Lleyton Hewitt and Kevin Anderson ousted their seeded rivals in the second round of Indian Wells 2013, Jerzy Janowicz also advanced.
Former top-ranked Australian Hewitt is in a fine form at BNP Paribas Open and he entered third round after overcoming home crowd favorite John Isner. No break balls were created in the opening set, so the thirteenth game was needed to tell the players apart – it was a close race in the breaker as well with the 15th-seed American claiming it in the end. Two-time Indian Wells champion Hewitt was far from giving his hopes up and he stunned Isner by escaping to 3-0 in the second set. He had a chance to add another break and wrap up the set at 5-3, yet all three set points went begging, so Hewitt had to hold in the next game to level the terms – he did so only after rescuing two break point chances. A final breakthrough came at 3-3 in the decider as Isner conceded a break and soon faced the 98th-ranked Australian serving for the match. Although his opponent did produce a re-break ball, Hewitt nevertheless withheld the pressure, converted his fourth match point, and triumphed with a 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-4 end score. Isner hit 18 aces – fifteen more than Hewitt who nevertheless managed to hold all of his service games.
David Ferrer of Spain is another seeded player who is leaving the tournament after his opening match – it was interesting encounter, full of turnarounds, yet that will be of little consolation to the fourth seed as he was edged out by South African Anderson. The latter clinched a break first early in the opener, yet Ferrer bounced back and got his nose in front by 4-2 – he served the set out routinely. He was in an excellent position in the set number two, having a double break point in his hands. He wasted them both and got broken himself in the follow-up game – it was one set a piece between them. The Spaniard seemed to have been back on track in the deciding set which he opened with a break to love. He could not confirm it though and ultimately found himself one break down by 4-2. Anderson was not about to let go of the chance and tucked away the first match point few minutes later. The result: 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.
27th-seeded Pole Janowicz also had an exhausting day at the office against David Nalbandian, yet he run out a winner in the end. He went one nil up after claiming the first-set tiebreak, but the Argentine annulled the lead with the help of two breaks in the set number two. Janowicz then dictated the terms in the decider and was one with one foot through the door by 5-1. Nalbandian came back to 5-3, yet the young Pole sealed the match soon enough to achieve a 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3 victory after spending more than two and a half hours on the court. It was the first time the players have faced each other at ATP tournaments.