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Federer Reflective After Losing Match Points Against Del Potro

Sun, 03/18/2018 - 9:40pm

Titles have never defined who Roger Federer is, although, if they did, they'd have a lot to say for him. The Swiss right-hander was three times a swing away from winning his 28th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown and his 98th tour-level title on Sunday against Juan Martin del Potro during the BNP Paribas Open final in Indian Wells. But Del Potro erased all three championship points and captured his maiden Masters 1000 title 6-4, 6-7(8), 7-6(2).

Federer, however, long ago learned to achieve contentment in life, despite some on-court disappointments here and there. The 36-year-old Swiss said he achieved such peace years ago, shortly after he began to make his mark on the ATP World Tour and at Grand Slam tournaments.

“I have been content for a long, long time on the Tour. I guess ever since I became world No. 1 back in 2004 and won Wimbledon in 2003, my life was complete as a tennis player. Those were my dreams as a little kid,” he said.

Federer said that's why he still enjoys most things about the tour life. “That's why retirement can wait, and I'm just really enjoying the ride. I'm really having a good time on the Tour,” Federer said.

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It's easy to forget that Federer has had tough moments during his career, times that have taught him how to stay positive regardless of the outcome on the court. After falling to Del Potro in the season's first Masters 1000 final, Federer spoke at length about his attitude.

“I think staying positive through the tough moments is really key. Because you're always going to go through ups and downs in your career, or as a person for that matter. Not every day is sun shining. It's sometimes a bit of a struggle and important that you take the right decisions, you surround yourself with the right people, you're happy with what you have,” Federer said.

“Of course you can always try to want more and have more and everything, but you might never be happy when you search for things like this.”

Federer's outlook has helped him move on from losses. His 17-match win streak to start the 2018 season – the longest of his career to begin a year – was snapped against Del Potro. But the World No. 1 knows he won't have a lot of time to dwell on the match. The season's second Masters 1000 tournament, the Miami Open presented by Itau, starts on Wednesday. Federer is the defending champion there, too.

“I feel frustrated, you know, that I let an opportunity like this go by. Serving 40/15, any game I probably win – I don't know what the stat is – 90-something per cent,” Federer said of his lead at 5-4 in the third set.

“So it should sting, like you said, for a bit. The question is how long? It won't be long, but it's disappointing talking about a great match like this, losing, even though I was right there.

“Obviously there is not too much time to dwell over it. Like I said, I'm happy for Juan Martin. It's a tough one. And I still had a good week here. I still see the positives at the end of the day.

“It was a great match, honestly. Good fun. Good intensity. We enjoy that. And also it was tough and fair on the court. It was Juan Martin and myself. At the end you saw we are appreciative of the finals that we played against each other, which I think is really important for both of us.”

Best Hot Shots From Indian Wells 2018

Sun, 03/18/2018 - 8:21pm
Re-live the most exciting shots from the 2018 BNP Paribas Open, featuring Denis Shapovalov, Roger Federer, Juan Martin del Potro, Joao Sousa and Philipp Kohlschreiber. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Del Potro Saves 3 M.P. v. Federer For Maiden Masters 1000 Title

Sun, 03/18/2018 - 6:32pm
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Juan Martin del Potro has earned the missing prize in his trophy case.

In one of the best matches of the season, the Argentine erased three match points against five-time champion Roger Federer to win his maiden ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title 6-4, 6-7(8), 7-6(2) on Sunday at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

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The odds were against the Argentine: Del Potro had lost 18 of 24 FedEx ATP Head2Head matchups against Federer heading into Sunday's final, their first meeting in a Masters 1000 title match. Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic had won 13 of the past 14 Indian Wells titles, dating back to 2004, and Del Potro had lost his three previous Masters 1000 finals: 2009 Montreal (l. to Murray), 2013 Indian Wells (l. to Nadal), and 2013 Shanghai (l. to Djokovic).

But the Argentine had come through more often than not against Federer in tour-level title matches (now 4-2), and he never went away against Federer on a court where the Swiss has enjoyed so much success.

