Indian Wells: Roger and Stan pack Stadium-2

Day 5 of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open saw 2012 Champion Victoria Azarenka fall to 20-year-old American Lauren Davis in the second round. While it was easily the biggest win of Lauren’s career, Azarenka said after the match that she wasn’t 100%; still suffering from from a foot injury endured just three days before the Australian Open. Four other seeds fell on the ladies side, as Casey Dellacqua defeated Kirsten Flipkens in three-sets, Kaia Kanepi fell to qualifier Yaroslava Shvedova, American Varvara Lepchenko took-out 2002 and 2007 Champion Daniela Hantuchova, and Germany’s Annika Beck sent-home Elena Vesnina.

We finally filled Stadium-2 to capacity yesterday…thanks to a doubles match? Fans started lining-up as soon as the gates opened at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, with hopes of finding a prime seat to watch 4-time BNP Paribas Open Champion Roger Federer and Australian Open Champion Stanislas Wawrinka take-on the #6-seeds Aisam Ul-Haq Qureshi and Rohann Bopanna. What a match! Roger and Stan took it 10-6 in a match tie-break, and thrilled fans during their post match interview on the intimate court.

I started off the conversation by congratulating Stan on two major accomplishments – winning the Australian Open and achieving a career-high ranking of #3 in the world. As always, he was humble and gracious. Then with a wink to Roger, I asked how Stan felt being the #1 player from Switzerland. – Mandatory affable emcee question, manufacturing a faux “awkward-situation” for the benefit of a packed house. Emcees are idiots…and aware of it. – Again, Stan handled the question with dignity and modesty, singing the praises of arguably the greatest player to ever grip an over-sized raqcuet.

A fun chat with a couple of fellas from Switzerland

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My first question for Roger, after winning his 78th title in Dubai and passing John McEnroe on the all-time titles list: “Have you talked to John and rubbed it in yet?” For the record…he has not; but he will. Roger then talked about how the scheduling at Indian Wells is conducive to seeing so many top-ranked players in the doubles draw; then we sang the praises of the tournament and the brand new Stadium-2. It was fun, super-loose…the type of laid-back post-match conversation that feels unique to this tournament.

On Thursday, Francesca Schiavone provided a memorable moment on Stadium-2, winning her first match of 2014. Yesterday, fellow Italian Roberta Vinci did the same, winning her first match of the year over American Madison Keys. “Finally!” we barked at each other as she came to center court for the post match interview. While thanking her team and doubles partner Sara Errani – shockingly, she and Sara lost in 1st-Round play on Thursday – she broke-down; tears of relief after two months of sheer frustration. It was an endearing moment, in stark contrast to Francesca’s hilarious “Rocky Balboa” moment on Thursday. (Check out the conversation with Roberta below…)

Teymuraz Gabashvili started Friday’s matches on Stadium-2, and earned some new fans with a packed house awaiting the Federer/Wawrinka doubles match. Tey’s a straight-shooter, knowing he’ll continue to have trouble going deep at these tournaments if he struggles to put away matches when the opportunities present themselves. His first sarcastic quip to me post-match: “What are all these people doing here? Is there something big going on next? I haven’t heard…” It was some nice exposure for Teymuraz, and he’ll have some new supporters pulling for him to upset the #8-seed Richard Gasquet in the 3rd-Round.

Stadium-2 also saw Ernests Gulbis’s training partner Dominic Thiem advance over American Daniel Kosakowski and 32-year-old Jarkko Niemenen comeback to defeat Daniel Brands. Poor Daniel hasn’t won a main-draw singles match since the first week of the season in Doha, though he did reach the doubles Semifinal last week in Acapulco with partner Florian Mayer.

Stadium-2 Day-5 Results:

  • Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) def Nicolas Mahut (FRA) 6-2 7-5
  • Roger Federer (SUI) / Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) def. [6] Rohann Bopanna (IND) / Aisam Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK) 6-2 6-7(4) 10-6
  • [13] Roberta Vinci (ITA) def. Madison Keys (USA) 6-3 6-3
  • Feliciano Lopez (ESP) def. Dudi Sela (ISR) 7-5 6-3
  • [Q] Dominic Thiem (AUT) def. [Q] Daniel Kosakowski (USA) 6-2 7-6(1)
  • Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) def. Daniel Brands (GER) 4-6 6-2 6-2


Full results of the First Round of play on the bottom half of the Men’s Singles draw…
FINALLY! Roberta Vinci's first win of 2014!

Click for VIDEO: Roberta's first win of 2014!

