Five Spaniards willing to reach the Round of 16 at Indian Wells
Five Spanish tennis players are among the last 32 of the first 1,000 Masters of the year, the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. It is a very good result for the ‘Armada’, especially without its flag bearer, Rafa Nadal. Of the six that started the journey, only Albert Ramos has been left behind, defeated by the Croatian Borna Coric, who will face Roberto Bautista later on today.
In addition to the clash of the Tarraconense, who has a six match winning streak (the five of the tournament in Dubai in which he won and his debut in California, against Jared Donaldson), David Ferrer will play against the Argentine Juan Martin del Potro , Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez will play the Americans Taylor Fritz and Jack Sock, respectively, and Pablo Carreño will face the Russian Daniil Medvedev.
The man from Alicante, David Ferrer, seems to have the toughest assignment: he was eliminated by Del Port in the second round of the Acapulco tournament a few days ago. Ferrer has beaten Tennys Sandgren in Indian Wells and in doubles (with Bautista) has achieved a real feat: to overcome in two sets the best team in the world at the moment. Marcelo Melo and Lukasz Kubot. Del Potro will test his form this week in the Californian desert.
Ramos, who was soundly defeated by Coric in the second round, maintains his low profile in recent tournaments. Since losing to Roberto Carballés in the Quito final he has played six matches in four different tournaments with a balance of two wins and four losses.