“It's so big,” Del Potro said of winning his first Masters 1000 title. “I cannot believe I won this tournament, beating Roger in a great final and level of tennis. We played great tennis today.

“I'm No. 6 in the world, I think? Which is so good to me. And I'm excited to keep working... I just want to keep winning titles like this if I can.”  

Federer, the No. 1 player in the ATP Rankings, has won five Indian Wells titles and was trying to break away from Djokovic and stand alone with his sixth title in the Coachella Valley. Federer was also looking to close the Masters 1000 title gap between himself (27) and Djokovic and Nadal (30).

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Instead, Del Potro hoisted his first Masters 1000 title and his 22nd tour-level crown, and he won it with force and finesse. Federer targeted Del Potro's backhand in the opener, but the Argentine replied every time, and often with power, passing Federer on one surprise trip to the net.

“It's day-by-day work. I'm confident with my two-handed backhand but not confident enough to play what I like to play,” Del Potro said. “But the most important improvement to what I'm doing is in my returns. I always return with my two-handed backhand. After that, I can take the control of the point. And that is a big change to me because I'm not running too much. That's the big difference between my game at this moment to a few years ago.”

Del Potro had Federer on the run, pounding his forehand and stringing Federer from side to side as the Swiss struggled to find his own forehand. Federer finished the opener with 11 winners but also 11 unforced errors, including eight from his forehand wing.

But in the first game of the second set, the 27-time Masters 1000 champion pumped himself up and saved two break points. Federer tried to drag Del Potro away from his comfort zone and closer to the net, but the 6'6” right-hander looked as comfortable there as he did behind the baseline.

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The Argentine earned match point on Federer's racquet in the second-set tie-break, at 7/8, but he netted a forehand. And after Federer evened the match, Del Potro was visibly frustrated.

“It was horrible moment for me. I was still thinking about my forehand miss and my forehand error, mistake in the match point. And, I mean, it's my shot, you know, my forehand from that side of the court. I never miss that forehand,” Del Potro said, smiling.

Yet he didn't let it show on the scoreboard as he held serve and stayed even with the five-time champion. At 4-4, however, Federer broke for a chance to serve for the match, and it looked as if his comeback would be complete in minutes.

But this time it was Del Potro's turn to save match points. He erased three during Federer's 5-4 service game, including two consecutively from 15/40 down. He and Federer then both held, and they headed to a tie-break, where Federer lost his way. The Swiss hit two double faults, and Del Potro sprinted to the title, lifting his arms when Federer struck another forehand long.

“I lost my serve a little bit, and then he was clean and I wasn't. And then it goes very quickly in the breaker,” Federer said. “As close as it can be sometimes when you're not feeling it or momentum has shifted, it's just crazy how it can go the other way. But I had already missed my opportunities then, but I still, standing at the trophy ceremony, I think I would like to play that tie-break again, because I don't know what the hell happened. But it's OK. It happens sometimes.”

Federer's unbeaten streak to start 2018 is over, but the Swiss, at 36, still accomplished his longest win streak to start a season (17). His previous best had been 16 wins in 2006, when he was 24 years old. Federer will also stay No. 1 in the ATP Rankings through the Miami Open presented by Itau, which starts Thursday. For finishing runner-up, he will receive 600 ATP Rankings points and $654,380 in prize money.

Del Potro, meanwhile, pushes his own winning streak to 11 matches, dating back to his Abierto Mexican Telcel presentado por HSBC title in Acapulco earlier this month. Del Potro, No. 6 in the ATP Rankings, will receive 1,000 ATP Rankings points and $1,340,860 in prize money.

“It was an unbelievable match in all the ways. I mean, we played a great level of tennis. The people were excited on every single point,” Del Potro said. “Roger and me were nervous during the whole match, and we felt that on court... Unfortunately I couldn't stay calm in the tie-break of the second set, but then the calms come again in the end of the match and I played good in the tie-break.”

