The BNP Paribas Open is one of the marquee non-Grand Slam events on the entire tennis schedule, and it has lived up to its billing through four days of action.
There have been plenty of upsets in the early going, and Day 4 added to the total.
No. 4 Tomas Berdych and No. 9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga were both eliminated on the men’s side of the draw, while No. 9 Sarah Errani, No. 13 Roberta Vinci and No. 14 Carla Suarez Navvaro all lost on the women’s side of things.
Here is a look at the complete list of Day 4 scores:
|Yen-Hsun Lu (Chinese Taipei)||Philipp Kohlschreiber (Germany)||6-2, 6-2|
|No. 12 John Isner (USA)||Nikolay Davydenko (Russia)||7-6, 6-3|
|No. 20 Ernests Gulbis (Latvia)||Joao Sousa (Portugal)||6-3, 6-3|
|Roberto Bautista Agut (Spain)||No. 4 Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic)||4-6, 6-2, 6-4|
|Mikhail Kukushkin (Kazakhstan)||No. 25 Vasek Pospisil (Canada)||6-0, 6-2|
|Dominic Theim (Austria)||No. 21 Giles Simon (France)||7-6, 6-2|
|No. 24 Marin Cilic (Croatia)||Paolo Lorenzi (Italy)||6-2, 6-2|
|Alejandro Gonzalez (Columbia)||No. 31 Ivan Dodig (Croatia)||6-4, 2-6, 7-6|
|No. 8 Richard Gasquet (France)||Teymuraz Gabashvili (Russia)||6-0, 2-0 (retirement)|
|No. 30 Fernando Verdasco (Spain)||Horacio Zeballos (Argentina)||7-5, 7-5|
|No. 15 Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria)||Robin Haase (Netherlands)||6-4, 6-3|
|Jarkko Nieminen (Finland)||No. 26 Florian Mayer (Germany)||6-1, 1-0 (retirement)|
|Feliciano Lopez (Spain)||No. 6 James Ward (Great Britain)||3-6, 6-2, 6-4|
|Julien Benneteau (France)||No. 9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France)||6-4, 6-4|
|No. 16 Tommy Robredo (Spain)||Marinko Matosevic (Australia)||7-6, 5-7, 6-4|
|No. 2 Novak Djokovic (Serbia)||Victor Hanescu (Romania)||7-6, 6-2|
|No. 6 Simona Halep (Romania)||No. 26 Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic)||6-2, 4-6, 6-4|
|No. 18 Eugenie Bouchard (Canada)||No. 9 Sarah Errani (Italy)||6-3, 6-3|
|Casey Dellacqua (Australia)||No. 13 Roberta Vinci (Italy)||4-6, 6-4, 6-3|
|No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark)||Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan)||7-6, 3-6, 6-1|
|No. 22 Alize Cornet (France)||No. 14 Carla Suarez Navvaro (Spain)||6-7, 7-5, 6-3|
|Lauren Davis (United States)||Varvara Lepchenko (United States)||6-3, 6-2|
|No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland)||Annika Beck (Germany)||6-0, 6-0|
|No. 7 Jelena Jankovic||Magdalena Rybarikova||6-3, 6-2|
With the NCAA tournament right around the corner, it is only appropriate that there has been so much attrition with some of the higher seeds in Indian Wells thus far. It’s March, after all.
The question now: Will there be a return to normalcy in the Day 5 schedule?
Here is a look some of the notable matches for Day 5:
|1||No. 1 Na Li (China)||Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic||2 p.m.|
|1||No. 7 Roger Federer (Switzerland)||No. 27 Dmitry Tursunov (Russia)||2 p.m.|
|1||No. 4 Maria Sharapova (Russia)||Camila Giorgi (Italy)||not before 5 p.m.|
|1||No. 1 Rafael Nadal (Spain)||No. 28 Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine)||not before 5 p.m.|
|1||No. 11 Ana Ivanovic (Serbia)||No. 17 Sloane Stephens (United States)||not before 10 p.m.|
|1||No. 11 Tommy Haas (Germany)||No. 19 Kei Nishikori (Japan)||not before 11:30 p.m.|
|2||No. 5 Andy Murray (Great Britain)||Jiri Vesely (Czech Republic)||2 p.m.|
|2||No. 13 Fabio Fognini (Italy)||No. 23 Gael Monfils (France)||2 p.m.|
|2||No. 3 Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland)||No. 29 Andreas Seppi (Italy)||2 p.m.|
|2||No. 8 Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic)||No. 27 Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia)||2 p.m.|
|2||No. 12 Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia)||No. 23 Ekaterina Makarova (Russia)||not before 8 p.m.|
|3||No. 16 Samantha Stosur (Australia)||No. 20 Flavia Pennetta (Italy)||2 p.m.|
Meanwhile, it is worth looking back at a couple of the notable scores from Day 4.
No. 2 Novak Djokovic defeats Victor Hanescu, 7-6, 6-2
In a day dominated by upsets, No. 2 Novak Djokovic made sure he wasn’t the biggest name to fall.
While the match was over in an efficient two sets, Djokovic had to work for the first set, eventually winning it 7-6. Victor Hanescu deserves some credit for putting up an impressive fight early on against one of the best (if not the best) tennis players in the world.
Yet Djokovic took the momentum from the hard-fought first set and cruised to victory in the second, 6-2.
Will Novak Djokovic win the title in Indian Wells?
Looking forward, it is difficult to see anyone knocking off Djokovic if he plays this well for the rest of the tournament.
He is a completely dominant player when he is on his game. With so many of the top-seeded players bowing out in the early going, the path to a title in Indian Wells is clearer every day. All Djokovic has to do is continue to win and he will find himself in the finals (presumably against No. 1 Rafael Nadal).
Roberto Bautista Agut defeats No. 4 Tomas Berdych, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
Perhaps the most notable score on the Day 4 sheet was the loss by No. 4 Berdych.
Roberto Bautista Agut, who isn’t exactly known for knocking off the top-ranked players in the world on a consistent basis, battled back from an early deficit to win the final two sets. It appeared as if Berdych was well on his way to victory after winning the first set, which makes the comeback from Bautista Agut all the more striking.
Berdych was not pleased with how he played, as evidenced in comments he made after the match (via Sky Sports):
Anything I touched today was basically bad and was wrong. Definitely my worst match that I had this year. I just started to feel not tight but not that crisp, like in the last couple of weeks.
It will be interesting to watch if Bautista Agut knocks off any more big names in the later rounds.
No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki defeats Yaroslava Shvedova, 7-6(7), 3-6, 6-1
The former World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki had to battle from the opening set against Yaroslava Shvedova:
Tough battle out there today! Happy to be thru after 2.5 hours on court! #IndianWells— Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki) March 10, 2014
Wozniacki was impressive in the first set, coming through in a critical tiebreaker that helped set the tone for the entire match. Then Shvedova bounced back in the second set, and we appeared to be well on the way to a classic showdown in Indian Wells.
Instead, however, Wozniacki made quick work of her opponent in a decisive seven games in set three and will move on to the next round. She may not be playing at quite the same level she did when she was the top-ranked player in the world, but Wozniacki deserves some credit for a hard-fought victory on Day 4 of the BNP Paribas Open.
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