Friday at the 2014 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., featured something for everyone.
In addition to some heated singles action, the Swiss duo of Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka stole the show in the men's doubles draw, topping one of the tournament favorites, per The New York Times' Ben Rothenberg:
Federer/Wawrinka came out flying and hung on to beat Bopanna Qureshi 6-2, 6-7, 10-6. Cool seeing two Swiss Slam winners together. #BNPPO14— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) March 7, 2014
However, 2012 women's champion Victoria Azarenka wasn't so fortunate on Friday night, suffering a shocking upset loss to American challenger Lauren Davis.
The world No. 4 dropped the opening set 6-0 and was bothered by a foot injury all night long. She would come back to take a 5-4 lead in the second set, but Davis was too much for the hobbled Belarusian in the end, prevailing 7-2 in a tiebreak.
66th-ranked Lauren Davis defeats a clearly hobbled Victoria Azarenka 6-0, 7-6(2). Biggest win of Davis' career, but a bizarre show. #BNPPO14— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) March 8, 2014
With Friday's order of play complete and Saturday fast approaching, let's take a look at the latest scores and top storylines from Indian Wells.
|Women's Singles 2nd Round||Score|
|(2) A. Radwanska def. H. Watson||6-4, 6-3|
|L. Davis def. (3) V. Azarenka||6-0, 7-6 (2)|
|(6) S. Halep def. K. Nara||6-2, 6-2|
|(7) J. Jankovic def. Y Meusburger||6-3, 6-1|
|(9) S. Errani def. S. Fichman||6-1, 6-1|
|(10) C. Wozniacki def. B. Jovanovski||6-1, 6-3|
|(13) R. Vinci def. M. Keys||6-3, 6-3|
|(14) C. Suarez Navarro def. K Mladenovic||6-3, 6-3|
|(18) E. Bouchard def. S. Peng||6-2, 6-2|
|(19) K. Flipkens def. C. Dellacqua||6-1, 3-6, 6-1|
|(22) A. Cornet def. S. Soler-Espinosa||6-3, 4-6, 6-2|
|Y. Shvedova def. (24) K. Kanepi||6-3, 6-2|
|(26) Lucie Safarova def. Y. Wickmayer||6-3, 6-4|
|V. Lepchenko def. (29) D. Hantuchova||6-3, 6-2|
|A. Beck def. (30) E. Vesnina||6-2, 3-6, 6-3|
|(31) M. Rybarikova def. S. Rogers||6-4, 6-3|
|Men's Singles 1st Round||Score|
|R. Bautista Agut def. S. Johnson||6-3, 6-3|
|M. Matosevic def. B. Klahn||6-4, 6-4|
|F. Lopez def. D. Sela||7-5, 6-3|
|T. Gabashvili def. N. Mahut||6-2, 7-5|
|J. Benneteau def. D. Munoz-De La Nava||3-6, 6-1, 6-3|
|H. Zeballos def. R. Ram||6-3, 7-6 (4)|
|A. Gonzalez def. A. Mannarino||5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (6)|
|Y. Lu def. T. Kamke||6-0, 6-4|
|V. Hanescu def. S. Robert||7-5, 3-6, 6-4|
|J. Sousa def. A. Nedovyesov||6-4, 6-1|
|P. Lorenzi def. P. Carreno Busta||3-6, 6-1, 6-2|
|M. Kukushkin def. S. Groth||6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (4)|
|R. Haase def. J. Smith||6-4, 6-4|
|D. Thiem def. D. Kosakowski||6-2, 7-6 (1)|
|N. Davydenko def. D. Goffin||7-6 (5), 4-6, 7-6 (3)|
|J. Nieminen def. D. Brands||4-6, 6-2, 6-2|
Vika Falters, Top Seeds Cruise
Friday marked the first day of action for the top 32 seeds in the women's draw, and they certainly didn't disappoint.
While Azarenka faltered in the night session, recording a dozen double-faults and surrendering 11 break points en route to an ugly loss, heavyweight Agnieszka Radwanska rolled to a straight-sets victory in the afternoon. And of the 16 seeded females in action, 24th-seeded Kaia Kanepi, 29th-seeded Daniela Hantuchova and 30th-seeded Elena Vesnina were the only others to lose their second-round matches.
Additionally, 19th-seeded Kirsten Flipkens and 22nd-seeded Alize Cornet were the only other top seeds to drop a set on Friday.
One of the most dominant performances on Day 2 was turned in by sixth-seeded Simona Halep, who disposed of Kurumi Nara in a hurry, winning 6-2, 6-2. Afterward, the 22-year-old showed why she's a dark horse to win this year's tournament, per Sports Illustrated's Beyond the Baseline on Twitter:
Asked Simona Halep what she does to take her mind off tennis. "I never take my mind of tennis. I love tennis." Gamer. #bnppo14— Beyond The Baseline (@SI_BTBaseline) March 8, 2014
With Azarenka going out early, Halep will now be the favorite in her quarter of the draw and should have an excellent shot to reach the semifinals next week.
Federer, Wawrinka Advance in Men's Doubles
It's rare that you ever see two top-10 men's players teaming up to play doubles at a Masters 1000 tournament. But on Friday, tennis fans got to see two of the sport's elite singles players show off their volleying skills, anticipation and chemistry in the often-overlooked doubles draw.
Federer and Wawrinka, teaming up for the first time in 18 months, knocked off the sixth-seeded pair of Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi in an absolute thriller: 6-2, 6-7 (4), 10-6.
Wawrinka, who recently surpassed Federer in the ATP world rankings and broke through with his first Grand Slam title in Australia, had tremendous praise for his partner after the win, per TennisTV on Twitter:
Wawrinka: 'we can all agree that he (Federer) is the best ever so it doesn't matter being No. 1 in Switzerland' #BNPPO14— TennisTV (@TennisTV) March 7, 2014
Although we aren't used to seeing the two Grand Slam champions on the same side of the net, their triumph shouldn't be that surprising. After all, they won doubles gold at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and reached the final at this event back in 2011.
Next, the Swiss pair will take on the winner of Ernests Gulbis and Milos Raonic vs. Novak Djokovic and Filip Krajinovic. But based on their performance on Friday, they'll be favorites against either team.
Looking ahead in the draw, the fourth-seeded pair of Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek appear to be Federer and Wawrinka's biggest threat. The two dangerous tandems could potentially meet in the quarterfinals.
Reigning men's doubles champions Bob and Mike Bryan are seeded No. 1 overall but wouldn't face Federer and Wawrinka until the final.
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