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Del Potro is the first Argentine to win the BNP Paribas Open in tournament history (since 1976). He's also the first South American titlist in Indian Wells since Chile's Marcelo Rios in 1998.

Watch: Double Dose Of Hot Shots In Indian Wells Final

Sun, 03/18/2018 - 6:11pm
Watch as Roger Federer claims a pair of stunning points in the final of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Osaka claims first career title at Indian Wells

Sun, 03/18/2018 - 5:17pm
Naomi Osaka needed just 70 minutes to dispatch Daria Kasatkina 6-3, 6-2 on Sunday to win the BNP Paribas Open in a matchup of 20-year-old rising stars.

The Dominant 20

Sun, 03/18/2018 - 11:22am
In celebration of ESPN The Magazine's 20th anniversary, Peter Keating's crunched the numbers to find the most dominant athletes of our time.

Story Of The 2018 BNP Paribas Open

Sun, 03/18/2018 - 8:51am
Relive all the drama and gripping moments from the 2018 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells

Federer, Del Potro Set Dream Desert Final

Sat, 03/17/2018 - 11:20pm
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It’s a dream final at the BNP Paribas Open – for more than just fans.

Earlier in the tournament, Juan Martin del Potro said that any chance to play against Roger Federer would be great – and now he’ll get exactly that: a clash with Federer for the first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy of the season. 

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Federer vs. Del Potro

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Both advanced to the final, albeit in drastically different fashion. Federer endured an inspired effort by Borna Coric, who led by a set and a break on several occasions but was unable to close the Swiss out in the match’s most tense moments. Del Potro, on the other hand, breezed by Milos Raonic, dealing better with the windy conditions and breaking the Canadian's normally potent serve four times. The victory marked Del Potro’s 400th career win, and he became just the second Argentine in history after Guillermo Vilas to reach the milestone.

The BNP Paribas final pits two of the game’s best forehands against each other. With Del Potro, every ball left for his forehand to devour could mean the point is over. Whether he’s in an attacking position or a defensive one, the Argentine's juggernaut forehand is a weapon any opponent, including Federer, would wish to avoid. 

Federer, on the other hand, will look to use his own potent forehand to bully Del Potro’s backhand. Taking the ball fast and early is the Swiss’ modus operandi, and his ability to inject so much spin with such a compact swing has contributed to countless historic results in his prolific career.

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This matchup of fearsome forehands has yielded several exceptional matches over the years. In fact, 9 of their past 11 meetings have gone to a final set, including an epic 19-17 third set at the London Olympics in 2012. Just last year, the two met four times: Federer claimed three of those matches, while Del Potro got the better of him in the quarter-finals of the US Open in four tight sets.

“Yeah, we have had a lot of close matches. Big matches, close matches,” recalled Federer on the rivalry. “I just tried to think back at the French Open semis, US Open final, Olympic semis, Basel finals ... and few [Nitto ATP Finals] matches, Shanghai; just three-setters and five-setters the whole way. It's been good.

“I think we have an interesting matchup,” he added. We both know what the other is trying to do, and we try to stop the other person from doing it. But it's hard when [one of us] is in full flight. It's basically an arm wrestle the whole time, and I think we enjoy that.”

Although Federer owns a 18-6 record against the 29-year-old in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, Del Potro actually leads the Swiss when it comes to finals with three wins to Federer’s two.

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At the BNP Paribas Open, their 25th meeting overall will be their sixth final contested. Federer will be playing to reinforcehis place atop the ATP Rankings, although he will remain at the No. 1 spot throughout Miami regardless of his result in Sunday's final. Additionally, the 36-year-old is chasing his 28th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title and 98th title overall.  Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, the final is a chance for Del Potro to claim his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy and his biggest title since winning the US Open nine years ago. The Argentine knows he won’t have it easy against one of his greatest rivals – but he relishes the challenge.

“We play great matches together. I love to play against him,” said the World No. 8. “He's the favourite to win tomorrow, but I will try to do my best tennis. I beat him in the past, and I know [what] I can do to repeat that, but is not easy. It will be a good challenge to see how my level is against him.”

