Action, weather start to heat up at 2013 BNP Paribas Open

Good day, tennis fans!

The heat is coming slowly but steadily. By mid-next week it will certainly get close to the 100s.

Most of the morning we spent off site at La Quinta. If the players want to get away from the busy tennis venue, they go to hit at the courts at La Quinta.

Caroline Wozniacki was on court for two hours.

Wozniacki practicing off site

Wozniacki practicing off site

Next to her was American Jack Sock having an extensive practice, too.

After the practice, they took a picture together for the spectators.

Caroline Wozniacki and Jack Sock

Caroline Wozniacki and Jack Sock

Novak Djokovic won in three sets against Fabio Fognini. He dominated the first set 6-0 then lost the second 5-7. The third set was fairly easy again at 6-2. The first match for the seeds is not always easy because their opponents have played a round here and are in the competition mode already.

Grigor Dimitrov won in straight sets against Mathew Ebden. Grigor is definitely a player to look out for over the next years! He will be a Grand Slam  Contender.

Andy Murray, who hasn’t played a match since the Australian Open Final in January, had a few starting problems but got through!

Andy Murray in his opening match at the BNP Paribas Open. Photo courtesy of Cynthia Lum.

Andy Murray in his opening match at the BNP Paribas Open. Photo courtesy of Cynthia Lum.

Then Sorana Cirstea played against Agniezka Radwanska. She won the first set 7-6 but wasn’t able to maintain that level of tennis. Radwanska is probably one of the smartest players out there. She is basically playing chess on a tennis court. Always trying to be one or two shots ahead of the opponent.

Cirstea couldn't hold on to her lead and lost to Radwanska.

Cirstea couldn’t hold on to her lead and lost to Radwanska.

Can’t wait for another day tomorrow! Better bring some sunscreen and an umbrella tomorrow!

Take care!

Mats
@matsmerkel

 

 

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