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American Men Advance at Indian Wells

Mar 10th 2018

The ATP first round at Indian Wells wrapped up Friday night and American men have celebrated significant successes already. Qualifier Mitchell Krueger defeated Benoit Paire 6-4, 1-6, 6-4.  He faces Serbian Filip Krajinovic [25] in the second round. Taylor Fritz defeated his country man Reilly Opelka and Jared Donaldson defeated American qualifier Evan King. Tennys Sandgren advanced when Nikoloz Basilashvili retired at 6-3, 2-1. Qualifier Tim Smyczek beat Laslo Djere 6-3, 6-2 for his place in the second round.

John Isner

Wild card Ernesto Escobedo defeated Francis Tiafoe 7-5, 6-3. Indian Wells holds a particular significance for the Southern Californian: “I have been coming here since I was eight years old, a young kid with so many dreams, you know, with curly hair, with a visor, walking the grounds. I mean, you just dream to play here. I have always dreamed about playing here, a match on center court.” He faces Feliciano Lopez [28] in round 2.

Ryan Harrison and Donald Young, who made headlines over a heated exchange in New York last month, were both defeated in the first round, by Federico Delbonis and and Borna Coric respectively.

Fan favorites Jack Sock [8] and John Isner [15] each received byes in the first round, but already had success on the doubles court with a 6-3, 7-6 (6) victory over Fernando Verdasco and Albert Ramos-Vinolas. To incentivize top singles players to compete more heavily in doubles, the BNP Paribas Open offers a one-million-dollar incentive to any player, man or woman, who wins both titles this year—something that is surely a handsome motivator for both Americans.

Looking forward, the first and fourth quarters a particularly tough. Roger Federer [1], Hyeon Chung [23], and Dominic Thiem [5] all find themselves in the first. Juan Martin Del Potro [6], Kei Nishikori [22], Novak Djokovic [10], John Isner [15], and Marin Cilic [2] are packed into the fourth quarter.