3/12/13 4:11 AM | Ricky Dimon
Novak Djokovic will continue his Indian Wells campaign on Tuesday. Up next for the world No. 1 is Grigor Dimitrov.
Novak Djokovic and Grigor Dimitrov will be going head-to-head for the second time in their careers when they clash in round three of the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday. Their only previous encounter came last fall in Shanghai, where Djokovic cruised 6-3, 6-2.
Dimitrov ended last year at No. 48 in the world but he managed to snag a seed for Indian Wells and is in position to do the same for Roland Garros thanks to a stellar start to his 2013 campaign. The 31st-ranked Bulgarian finished runner-up in Brisbane and he is coming off a semifinal appearance in Rotterdam. Dimitrov improved to 10-5 for the season with a 6-4, 6-4 dismissal of Matthew Ebden on Sunday.
Djokovic dropped a set in a relatively lackluster win over Fabio Fognini in round two, but nobody is hotter than the top-ranked Serb right now--no, not even Ernests Gulbis. Djokovic has not lost a match since last fall in Paris, and even that was due to nothing more than disinterest. The two-time Indian Wells champion captured a third straight Australian Open title and he also triumphed in Dubai.
"I'm not concerned," Djokovic said after holding off Fognini. "I know I have been in this situation before where I had minor setbacks in a match, especially in the opening matches where I'm trying to get used to the court, the conditions, and so forth.... Mentally I was there. Confidence level is high obviously because of the run I had this year."
Dimitrov has the talent to hang with just about anyone on tour, but this is tough proposition for the underdog. Expect Djokovic to treat his opener as a wakeup call and take out Dimitrov in straight sets with a more impressive performance.
Find the latest tennis odds at Unibet.com
|1. Djokovic||12 500 pts|
|2. Murray||8 750 pts|
|3. Federer||8 670 pts|
|4. Ferrer||6 970 pts|
|5. Nadal||6 385 pts|
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