Jo-Wilfried Tsonga edged out Raonic after a set down, while Kevin Anderson upset Simon to advance into Indian Wells 2013 quarterfinals.
17th-seed Milos Raonic came strong into the fourth round match against eighth-seeded Frenchman Tsonga. He created five break ball chances and converted one of them to make it 4-2 in the opener. He controlled the events later in the set too and never came close to dropping a service game, which meant he acquired a one set lead. The second set was all square until 5-5 with practically no points won against the serve. At this point Tsonga pulled off another love hold and built a 40-0 lead when the Canadian was serving to stay in the set. The first two break ball chances went begging, but ten-time ATP title holder Tsonga tucked away the third one. The decider followed almost the same script – exceptional serving performance by 4-4, Tsonga’s hold to love and Raonic suffering the second loss of serve in the match which the Frenchman thus won with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 end score. He is to meet the better of Djokovic-Querrey pair in BNP Paribas Open quarterfinals.
Unseeded South African Anderson played an up-and-down match against seed number twelve Gilles Simon of France. World No. 37 Anderson was a dominant figure in the opener as he broke the Frenchman early on and closed out the set by seizing another one of his opponent’s serves. A completely different story in the second set – Simon was clinching breaks at will and he made one set each after a five straight games run. However, the South African calmed down in the decider, broke Simon in the opening game and kept him at bay for the rest of the set. He secured his quarterfinal ticket with the match ball number one. He progressed with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 triumph and will face Tomas Berdcyh next.
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