• Djokovic takes on Dimitrov at BNP Paribas Open

    3/12/13 4:11 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Djokovic takes on Dimitrov at BNP Paribas Open 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.

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baby fed off to a big start. Djokovic surely will turn it around and win in straights or at worst in 3.

willmw101 , 3/12/13 11:31 PM

I wouldn't be surprised at the upset. We'll see.

danica , 3/12/13 11:42 PM

Of course, dimitrov serves three double faults in one game to lose his serve when serving for the set. MASSIVELY PREDICTABLE.

willmw101 , 3/12/13 11:48 PM

No wait. 4 DOUBLE FAULTS IN ONE GAME. LOL. Massive let off for djokovic.

willmw101 , 3/12/13 11:49 PM

Djokovic will take this in straights now.

willmw101 , 3/12/13 11:50 PM

Massive choke.

samprallica , 3/12/13 11:52 PM

I am just reading that they both play terrible tennis. Tennis Channel still broadcast anything else ;)

danica , 3/12/13 11:52 PM

dimitrov played great tennis until he had to serve it out. Then....

willmw101 , 3/12/13 11:53 PM

Djokovic to easily win this tiebreak.

willmw101 , 3/12/13 11:58 PM

And theres another double fault from dimitrov to start the tiebreaker. LOL

willmw101 , 3/12/13 11:59 PM

Is it me or does Dimitrov have a terribly inconsistent return of serve?

samprallica , 3/12/13 11:59 PM

dimitrov seems to have the mental strength of a pencil. Genuinely awful tennis from the bulgarian. Djokovic still out of form in indian wells.

willmw101 , 3/13/13 12:01 AM

" the mental strength of a pencil"
Great line, I gotta give you that :)

danica , 3/13/13 12:02 AM


willmw101 , 3/13/13 12:03 AM

salute to djokovic, respect for conceding that point in the tiebreaker ! anyway, that was as big a choke as one can imagine ! haha

vamosrafa , 3/13/13 12:05 AM

2nd set djokovic will bagel dimitrov

willmw101 , 3/13/13 12:05 AM

Marian Vajda will be happy.

Where ever he is.


Conspirator , 3/13/13 12:14 AM

salute to djokovic, respect for conceding that point in the tiebreaker ! anyway, that was as big a choke as one can imagine ! haha

vamosrafa , 3/13/13 12:18 AM

During the Dubai finals, the commentator said he had a little chat with Vajda on that morning and that Vajda will take a break during IW and Miami. He said he was exhausted and that he needed to take a well deserved vacation. So, he will be back for the clay season.

danica , 3/13/13 12:20 AM

That choke from dimitrov was simply outrageous. (4 DFs in a game for a professional tennis player is virtually unheard of) Baby Federer? Yea, right. More like baby almagro.

tj600 , 3/13/13 10:58 AM

Ha ha, I like that, baby Almagro!

luckystar , 3/13/13 12:09 PM

Fed served 3 consecutive double faults against Andy in one significant game last year, so "Baby Fed" still apt nick-name, no?

deuce , 3/13/13 1:19 PM

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