2012 (d. Isner).
• Federer has failed to reach the QF at the BNP Paribas Open just twice in his last 10 visits: 2010 (l. to Baghdatis in 3R) and 2007 (l. to Canas in 2R). He is attempting to reach the QF for the ninth time overall today.
• Federer clinched his first title of the season and 78th overall in Dubai last week (d. world No. 2 Djokovic in SF and No. 6 Berdych in F). The Swiss moved clear of John McEnroe (77 titles) into third place on the all-time title list with the win, behind Jimmy Connors (109) and Ivan Lendl (94).
• Federer opened his season with a run to the final in Brisbane (l. to Hewitt). At the Australian Open, he defeated No. 10 Tsonga and No. 4 Murray en route to the SF (l. to No. 1 Nadal).
• Federer was the oldest player to finish a season inside the top 10 since Andre Agassi (35) in 2005. He was also the first player since Pete Sampras (1990-2001) to finish in the top 10 12 years in a row. His streak of 11 straight years inside the top five came to an end, however.
 Marin Cilic (CRO) vs  Novak Djokovic (SRB)
FedEx Head 2 Head: Djokovic leads 7-0
2008 Dubai (U.A.E.) Hard R32 Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-3
2008 US Open (U.S.A.) Hard R32 Novak Djokovic 6-7(7) 7-5 6-4 7-6(0)
2009 Dubai (U.A.E.) Hard QF Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-4
2009 Beijing (China) Hard F Novak Djokovic 6-2 7-6(4)
2010 CRO vs. SRB WG QF (Croatia) Hard RR Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-3 6-2
2011 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Canada Hard R16 Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-2
2012 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati Hard QF Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-2
• Cilic became the first player to register 20 wins on the ATP World Tour this season when he swept past Tommy Robredo 6-4, 6-3 to reach the 4R at the BNP Paribas Open for the first time. The Croat defeated Italian qualifier Paolo Lorenzi 6-2, 6-2 in his opening match.
• Cilic is making his seventh BNP Paribas Open appearance in a row (6-6). The 25-year-old had never gone beyond the 3R at Indian Wells before this week.
• Cilic collected his 10th and 11th ATP World Tour titles at home in Zagreb (d. Haas) and in Delray Beach (d. Anderson) last month. The Croat tops the 2014 match-win leaderboard with 19 victories to his name. He also posted back-to-back top wins over world No. 10 Tsonga and No. 6 Murray en route to the final of the ATP World Tour 500 event in Rotterdam (l. to Berdych in F).
• Cilic has climbed 11 spots (No. 37 – 26) in the Emirates ATP Rankings since the start of the year.
• Cilic finished the 2013 season in the top 50 for a sixth consecutive year, winning a ninth career title.
• Cilic is 16-41 lifetime against top 10 opposition and 2-1 this year, posting wins over No. 10 Tsonga and No. 6 Murray en route to the final in Rotterdam (l. to Berdych).
• Djokovic advanced to the 4R for the eighth year in a row with a 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 win over Alejandro Gonzalez, who hadn’t won a Tour-level match before this week. The No. 2 seed collected the 550th win of his career in his opening round, seeing off Victor Hanescu 7-6(1), 6-2 in his opening match, saving five of five BPs in the process.
• Djokovic is making his ninth appearance in Indian Wells (32-6). He has lifted the title here twice, in 2008 (d. Fish) and 2011 (d. Nadal). The Serb has fallen in the SF the last two years in a row.
• Djokovic is bidding to reach the QF at Indian Wells for the seventh time today.
• Djokovic’s two previous competitive outings this year came at the Australian Open where he reached the QF (l. to eventual champ Wawrinka) and in Dubai where he advanced to the SF (l. to Federer).
• Djokovic finished 2013 in the top three for the seventh year in a row, winning seven titles in nine finals (2nd-most in career). He ended the year on a 24-match winning streak.
• Djokovic reached three Grand Slam finals for the third year in a row in 2013, highlighted by winning his sixth major at the Australian Open.
• On June 1 last year, Djokovic became the 40th player in ATP World Tour history to record 500 match wins after he defeated Grigor Dimitrov in the 3R at Roland Garros.
• The world No. 2 has spent 101 weeks during his career at No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.