Although this tournament is a bit less heralded than Indian Wells, it is yet and still another big one with prize money totaling near $5,000,000 while being a part of the Masters Series.
Pretty much all of the top guys are playing in the tournament. Nadal, Djokovic, Federer, Murray, Ferrer, Berdych, Isner and Wawrinka (as well as others).
In the “others” category, Jo Willy Tsonga is battling on the court with Marcos Baghdatis. Baghdatis won the first set 6-4. The second went to a tiebreaker in which Tsonga double faulted at 6-5 and set point, but pulled it out 8-6. Tsonga is 4-0 career against Marcos, so the loss would be disappointing, especially with Marcos being ranked in the mid 100’s.
Robredo vs Benneteau is also slated to play soon. They are currently in warm-ups. Should be a nice, quality match to watch. Benneteau has momentum, but it is always entertaining to watch a Spaniard and Frenchmen to go at it on the tennis court.
Federer, Ferrer and Murray are also scheduled to play today (Sunday).
Yesterday, Nadal beat Hewitt, Raonic beat Sock (4 and 6), Wawrinka won in 3 tough sets, Isner beat Donald Young after losing a first set tiebreak to him and Dolgopolov advanced by beating the ancient Jarkko Nieminen. Jarkko is 32 but it seems like he has been around forever. Monfils and Cilic were eliminated.
On the women’s side, Serena survived a tough match against Caroline Garcia of France (6-4;4-6;6-4). Sam Stosur lost (7-5;5-7;5-7) to 22 year old American Coco Vendeweghe. Sharapova and Ivanovic advanced while Sabine Lisicki had to default.
I’ll update the results later tonight or tomorrow.