Isner/Sock Complete Perfect Week In Indian Wells

Sat, 03/17/2018 - 10:37pm
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Needless to say, John Isner and Jack Sock should team up more often on the ATP World Tour doubles circuit.

The American duo improved to 14-5 together, notching their second team title 7-6(4), 7-6(2) over countrymen Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan at the BNP Paribas Open. They are the first all-American tandem to lift the trophy since the Bryans went back-to-back in 2013-14.

With the title, their first since the 2016 Rolex Shanghai Masters, Isner and Sock claim 1,000 ATP Doubles Rankings points and split $439,350 in prize money. They did not drop a set through four matches, becoming just the third to do so in the past 30 years in Indian Wells. Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez also achieved the feat in 2012, following Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram in 2008.

"It's pretty special," said Isner. "I think more importantly for both Jack and I, just getting that winning feeling back. Admittedly, both of us have not played singles that well this year.

"Doubles can oftentimes be a springboard to singles success. So I think for me personally - and I think I can speak for Jack - I think that can be the most important thing really out of this whole week is playing some tough doubles matches and coming through in the clutch and getting that feeling sort of back again. I think for both of us, that was a good thing."

Isner and Sock claimed victory after one hour and 27 minutes, firing six aces and saving three of four break points. After dropping the opening set in a tie-break, Bob earned the twins' lone break of the match, poaching a volley winner on a deciding point at 3-all. 

But Isner would respond in kind in the next game, breaking right back himself with a bevy of pummeling forehands. And the 32-year-old would take over in the ensuing tie-break, launching a forehand down the middle for the decisive mini-break. He and Sock would close out the win on their first championship point.

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"I have been fortunate enough to be in my third final here," added Sock. "I've been able to win two of them, which has been super special. Like John said, obviously it's an incredible 10 days here. Probably almost every player's favourite event of the year. Family and friends and loved ones are out here and you're renting a house. And it's relaxing, and you're still getting to play super high-level tennis. And then the crowds, on top of it, are just amazing.

"And it was super special today to be able to play another American team, but it was a little bit different, obviously. The rest of the week prior, we had all the fans on our side. It was a really, really cool atmosphere."

Individually, Sock notched his 10th doubles title and third at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level. It was his second victory of the year, having prevailed alongside Jackson Withrow in Delray Beach last month. For Isner, it was the North Carolina native's fifth triumph and also his third at the Masters 1000 level.

Meanwhile, the Bryans take home 600 ATP Doubles Rankings points and $214,410 in prize money. Competing in Indian Wells for the 20th consecutive year, they remain in search of their first Masters 1000 crown since Rome 2016. 

Sharapova withdraws from Miami Open

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 3:52pm
Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Miami Open that begins next week because of a left forearm injury.

Cuevas/Zeballos Save 1 M.P. In Indian Wells

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 5:18am

Pablo Cuevas and Horacio Zeballos clinched a thrilling Match Tie-break second-round victory over fifth seeds and 2016 champions Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut on Tuesday at the BNP Paribas Open. Cuevas and Zeballos saved one match point at 9/10 in the tense tie-break for a 7-6(5), 3-6, 13/11 win in one hour and 38 minutes. The duo will now prepare for a quarter-final against big servers Gilles Muller and Sam Querrey.

Two-time former champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan continued their bid for a third BNP Paribas Open crown by beating Spaniards Pablo Carreno Busta and David Marrero 6-2, 6-3 in 57 minutes. The American twins, now 39-16 lifetime in Indian Wells where they picked up titles in 2013 (d. Huey/Janowicz) and 2014 (d. Peya/Soares), won four of the first five games in the first set and then recovered from a 0-2 deficit in the second set. The seventh seeds will next challenge Marcus Daniell and Diego Schwartzman in the quarter-finals.

