• Djokovic battles Querrey at BNP Paribas Open

    3/13/13 4:34 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Djokovic battles Querrey at BNP Paribas Open A place in the quarterfinals will be at stake when Novak Djokovic takes the court on Wednesday in Indian Wells. Up next for Djokovic is Sam Querrey.

    Novak Djokovic and Sam Querrey will be meeting for the sixth time in their careers when they clash in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday night.

    Djokovic leads the head-to-head series 4-1, including 2-1 on hard courts, but he lost their last meeting 0-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 last fall at the Paris Masters. Querrey's losses to the world No. 1 came in 2008 (twice), 2010, and earlier last year at the Rogers Cup.

    Djokovic should be far more interested for this one than he was in Paris, where he melted down after a first-set bageling of Querrey. The top-seeded Serb did not play great in wins over Fabio Fognini and Grigor Dimitrov, but in general he is in outstanding form. In fact, Djokovic has not lost a match since his setback against Querrey, a stretch of 20 straight wins.

    "I won four, five times against him," the two-time Indian Wells champ noted. "Yes, he has won the last encounter indoors. Different circumstances and conditions. We'll play in front of his crowd and he has a big serve and big game and he can come up with the goods when needed. He loves to play also on a big stage."

    That appears to be the case in 2013, as Querrey lost early in Memphis and Delray Beach but is back on track in the desert. The 6'6'' American rolled over Ivo Karlovic in straight sets then avenged a Memphis lost to Marinko Matosevic by surviving 7-6(5), 6-7(7), 7-5 on Wednesday. Querrey is now 12-5 for the season.

    "I'm just going to hopefully play well, hopefully be aggressive, hopefully on those break points, deuce points, have some balls go my way," said the world No. 23. "I'm going to try and just enjoy it out there. I might have to go outside of my comfort zone a little bit and do things I don't like to do, and hopefully it will pay off for me."

    It should at least pay off in a competitive match, because Djokovic does not seem to be in any kind of dominant form this fortnight. Still, count on the favorite advancing in straight sets.

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Nole was leading that Paris match 6:0, 2:0 while Sam was shrugging his shoulders and giving his team a look of "I don't know what to do". However, Novak certainly didn't care about that match. Prior to it, he flew back to Belgrade to check on his father and obviously decided that his family was his priority. His father was on the verge of death and no wonder Djoko felt his place should have been elsewhere. I am not diminishing Sam's success. It is valid and it is a win that he earned and deserved.

danica , 3/13/13 8:43 AM

Sam is no threat to Nole even when Nole is not playing his best...straight sets win for Nole...

natashao , 3/13/13 12:36 PM


I agree. I think that Nole has a lot of confidence right now. He should, having not been defeated this year. Tennis is so much mental. He has belief and knows that he is able to win even when not playing at his best level.

Querrey has done well to get to the fourth round, but this is where it ends.

Nativenewyorker , 3/13/13 7:14 PM

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