  • T Gabashvili (RUS) def. N Mahut (FRA) 6-2 7-5
  • H Zeballos (ARG) def. [WC] R Ram (USA) 6-3 7-6(4)
  • Y Lu (TPE) def. T Kamke (GER) 6-0 6-4
  • N Davydenko (RUS) def. [LL] D Goffin (BEL) 7-6(5) 4-6 7-6(3)
  • R Haase (NED) def. [Q] J Smith (AUS) 6-4 6-4
  • J Sousa (POR) def. O Nedovyesov (KAZ) 6-4 6-1
  • J Nieminen (FIN) def. D Brands (GER) 4-6 6-2 6-2
  • R Bautista Agut (ESP) def. [WC] S Johnson (USA) 6-3 6-3
  • F Lopez (ESP) def. D Sela (ISR) 7-5 6-3
  • M Kukushkin (KAZ) def. [Q] S Groth (AUS) 6-4 2-6 7-6(4)
  • [Q] D Thiem (AUT) def. [Q] D Kosakowski (USA) 6-2 7-6(1)
  • J Benneteau (FRA) def. [Q] D Munoz-De La Nava (ESP) 3-6 6-1 6-3
  • M Matosevic (AUS) def. B Klahn (USA) 6-4 6-4
  • [Q] P Lorenzi (ITA) def. P Carreno Busta (ESP) 3-6 6-1 6-2
  • A Gonzalez (COL) def. A Mannarino (FRA) 5-7 6-4 7-6(6)
  • V Hanescu (ROU) def. [Q] S Robert (FRA) 7-5 3-6 6-4

Full results of the First Round of play from the Men’s Double’s draw…

  • [3] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) def. M Mirnyi (BLR) / M Youzhny (RUS) 6-3 6-2
  • [5] D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) def. P Andujar (ESP) / V Pospisil (CAN) 7-6(4) 6-3
  • R Federer (SUI) / S Wawrinka (SUI) def. [6] R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) 6-2 6-7(4) 10-6
  • T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR) def. F Fognini (ITA) / A Seppi (ITA) 4-6 7-5 10-6
  • J Marray (GBR) / A Murray (GBR) def. J Monaco (ARG) / G Monfils (FRA) 6-4 4-6 11-9

>> MEN’S SINGLES DRAW || >> MEN’S DOUBLES DRAW


In ladies Second Round play on the bottom half of the draw…

  • [2] A Radwanska (POL) def. [Q] H Watson (GBR) 6-4 6-3
  • L Davis (USA) def. [3] V Azarenka (BLR) 6-0 7-6(2)
  • [6] S Halep (ROU) def. K Nara (JPN) 6-2 6-2
  • [7] J Jankovic (SRB) def. Y Meusburger (AUT) 6-3 6-1
  • [9] S Errani (ITA) def. [Q] S Fichman (CAN) 6-1 6-1
  • [10] C Wozniacki (DEN) def. B Jovanovski (SRB) 6-1 6-3
  • [13] R Vinci (ITA) def. M Keys (USA) 6-3 6-3
  • [14] C Suarez Navarro (ESP) def. K Mladenovic (FRA) 6-3 6-3
  • [18] E Bouchard (CAN) def. S Peng (CHN) 6-2 6-2
  • [Q] C Dellacqua (AUS) def. [19] K Flipkens (BEL) 1-6 6-3 6-1
  • [22] A Cornet (FRA) def. S Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 6-3 4-6 6-2
  • [Q] Y Shvedova (KAZ) def. [24] K Kanepi (EST) 6-3 6-2
  • [26] L Safarova (CZE) def. Y Wickmayer (BEL) 6-3 6-4
  • V Lepchenko (USA) def. [29] D Hantuchova (SVK) 6-3 6-2
  • A Beck (GER) def. [30] E Vesnina (RUS) 6-2 3-6 6-3
  • [31] M Rybarikova (SVK) def. [WC] S Rogers (USA) 6-4 6-3

In ladies First Round play in the Doubles draw…

  • [8] L Hradecka (CZE) / J Zheng (CHN) def. V King (USA) / G Voskoboeva (KAZ) 0-6 6-1 10-8
  • [PR] A Kleybanova (RUS) / A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) def. [Alt] A Rosolska (POL) / S Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 7-6(5) 6-1
  • D Hantuchova (SVK) / A Parra Santonja (ESP) def. [PR] J Husarova (SVK) / V Zvonareva (RUS) 6-4 4-6 10-2
  • V Dushevina (RUS) / M Lucic-Baroni (CRO) def. [WC] A Petkovic (GER) / S Stephens (USA) 6-4 7-6(3)
  • R Kops-Jones (USA) / A Spears (USA) def. [Alt] S Fichman (CAN) / M Moulton-Levy (USA) 7-6(4) 6-2

