Rafa Nadal and Tomas Berdych claimed easy victories in the second round of Indian Wells, whilst in-form Ernests Gulbis brushed aside Tipsarevic.
Fifth seed Nadal, owner of two Indian Wells trophies (2007, 2009), was up to his task in his first appearance on the BNP Paribas Open courts this year. He has been in a great form lately and has already won a couple of clay-court tournaments since finally getting off the injury list. The first set against young American Ryan Harrison lasted almost an hour as the latter broke back by 4-3, but was not left much chance in the tie-break. Rafa did not stop there and started to turn the encounter into a one-man show – he first obtained a 5-1 lead in the second set and ended the match on a high note, wrapping it up with a hold to love. He took this one with a 7-6 (3), 6-2 end score and will play Leonardo Mayer next.
Sixth-seeded Berdych also put in a convincing performance at his Indian Wells 2013 debut, especially in the opening set in which he held all of his serves and broke Russian qualifier Mischa Zverev twice. The Czech was pushing his luck a bit in the following set, but succeeded to break back twice and ultimately grabbed another one of Zverev’s service games to secure his third round spot with a 6-2, 6-4 victory.
Latvian Gulbis continued his winning streak – he lifted Delray Beach trophy last week – and confirmed his great run of form by demolishing ninth seed Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia. He took the first set after breaking the Serb for the second time and bageled disappointed Tipsarevic out of the tournament in the second set. Gulbis advanced with a 6-2, 6-0 final result after only forty-nine minutes of second round tennis. He will take on Andreas Seppi next.