Djokovic By a Hair!

Indian Wells Masters 2010
March 17th, 2010, by Hiland Doolittle

Novak DjokovicSecond seeded Novak Djokovic keeps winning three set matches but continues find ways to add more drama to each win. The word number two survived three match points against German fireballer Phillipp Kohlschreiber in a 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (5) two hours 35 minutes war.

After two see-saw sets, the German raced to a 3-0 third set lead. As he has done recently, Djokovic stormed back grabbing a 4-3 lead. There was no quit in Kohlschreiber as he immediately broke back and followed with a service hold to get to 5-4. The German then won the first three points of Djokovic’s service game to earn triple match point. But, the Serb showed his mettle and held on before closing out the tiebreaker at 7-5.

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Djokovic’s three set match record for 2010 is 7-1. The Serb has mastered the ability to overcome adversity, which was a weakness prior to this season.

In other Monday news, Argentine Juan Monaco upset Juan Carlos Ferrero 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-3 in just over three hours. This is the third time the two have met this year. Ferrero won the two previous meetings.

Rafael Nadal was very impressive in his 6-2, 6-2 rout of Croatian Mari Ancic. The defending champion will face a strong challenge in the next round after American John Isner held serve throughout his 7-5, 6-4 win over doubles partner Sam Querrey. Isner has as much power as any player on the tour and when his 6’9” serve is working it is almost un-hittable.

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10th seeded Fernando Verdasco will take an early plane to Miami along with gal-pal squeeze Ana Ivanovic. 19th seed Tomas Berdych routed the Spaniard 6-0, 6-3 playing with unexpected ferocity that clearly caught Verdasco off guard.

Berdych will next face Serb Viktor Troicki who won via default from Nikolay Davydenko. The Russian suffers a broken wrist and will be sidelined for an undefined amount of time.

Djokovic will next face hard serving Croatian Ivan Ljubicic who rode 17 aces to defeat Argentinean qualifier Brian Dabul 6-2, 6-3. Ljubicic has now reached the fourth round at Indian Wells for the past six years.


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