Even if out of the tournament, players stick around Indian Wells

Congratulations to Andy Murray for winning the Laureus Awards for Breakthrough in 2012!

A well deserved title!

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A lot of the players stay here even though they are not in the tournament any more. One of the reasons is definitely because it is a lot quieter than the upcoming event in Miami. Another reason is that there are so many courts available for the players to practice.

Usually once out of the draw the players want to leave but it is a jut different here with some of them.

This obviously gives the spectators a chance to see how the players are practicing and why they are working and emphasizing on preparations for the next event and of course getting better!

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Tournament roundup

Gilles Simon warmed up for his match against Benoit Paire, he won in three exciting sets.

Gilles Simon in action at the 2013 BNP Paribas Open. Photo courtesy of Cynthia Lum.

Gilles Simon in action at the 2013 BNP Paribas Open. Photo courtesy of Cynthia Lum.

Roger Federer cruised through his match by beating Ivan Dodig 6-3, 6-1. My colleague Sven Groeneveld and I watched the match of Caroline Wozniacki versus Elena Vesnina. Caroline won 6-2, 6-1.

Caroline Wozniacki in action at the 2013 BNP Paribas Open. Photo courtesy of Cynthia Lum.

Caroline Wozniacki in action at the 2013 BNP Paribas Open. Photo courtesy of Cynthia Lum.

It was really hot Monday in the stadium court arena. It felt like the heat was just worse there. Supposedly the temperature is rising day by day so there will be a hot couple of days waiting for us.

Ernest Gulbis has had quite a run so far. He beat Andreas Seppi in three sets and will face Rafael Nadal who had a walkover.

Angelique Kerber is representing Germany proudly. She won in straight set against Wickmayer, but it was a hard fight.

Angelique Kerber in action at the 2013 BNP Paribas Open. Photo courtesy of Cynthia Lum.

Angelique Kerber in action at the 2013 BNP Paribas Open. Photo courtesy of Cynthia Lum.

Andy Murray teamed up with his brother, Jamie. Unfortunately they lost to Janowicz/Huey. I watched them warm up before their match.

Murray brothers on the practice courts.

Murray brothers on the practice courts.

I had an 8 a.m. practice session with Ayumi Morita and due to the time change, I must admit I really struggled getting out of bed. I usually am an early bird, but it took me a day to adapt to having an hour less :)

What helped me was that I was not the only early one. Jack Sock was out there again early as well working hard. I am looking forward to seeing him play in Miami next week!

Enjoy the tennis!

Mats
@matsmerkel

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