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Young Stars, Federer In Wednesday Indian Wells Action

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 2:56am

Borna Coric deems it “maybe the best tennis of my life”, breezing past the in-form Roberto Bautista Agut to reach the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open. Now, the gifted 21-year-old Croatian has the chance to back it up against #NextGenATP American Taylor Fritz on a blockbuster, action-packed Wednesday, with all fourth-round clashes due to take place.

A resurgent Coric, back up to No. 49 in the ATP Rankings, has dropped fewer games than any player in the top half of the draw in the desert. Fritz, by contrast, has had to rally his home crowd to get him across the line against #NextGenATP stablemates, Reilly Opelka and Andrey Rublev, before his gripping third-set tie-break triumph over experienced Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.

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Coric, a 2017 #NextGenATP Finals qualifier, leads the FedEx ATP Head2Head series over his 20-year-old opponent 1-0 after a straight-sets win in the opening round at Roland Garros in 2016. Much has changed since with a maiden Indian Wells quarter-final appearance on the line.

Five-time champion Roger Federer resumes his title defence against unseeded Frenchman Jeremy Chardy on Wednesday. The top seed’s only defeat to the 31-year-old came at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Rome on clay nearly four years ago. He leads the FedEx ATP Head2Head ledger 3-1.

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Federer vs Chardy | Coric vs Fritz | Chung vs Cuevas

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Should Federer win two more rounds he will hold on to No. 1 in the ATP Rankings. Four more match wins would see him pull clear of Novak Djokovic with an unprecedented sixth BNP Paribas Open title. Federer has not dropped a set in his previous two matches, while Chardy has gone the distance to get past seeds Fabio Fognini and Adrian Mannarino.

Last year’s inaugural #NextGenATP Finals champion Hyeon Chung is on the cusp of his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarter-final berth. After a resounding straight-sets upset of No. 12 seed Tomas Berdych in the previous round, the 21-year-old South Korean squares off against last year’s Indian Wells quarter-finalist Pablo Cuevas. The 30th-seeded Uruguayan advanced after No. 5 seed Dominic Thiem retired hurt while trailing a break in the deciding set of their third-round encounter. Chung and Cuevas have never met.

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On the heels of his biggest title in five years in Acapulco – in which he beat three straight Top 10 opponents (Thiem, A. Zverev and Andersson) – Juan Martin del Potro faces countryman and occasional doubles partner Leonardo Mayer for a place in the quarter-finals. The sixth-seeded Argentine beat Mayer in the 2012 US Open third round.

It is the first time since 2013 Del Potro has reached the fourth round in Indian Wells. That year he finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal. In his previous match, the 29-year-old won his fifth straight match against David Ferrer, while Mayer beat Novak Djokovic’s conqueror Taro Daniel.

After Federer (No. 1) and Del Potro (No. 6), Kevin Anderson is only the third of the Top 8 seeds to survive the third round. The South African seventh seed meets Spanish 11th seed Pablo Carreno Busta in a rematch of their 2017 US Open semi-final, which Anderson won.

Last year, Carreno Busta reached his first Masters 1000 semi-final in Indian Wells, where he fell to Stan Wawrinka. Twice before (2013, 2014) Anderson has reached the BNP Paribas Open quarter-finals.

Focus finally back on Venus Williams at Indian Wells

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 1:56am
It only gets easier for Venus Williams. The day after beating sister Serena at Indian Wells, Venus was back on the court facing a very different opponent but with the same winning result.

Highlights: Del Potro Beats Ferrer, Raonic Advances In Indian Wells 3R 2018

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 1:38am
Juan Martin Del Potro makes it five straight wins over David Ferrer, while Philipp Kohlschreiber, Feliciano Lopez and Milos Raonic also reach the fourth round. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com. Photo: Getty Images

Lopez Squeezes Past Sock To Near Best Indian Wells Showing

Wed, 03/14/2018 - 12:16am
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In his 16th BNP Paribas Open, Feliciano Lopez is only one round away from recording his best result at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in Indian Wells. The 36-year-old Spaniard upset eighth seed Jack Sock on Tuesday evening, escaping a tight third-round match 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-4.

