Indian Wells Men 3rd Round

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The Indian Wells Open Men’s singles 2nd round is now complete. In the 2nd round of the men’s singles all of the Top 32 seeds played against unseeded players and 9 of the seeds were defeated amongst the highest seeded players to lose were Marin Cilic, Gael Monfils, David Ferrer and Radek Stepanek. Nine of the Top 10 seeds remain which should provide a very interesting 2nd half of this tournament.

The matches that you should try to see in the 3rd round that could be the most fiercely competitive are Federer v. Baghdatis, Lopez v. Soderling, Berdych v. Verdasco plus best friends and big servers Americans Isner & Querrey. Also, Djokovic will need a turn around in form to beat No.25 seed Kohlschreiber.

The following is the draw for the 3rd round matches. The number in brackets before a players name is their seeding. A “Q” in brackets before their name means that player is a Qualifier. The names that have a line drawn through them are the seeded players who were seeded to make it through to this round but have been upset by lower ranked players.

  • (1) Roger Federer versus (27) Marcos Baghdatis
  • (18) Tommy Robredo v. (14) Stepanek Dudi Sela
  • (12) Monfils Simon Gruel v. (22) Jurgen Melzer
  • (30) Tipsarevic Thiemo De Bakker v. (7) Andy Roddick
  • (4) Andy Murray v. (32) Andreev Michael Russell
  • (23) Karlovic Nicolas Almagro v. (13) Ferrer James Blake
  • (9) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v. (24) Albert Montanes
  • (28) Feliciano Lopez v. (6) Robin Soderling

…which are the match ups for the top half of the draw. In the bottom half of the draw, the players who are facing off are:

  • (5) Nikolay Davydenko v. (29) Viktor Troicki
  • (19) Tomas Berdych v. (10) Fernando Verdasco
  • (15) John Isner v. (17) Sam Querrey
  • (31) Benneteau Mario Ancic v. (3) Rafael Nadal
  • (8) Cilic Guillermo Garcia-Lopez v. (26) Thomaz Bellucci
  • (21) Juan Monaco v. (11) Juan Carlos Ferrero
  • (16) Simon (Q) Brian Dabul v. (20) Ivan Ljubicic
  • (25) Philipp Kohlschreiber v. (2) Novak Djokovic

The player’s name that is bolded is OCA’s prediction of who will win each match. Pictured above is Spaniard Fernando Verdasco preparing to play his favourite shot his forehand drive. Verdasco’s best result in Masters 1000 events is making the quarter finals, which he has done on 8 occasions.

The 26 year old really needs step it up this year against the big players and at the big events. Verdasco won the 2010 San Jose title on hard courts in the USA by defeating Roddick to snap a run of 7 losses in a row against Roddick. So maybe that is a sign of things to come for Verdasco who is 2 wins to 28 losses against the likes of Nadal (head to head 0-9), Federer (0-4), Murray  (1-8) and Davydenko (1-7).

Stay tuned to this tennis website for further information and results at Indian Wells for both the men and women’s events. Click this link for more details -> Indian Wells 2010: Mar 12-21.

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