Tsonga beats Fish to reach last 16 in Indian Wells, Raonic ousts Cilic

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Milos Raonic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Sam Querrey pulled through to the fourth round of Indian Wells ATP tournament.

17th-seeded Canadian Raonic and 12th seed Marin Cilic of Croatia played a match where break point opportunities were few and far between. The Croat faced only two, both of which he failed to fend off. The first set, however, belonged to him after he broke his adversary in the sixth game and served out the opener without difficulties. Raonic started his comeback by escaping a double break ball threat in the beginning of the following set. He had to wait until 5-4 – when Cilic served to stay in the set – to generate his first break point – it was converted, so the third round clash went to the decider. The Canadian raced to a 3-0 lead and he did not let go off the one break advantage – he booked his spot in the last 16 with the first match ball. Raonic finished the encounter with an impressive 88% first serve winning ratio and with scoring 7 aces in the final set (16 in total), while Cilic hit all of his 8 aces by the end of the second set. Final result: 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Raonic’s next opponent is eighth-seeded Frenchman Tsonga who defeated seed number 32 Mardy Fish after a couple of successful tie-breaks. In the opening set the serves remained intact and the breaker was tight as well. Although the American grabbed the first mini-break, it was Tsonga who went 6-4 up and converted the set ball. In a rollercoaster second set Fish built a 4-0 lead, yet it was destructed after the Frenchman also pulled off a four straight games run. Even so, the experienced US player was serving for the set at 5-4 after seizing another break, but he lost the service game to love. He was nowhere to be seen in the tie-break, allowing Tsonga to wrap up his 7-6 (4), 7-6 (0) third round triumph.

The spectators of the clash between seed number 23 Querrey and Australian Marinko Matosevic were in for quite a marathon. The first two sets were quite alike – one loss of serve per player before entering a tie-break. Querrey clinched the first one, generated a match ball in the next one, yet he was stretched to three sets nevertheless. In the decider the American failed to confirm a couple of breaks by 2-2, but attacked again and served to make it to the last 16 at 6-5. The third match ball of the day did the trick for Querrey who won with 7-6 (5), 6-7 (7), 7-5 final result after almost three hours of tennis, smashing 15 aces and conceding 11 double faults in the process. He will face World No. 1 Djokovic in the fourth round of BNP Paribas Open 2013.

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