03/09 00:11 CST Federer, Nadal, Murray advance at Indian Wells
Federer, Nadal, Murray advance at Indian Wells
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) --- Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and
Stanislas Wawrinka won their opening matches Saturday in the BNP Paribas Open.
Federer, the four-time champion seeded seventh, beat French qualifier
Pail-Henri Mathieu. The Swiss star was coming off his 78th career title last
week in Dubai.
"It's important to win," he said. "It's a lot different from Dubai. You have to
force a bit more, but I'm satisfied."
In a late match, the top-seeded Nadal rallied to beat Radek Stepanek 2-6, 6-4,
The fifth-seeded Murray topped Lukas Rosol 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, and the third-seeded
Wawrinka, playing for the first time since winning the Australian Open, beat
Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 7-5.
Kevin Anderson and Tommy Haas also moved into the third round. Anderson spoiled
two-time tournament champion Lleyton Hewitt's bid for his 600th career match
win, topping the Australian 7-6 (5), 6-4. Haas, who will be 36 on April 3,
rolled to a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Jeremy Chardy.
In women's play, top-seeded Na beat Chinese compatriot Zheng Jie 6-1, 7-5, and
fourth-seeded Maria Sharapova opened her title defense with a 6-1, 6-4 victory
over Julia Goerges.
Fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber dropped out, falling 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 to
Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor. Aleksandra Wozniack also beat No. 15 Sabine Lisicki
7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (5).
Murray reached the final in 2009, but has mostly struggled in the event.
"I think it's important sometimes to think about it, because when you're not
expecting it to happen and then it does, that's when it can kind of take you by
surprise and you might panic a little bit or worry," Murray said. "But I don't
feel like (that happened) today. I was a set and a break down. I got broken
three times in a row the end of the first set, beginning of the second. I just
kind of kept going and found a way to win, which is always the most important
Mikhail Youzhny, seeded 14th, withdrew because of a back injury and the
American men's contingent was trimmed from its initial 14 members to one after
losses by Michael Russell, Sam Querrey, Tim Smyczek and Ryan Harrison. The only
U.S. player remaining is 12th seed John Isner, who will face Nikolay Davydenko
Li is playing her second event since winning the Australian Open.
"This is the first match after Doha, two weeks, and of course for I cannot be
100 percent for the first match," Li said. "But I was happy. At least I can
learn something from today's match."
Li will face Karolina Pliskova, a 7-5, 6-2 winner over No. 28 Klara Zakopalova.
Eighth-seeded Petra Kvitova, No. 11 Ana Ivanovic and No. 12 Dominika Cibulkova
also won early matches.