Sock was looking to return to the semi-finals in Indian Wells (l. to eventual champion Federer in 2017). But Lopez was solid on serve and opportunistic with his return game during the pair's fourth FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting (2-2), which lasted almost two hours and 30 minutes.

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Neither player saw a break point in the opener, but Lopez came back in the tie-break after Sock led by a mini-break early. The American secured the lone break in the second on set point, knifing a backhand slice that curled inside the line. Up to that point, Lopez had erased all four break-point opportunities.

But in the second game of the decider, Sock slipped and lunged for the ball, landing on his right elbow. He said he was OK during the next changeover but later complained of pain and received treatment during a following break.

Lopez, however, stayed focused and created his opening, breaking Sock for the first time during a 15-point game at 2-2. He served out the set to love.

The Spaniard reached the quarter-finals in 2015 (l. to Murray) and made the fourth round in 2014 and 2016. He'll try to reach the last eight again when he meets another American in Sam Querrey, who fought past Indian Yuki Bhambri 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4 to make the fourth round in Indian Wells for the third time.

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Querrey was locked in on serve after the first set, not facing a break point and finishing the third-round affair with 17 aces. The 6'6” right-hander won nearly 70 per cent of his service points (61/91).

It was still a notable tournament for Bhambri, who qualified and was the first Indian to reach the third round in Indian Wells since Somdev Devvarman, who advanced to the fourth round in 2011.

Venus Williams stays hot at Indian Wells

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 10:28pm
A day after dismissing her sister, Serena, Venus Williams won another straight-sets battle, this time over Anastasija Sevastova to move on to the quarterfinals of Indian Wells.

Raonic Ready To Climb ATP Rankings Again

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 9:22pm

Former World No. 3 Milos Raonic, on the comeback from injuries in 2017, will be making his way up the ATP Rankings in the very near future.

The 32nd seed won his second match in a row in Indian Wells, beating Portugal's Joao Sousa 7-5, 4-6, 6-2 to reach the fourth round at the BNP Paribas Open for the first time since his final run in 2016 (l. to Djokovic). Raonic missed last year's tournament because of an injury to his right leg.

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The 6'5" right-hander was broken in the second set, but regrouped in the decider, not facing a break point to run away with the match. The Canadian finished with 12 aces and won 93 per cent of his first-serve points (39/42). It's the first time he has won back-to-back matches since the Citi Open in August 2017.

Raonic improved to 4-0 against Sousa in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, and is now 3-3 on the season. His other win came against Japan's Taro Daniel at the Delray Beach Open in February.

Raonic, who beat #NextGenATP countryman Felix Auger-Aliassime to face Sousa, will next meet Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, who improved to 3-0 against Dudi Sela of Israel in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series with a 7-6(5), 6-4 win.

Baghdatis qualified for the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event and now has a chance of bringing his time in Indian Wells full circle. On debut, he made the quarter-finals in 2006. The 32-year-old, No. 102 in the ATP Rankings, is 1-3 against Raonic in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, with his lone win coming at 2012 Rolex Shanghai Masters.

Del Potro Continues Recent Mastery Against Ferrer

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 7:15pm

In the beginning of their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry, David Ferrer dominated Juan Martin del Potro. The Spaniard won six of their first eight matches. Yet in this “what-have-you-done-for-me-lately” world, Del Potro can claim all the bragging rights.

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The Argentine made it five in a row against Spanish veteran on Tuesday in Indian Wells, beating Ferrer 6-4, 7-6(3) to advance to the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open. It's Del Potro's first trip to the Round of 16 since 2013, when he made his first and only Indian Wells final (l. to Nadal).

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His seventh victory against Ferrer was all about persistence. Ferrer saved the first 10 break points he faced until Del Potro broke through in the seventh game. The Argentine wouldn't break again – Ferrer saved 15/16 break points – but Del Potro didn't need to as his forehand and always-improving backhand carried him to the straight-sets win.