>> WOMEN’S SINGLES DRAW || >> WOMEN’S DOUBLES DRAW


Here’s what to expect today, on Day-6 of the BNP Paribas Open 2014: 2nd-Round play in the top-half of the ATP World Tour draw, 2nd-Round play in the top-half of the WTA draw; plus 1st-Round doubles matches from the fellas and two 2nd-Round doubles matches on the ladies side. On Stadium-2, we’ll see four of the guy’s matches, Francesca Schiavone returns for her 2nd-Round match, and the Bryan Brothers will launch their bid for the 2014 BNP Paribas Open title versus fellow American Scott Lipsky and Germany’s Florian Mayer.

STADIUM 1 start 11:00am
WTA – [1] N Li (CHN) vs J Zheng (CHN)
Not Before 12:30 pm
ATP – L Rosol (CZE) vs [5] A Murray (GBR)
ATP – [Q] P Mathieu (FRA) vs [7] R Federer (SUI)
Not Before 4:00 pm
WTA – [4] M Sharapova (RUS) vs J Goerges (GER)
Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – [1] R Nadal (ESP) vs R Stepanek (CZE)
Not Before 8:30 pm
WTA – A Tomljanovic (CRO) vs [17] S Stephens (USA)

STADIUM 2 start 11:00 am
ATP – [11] T Haas (GER) vs J Chardy (FRA)
ATP – [17] K Anderson (RSA) vs L Hewitt (AUS)
WTA – F Schiavone (ITA) vs [16] S Stosur (AUS)
ATP – [3] S Wawrinka (SUI) vs I Karlovic (CRO)
Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – S Giraldo (COL) vs [19] K Nishikori (JPN)
ATP – [1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs S Lipsky (USA) / F Mayer (GER)

STADIUM 3 start 11:00 am
ATP – A Falla (COL) vs [18] J Janowicz (POL)
WTA – [WC] C Vandeweghe (USA) vs [8] P Kvitova (CZE)
ATP – [10] M Raonic (CAN) vs E Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
ATP – [WC] R Harrison (USA) vs [13] F Fognini (ITA)
ATP – [23] G Monfils (FRA) vs S Stakhovsky (UKR)

STADIUM 4 start 11:00 am
WTA – [11] A Ivanovic (SRB) vs E Svitolina (UKR)
ATP – S Querrey (USA) vs [29] A Seppi (ITA)
WTA – M Torro-Flor (ESP) vs [5] A Kerber (GER)
WTA – [20] F Pennetta (ITA) vs [WC] T Townsend (USA)
ATP – E Gulbis (LAT) / M Raonic (CAN) vs [WC] N Djokovic (SRB) / F Krajinovic (SRB)

STADIUM 5 start 11:00 am
ATP – M Russell (USA) vs [14] M Youzhny (RUS)
WTA – [12] D Cibulkova (SVK) vs [WC] D Vekic (CRO)
ATP – T Smyczek (USA) vs [28] A Dolgopolov (UKR)
WTA – A Wozniak (CAN) vs [15] S Lisicki (GER)
ATP – J Benneteau (FRA) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS)

STADIUM 6 start 11:00 am
ATP – E Butorac (USA) / R Klaasen (RSA) vs [2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA)
WTA – [27] S Kuznetsova (RUS) vs [Q] B Zahlavova Strycova (CZE)
ATP – [27] D Tursunov (RUS) vs J Monaco (ARG)
WTA – [Q] C Giorgi (ITA) vs [25] S Cirstea (ROU)

STADIUM 7 start 11:00 am
WTA – K Pliskova (CZE) vs [28] K Zakopalova (CZE)
WTA – [21] A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs C Garcia (FRA)
ATP – [32] P Andujar (ESP) vs J Vesely (CZE)
ATP – K Anderson (RSA) / R Haase (NED) vs N Mahut (FRA) / J Tsonga (FRA)

STADIUM 8 start 12:00 noon
WTA – M Niculescu (ROU) vs [23] E Makarova (RUS)
WTA – [32] G Muguruza (ESP) vs A Kleybanova (RUS)
WTA – [5] C Black (ZIM) / S Mirza (IND) vs R Kops-Jones (USA) / A Spears (USA)

STADIUM 9 start 12:00 noon
ATP – M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) vs [WC] J Erlich (ISR) / R Gasquet (FRA)
ATP – M Cilic (CRO) / J Del Potro (ARG) vs [7] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB)
WTA – D Hantuchova (SVK) / A Parra Santonja (ESP) vs [7] A Barty (AUS) / C Dellacqua (AUS)