Wawrinka Impresses In Indian Wells Opener
Third seed Stan Wawrinka got his BNP Paribas Open campaign off to a solid start on Saturday with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Paolo Lorenzi. The reigning US Open champion won 88 per cent of his first-serve points en route to securing victory in 78 minutes and earning a spot in the third round in Indian Wells.
"I think I had some ups and downs a little bit, but in general I was feeling good," said Wawrinka. "It's my first win since the Australian Open, so it's been a long time and it was nice to feel good on the court again. For the first match, I think it was very good. I don't always play my best tennis at Masters 1000s, but hopefully I can do some great results here."
Wawrinka next plays 29th seed Phillip Kohlschreiber, who picked up his 400th match win after Alexandr Dolgopolov retired in the second set of their match with a leg injury.
Tomas Berdych withstood a late fightback from Bjorn Fratangelo to beat the American wild card 7-6(4), 6-4 on Saturday.
Trailing 2-5 in the second set, Fratangelo recouped one of the breaks in the eighth game before fending off two match points in the ninth game to force Berdych to serve for the contest again. This time the Czech was able to convert his fifth match point, prevailing in one hour and 48 minutes. The 31-year-old Berdych, who will next face Yoshihito Nishioka, is making his 13th appearance at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, highlighted by a semi-final showing in 2013 (l. to Nadal).
Dusan Lajovic came through a tight encounter with Feliciano Lopez, edging the Spaniard 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(2) in one hour and 56 minutes. The Serbian could next face World No. 1 Andy Murray, should the Brit get by Vasek Pospisil in the night session.