Djokovic beats Fratangelo to reach Indian Wells 3rd round

Elena Summers
March 12, 2019

Naomi Osaka's ascent to tennis' summit began last March when she claimed her first WTA title at Indian Wells and, while the world No. 1 has since clinched two successive Grand Slams, the Californian event remains her sole victory outside of the majors.

Osaka, whose second straight Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January propelled her to the top of the rankings, avenged a loss to Mladenovic in Dubai last month in her first match since she lifted the trophy in Melbourne.

After a long talk with the trainer, she took the court for the second set, but called it a day after Muguruza held in the opening game.

Federer, who won the last of his Indian Wells titles two years ago but lost in the 2018 final, used his backhand slice to keep Gojowczk from gaining any rhythm in the first set.

"Being four months away with all the things that happened to me since the US Open", Nadal added on his injury woe. He arrived at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden anxious to play, despite his team telling him to rest. I think maybe from this perspective, I could have, should have made a different decision, but I believe it also taught me some valuable lessons that helped me to create fantastic results in the next seven, eight months and get from 22 in the world to No. 1 in the world in less than six months.

The 38-year-old veteran American broke the Czech once more in the match's final game, letting loose with a euphoric scream as she sealed one of her most impressive victories in recent memory.

"The preparation prior to the Australian Open was good because I had trained well but I did not play matches". "She has been playing so well and you never know what's going to come off her racket", Williams said in front of a fawning crowd in her native Southern California.

Despite Kvitova firing down 10 aces, it was nullified, as she also hit ten double faults, gifting Williams the free points.

Fourth-seeded Federer said he was relieved not to go to a second-set tiebreaker after falling behind 3-1 to the free-swinging German who is ranked 85th in the world. It feels like the ball stops for a split second while I am thinking about that.

"I really played bad", she said, "and in the end of the match she definitely played better than me".

Elsewhere on Saturday, fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova shook off a slow start to defeat Japanese qualifier Misaki Doi 6-7 (4/7), 6-1, 6-1.

Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber routed Yulia Putintseva 6-0, 6-2.

Donaldson's reply was pretty typical for a World No.192 who's just about to play a 17-time grand slam champion.

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