Harrison Falls to Dzumhur in Indian Wells
After an epic 2-hour, 10-minute duel, Damir Dzumhur came out on top with an incredible 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 victory over Ryan Harrison. The BNP Paribas Open has been a great tournament so far, and matches like this only serve to promote that effectiveness.
Having advanced to the second-round where he will go up against the talented Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Dzumhur gave the whole of Bosnia something to cheer. He broke Harrison in the final game of the match. Key to his success in this match was his ability to conceded just 3 of the 13 break points that he faced, showing his determination as much as his ability on the court shining through.
With Dzumhur reaching the quarter-finals of the Dubai Open, dispatching Stan Wawrinka as he went, he’s in an incredible run of form and wins such as this can only help to further plant him higher up the rankings.
The Bosnian is going to be joined in the second round by Vasek Pospisil, too. He’s playing to take on World No.1 Andy Murray, having come from behind to defeat Yen-Hsun Lu 6-7, 6-4, 6- across two and a half hours of wonderful, high-end tennis. Given that Pospisil is coming from the Qualifying Rounds, he’s going to offer something very different this Thursday when he plays Murray in another important match.
He hit a whopping 10 aces, converting six of his nine available break points, putting him in a position to relive the 2015 Wimbledon quarter-finals. This is a vital match-up for the Canadian as he is looking at a long return to the Top 100, having dropped as low as #137 recently. He was in the Top 25 just two years ago, so this is an important period of his career if he wants to make a genuine return to the top of the game.
Another success came for Fabio Fognini. Having been 0-6, 2-5 down against Konstantin Kravchuk, he fought back to win 0-6, 7-5 and 6-4 in 2hr 20 minutes. Such a battling performance earns him a battle against seventh seed, Jo-Wilfied Tsonga. That’s a big match-up and is a big chance for the Italian to go to the court against one of the players in the game at present.
Either way, the second round has some very interesting names who have reached this far – who is going to go the further out of the surprise names listed above?