BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells
[CR58] Alexander Zverev (GER) vs. [CR79] Ivan Dodig (CRO)
This was a good win for Zverev who had a rough time in Davis Cup last week, losing both his singles matches; especially difficult when he was up two sets to one against Tomas Berdych. That was probably preying on his mind after lost the first set despite getting the early break lead. These are still growing pains for Zverev and he will benefit if he continues to learn from them. He fought off his frustration and the pesky Dodig to win 3-6, 7-5, 6-3. He will have a tough match next against Grigor Dimitrov, but I expect him to win.
[CR17] Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) vs. [CR38] Coco Vandeweghe (USA)
The best match I have seen from Vandeweghe in a long time. She has always had the talent; yet, has been prone to making too many errors. Today she was more patient and worked the points much better before going for her shots. She kept Kuznetsova pinned to the back and pressured her into making error after error with the weight of her strokes. Vandeweghe is maturing mentally and physically. She is learning how to use her weapons better for maximal effect. She won 6-4, 6-3 and plays Jelena Jankovic in the next round.
John Isner (USA)/Milos Raonic (CAN) vs. Andy Murray/Colin Fleming (GBR)
Doubles matches are so much fun, for the fans as well as the players. There are always some phenomenal points and Murray showed his great hands at the net, forcing Isner and Raonic to win it in three sets. It was a very enjoyable match and the American/Canadian duo won 7-5, 6-7(5), 10-8 to advance to the round of sixteen.
[CR50] Lukas Rosol (CZE) vs. [CR60] Adrian Mannarino (FRA)
Mannarino is searching for his 2015 form. It’s been a rocky start for him and doing well at this tournament will go a long way to boosting his confidence. A win in straight sets is always good; however, it’s just as sweet if it’s won in a battle. That is what Mannarino faced today against the always dangerous Rosol. He dropped the first set but fought back to defeat Rosol 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. He gets fellow countryman, Benoit Paire, next.