“I couldn't break at the beginning of the match. I lost many opportunities to start even better the match, and I got frustration after all those points. I was waiting on more chances, and the chances came in the end of the set, and finally I took one,” Del Potro said. “Then I played solid every service game, and I think I played much better than him in the tie-break.”

Del Potro will next meet countryman Leonardo Mayer, who didn't face a break point in beating Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel 6-4, 6-1 in only 75 minutes. The 25-year-old Daniel had stunned World No. 13 Novak Djokovic on Sunday.

“I just want to keep winning. It's good to feel with this confidence when I get to the court and I play well, but I'm going step-by-step. I will play another Argentinian guy... which is a special match for both. It's not easy when you play against a friend,” Del Potro said. 

Mayer made the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open for the first time. He had lost in the third round two times in the past (2013, 2016). Del Potro leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry 1-0, but their only contest came six years ago at the 2012 US Open.

“We practise a lot together. We train at the same club in Buenos Aires. We grow up together. We win the Davis Cup together. And we have dinners together and we spend a lot of time together,” Del Potro said. “It will be a special match for both. And I know if he has a good day, he's a very dangerous guy, and he plays solid from the baseline. He plays very flat, and his serves are good enough to beat me or to beat anyone on tour.” 

Flach, with 6 Grand Slam doubles, dies at 54

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 6:29pm
Ken Flach, who won four Grand Slam titles in men's doubles and two in mixed doubles, has died, according to the ATP World Tour and International Tennis Federation. He was 54.

Kohlschreiber Turning Season Around In Indian Wells

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 5:39pm

Philipp Kohlschreiber has accomplished plenty in his career on the ATP World Tour. The German has won a title in six of the past seven seasons, climbed as high as No. 16 in the ATP Rankings and much more. But the 34-year-old arrived at this BNP Paribas Open out of form, failing to win back-to-back matches this season.

But perhaps Kohlschreiber will burst into a strong season thanks to his efforts in Indian Wells. The German veteran upset second seed Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-4 on Tuesday afternoon for his first Top 10 win since 2016 and advanced to the Round of 16 in the Coachella Valley for the first time since 2011 (l. to del Potro).

"Very happy," Kohlschreiber said. "I think my performance worked quite well from the start. I felt like Marin was maybe a bit nervous. I felt good. Played aggressive."

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The right-hander also breaks a streak of 13 consecutive losses against the Top 10, dating back to his win against then-No. 7 Tomas Berdych in 2016. For whatever reason, Kohlschreiber has had Cilic's number over the years: The 31st seed now leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head series 7-4, including 5-2 on hard courts.

"My first match was a really tough battle with my opponent, with myself. I struggled a little bit more. Today, I tried to forget everything what happened," Kohlschreiber admitted. "Happy that it worked out. It's also an easier match, nothing to lose, big stadium, a lot of support from the crowd, makes it maybe sometimes easier to play. On the other side, I really enjoy playing tennis still, even though if I'm sometimes not at my best. But, yeah, very happy that it worked out today very well."

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The German next faces Pierre-Hugues Herbert, who had never advanced to the third round of an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event prior to this event. In fact, the Frenchman owned just five wins at this level (5-12).

But after advancing when Gael Monfils retired while down 2-6, 1-3 due to a lower back injury, Herbert, No. 93 in the ATP Rankings, is into the Round of 16 at Indian Wells. Herbert will attempt to reach his second singles quarter-final of the season against Kohlschreiber (Tata Open Maharashtra in Pune).

This could be a singles breakthrough for Herbert, who has reached one ATP World Tour final (2015 Winston-Salem). The Frenchman has long enjoyed success on the doubles court, winning 12 tour-level titles — 11 of which have come with compatriot Nicolas Mahut. The pair has won six Masters 1000 events and qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals in each of the past three seasons.

Herbert is one of six players remaining in both the singles and doubles draws, as he partners Mahut later Tuesday against Pablo Cuevas and Horacio Zeballos.