Bernard Tomic, David Nalbandian and David Goffin are through to the second round of Indian Wells 2013 ATP tournament.
Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci had won his only previous clash against Tomic, yet the 45th-ranked Australian managed to make the head-to-head score level with a first round Indian Wells triumph. The opener could have really gone either way as the Brazilian – placed seven spots above Tomic on ATP rankings – generated a double break ball at 4-4, but allowed his opponent to turn around the game and clinch the opening set with his first break ball next. The following set was very tight as well with the Australian converting the single beak point opportunity to obtain a 5-3 lead and consolidating the break to enter second round at BNP Paribas Open. The final score: 6-4, 6-3.
Experienced Argentine Nalbandian, who is struggling to stay among top 100 tennis players, defeated 33rd-ranked Marcel Granollers-Pujol of Spain in first round. The counterparts opened the match by generating twelve break points and sharing two breaks between them by 3-3 in the first set. Nalbandian added another one in the last game to go one nil up. The second set was pretty much one-sided with the former number three Argentine first building a 3-0 lead and extending it at the end of the match. He took this one with a 6-4, 6-2 final score and is now leading the H2H series 4-0.
Serb Viktor Troicki found himself 1-4 down in the opening set against Belgian Goffin, yet he produced a five straight games comeback, wrapping the set up with a hold to love. However, the outcome of the opener did not put a dent in Goffin’s confidence – he became more consistent as the match went on and turned it around completely – he ended it on a high note and served it out with a love game. He secured his second round spot with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 triumph.