The ups and downs in which tennis was played on four continents, stretching from the first round of Davis Cup to two WTA tournaments.
Despite the short offseason, many leading contenders on both the men’s and the women’s tours returned to action near New Year’s in tournaments from Australia to the Middle East. Here’s a look at who sizzled and who fizzled during the first week of the 2013 season.
Victoria Azarenka defeated Serena Williams to claim the WTA title at Indian Wells.
Novak Djokovic overcame rival Rafael Nadal in an ATP semifinal at the BNP Paribas Open.
Rafael Nadal overcame Kei Nishikori in an ATP quarterfinal at the BNP Paribas Open.
In an ATP quarterfinal at the BNP Paribas Open, David Goffin defeated former US Open champion Marin Cilic.
WTA quarterfinal action at the BNP Paribas Open saw Agnieszka Radwanska defeat Petra Kvitova.
Rafael Nadal defeated Fernando Verdasco in ATP action at the BNP Paribas Open.