Novak Djokovic went through an intense resistance from young lad Kyle Edmund on Sunday to progress to the BNP Paribas Open third round with a 6-4, 7-6(5) win.
The victory sets up a blockbuster bout between Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro, who knocked out fellow countryman Federico Delbonis 7-6(5), 6-3.
Highlights from the Djokovic-Edmund clash:
British Edmund looked strong as he served for the second set at 5-3, yet couldn’t finish it off as Djokovic edged back with a break in the ninth game and won the match in the following tie-break after 111 minutes. It was the closest the 22-year-old Edmund has come to clinching a set off Djokovic in three encounters with ‘The Sebinator’.
The five-times champion at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden will look forward to stretching his winning tally to 300th of his career (299-62 record) as he faces Juan Martin del Potro.
In another tale, with on-court temperatures soaring to 120 degrees, Rafael Nadal kept his cool with a 6-3, 6-2 straight victory over Guido Pella in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday.
Highlights from Nadal-Pella clash:
Pella got all pumped up after he broke Nadal in the third game of their first encounter. But the Spanish Raging Bull kicked back and pulled ahead with six of the next seven games to take the opener. As Nadal posted an early break in the second set, Pella ousted his momentum by canceling out the break in the second game, but the world No.6 took the lead in the fifth game and won the last five games as he sealed the victory in 81 minutes.
The three-time winner of the tournament will face fellow countryman F. Verdasco in the third round Tuesday.
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal can possibly cross paths in the quarterfinals at the BNP Paribas Open.
But as the Californian tournament has seen, 129th-ranked 16th seed qualifier Vasek Pospisil knocking out world No.1 top seed Andy Murray in straight sets in the opening round. Anything can’t be assured, folks!
It seems Rafa does have a career in Soccer too!