There go the defending champions.
Both Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova suffered defeats in the third round on Monday in California, ensuring that the 2014 Indian Wells will see new winners on each side.
The men's World No. 1 fell at the hands of Alexandr Dolgopolov in three back-and-forth sets, marking the Spaniard's first defeat on North American soil in nearly two years. After dropping the third-set tiebreak, Nadal, who has been dealing with back issues, talked about bouncing back in Miami for the second consecutive Masters 1000 event:
Over on the other side of things, No. 4 seed Maria Sharapova—much like Nadal—climbed back into her match by winning the second set, but she couldn't hold off the unseeded Camila Giorgi.
Jake Davies noted what the defeat will mean for Sharapova's ever-tumbling ranking:
With that loss Maria Sharapova falls to #7 in the rankings. Halep at a career high of #5, JJ moves to #6.— Jake Davies (@jakedavi5) March 11, 2014
Outside of those two massive upsets, mostly everything else went according to plan at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Monday. Let's take a gander at the complete results, along with a look forward to Tuesday's action.
Day 5 Scores
|Men's 3rd Round|
|Alexandr Dolgopolov (28)||Rafael Nadal (1)||6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5)|
|Fabio Fognini (13)||Gael Monfils (23)||6-2, 3-6, 7-5|
|Milos Raonic (10)||Alejandro Falla||6-4, 6-3|
|Andy Murray (5)||Jiri Vesely||6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4|
|Stanislas Wawrinka (3)||Andreas Seppi (29)||6-0, 6-2|
|Kevin Anderson (17)||Evgeny Donskoy||4-6, 6-0, 6-3|
|Roger Federer (7)||Dmitry Tursunov (27)||7-6 (7), 7-6 (2)|
|Women's 3rd Round|
|Li Na (1)||Karolina Pliskova||6-3, 6-4|
|Aleksandra Wozniak||Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (21)||6-1, 6-7 (3), 6-0|
|Dominika Cibulkova (12)||Ekaterina Makarova (23)||6-4, 7-5|
|Petra Kvitova (8)||Svetlana Kuznetsova (27)||6-3, 2-6, 6-0|
|Camila Giorgi||Maria Sharapova (4)||6-3, 4-6, 7-5|
|Flavia Pennetta (20)||Samantha Stosur (16)||6-4, 3-6, 6-1|
|Alisa Kleybanova||Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor||6-1, 6-3|
While the other top-ranked men avoided the same fate as Nadal, it wasn't always smooth sailing. No. 7 Roger Federer needed a pair of tiebreaks to get past Dmitry Tursunov, while Jiri Vesely battled No. 5 Andy Murray for nearly three hours before the Scotsman escaped in three sets.
Nevertheless, Fed-Ex made clear after the match he was encouraged by his performance, via BNPParibas.com:
Now I feel like I'm in a good place. Zen on the court. I know what my solid level is. Even if I won 6 and 6 today, I just feel like I was calm and served for the set. Okay, got broken. Still managed to stay calm. Down a set in the second; stayed calm and came back. So those are the moments where you feel there is confidence around somewhere.
Although Nadal's loss somewhat opens up Federer's potential path to the final, he still has a compatriot standing in his way, as Stanislas Wawrinka continued to roll in impressive fashion. The Australian Open champion took care of Andreas Seppi in under 50 minutes, dropping just two games and winning 67 percent of the total points.
Afterward, he and Federer, who are now one win away from facing each other in the quarters, looked at some clouds before taking part in their doubles match:
For the women, Li Na continued to look like the favorite with Serena Williams not in the field. The 32-year-old made easy work of Karolina Pliskova in straight sets, setting up a fourth-round match with Aleksandra Wozniak, whose last (and only) WTA title came in 2008.
Favorites Petra Kvitova and Dominika Cibulkova also advanced, while No. 20 Flavia Pennetta ousted No. 16 Samantha Stosur in three sets.
Day 6 Schedule
|2 p.m. ET Start|
|Tommy Robredo (16)||vs.||Marin Cilic (24)||ATP Round 3|
|Jelena Jankovic (7)||vs.||Caroline Wozniacki (10)||WTA Round 4|
|Alejandro Gonzalez||vs.||Novak Djokovic (2)||ATP Round 3|
|Alize Cornet (22)||vs.||Agnieszka Radwanska (2)||WTA Round 4|
|Not Before 10 p.m. ET|
|Yen-Hsun Lu||vs.||John Isner (12)||ATP Round 3|
|Not Before 11:30 p.m. ET|
|Li Na (1)||vs.||Aleksandra Wozniak||WTA Round 4|
Note: You can find the complete schedule of play for Tuesday here, courtesy of BNPParibasOpen.com.