Novak Djokovic entered the round of 32 after a three-setter, Marin Cilic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also through at BNP Paribas Open.
After Nole’s furious start – he delivered his challenger Fabio Fognini a bagel nineteen minutes into the match – few would have thought he would be stretched to three sets by the unseeded Italian. Top-ranked Djokovic dropped only six points in the opening set and he was dominating the second one as well until 4-2. However, the Italian broke back, saved a match point at 5-4, stunned the top seed with another break and served out the set to get back on level terms. Djokovic fended off a break ball at the beginning of the decider, but he found his rhythm after that and made it to third round with a 6-0, 5-7, 6-2 end result. Nole will now meet seed no. 31 Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria.
The 12th-seeded Croat Cilic and Spaniard Albert Ramos played a tight first set with few points won against the serve. The tie-break was pretty much one-sided though as Cilic kept producing set balls until getting lucky with the sixth one. That must have been a great boost to his confidence – he put the second set beyond any doubt by 5-1 and put a cherry on the cake with an ultimate love hold which granted him a 7-6 (7), 6-2 victory. Cilic will face Milos Raonic in round of 32 – the Canadian was given a walkover in second round and is yet to make his Indian Wells 2013 debut.
99th-ranked experienced American James Blake fought bravely against eighth-seeded favorite Tsonga, yet he fell short nevertheless. Ten-time ATP title holder Blake rescued four set balls before entering the first set tie-break where he generated three set point opportunities himself. Tsonga hung in there though and ultimately won the thirteenth-game lottery. The Frenchman grabbed two breaks in the following set, yet he could only confirm the second one. He soon started creating match balls and capped off his solid second round performance with a service game to love. The score: 7-6 (6), 6-4. His next challenger is another American, 32nd-seeded Mardy Fish.
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