On Tuesday “Generation Next” served notice as the match of the day at the BNP Paribas Open.Â American Ryan Harrison surprised Canadian sensation Milos Raonic 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-4.Â Harrison was no stranger to playing the Canadian having had contests with him in junior ranks. Raonic rallied from 2-5 deficit in the third set to within a point of reaching 5-5. Harrison found his composure and notched his 11th ace to end the almost two-and-a half hour match. For winning his third ATP tour level match this year Harrison will get to face second seed Roger Federer in the round of 16.
Kim Clijsters had a chance to return to the No. 1 spot at Indian Wells, but her tournament was cut short. Clijsters suffering from a sore right shoulder retired in her match against Marion Bartoli while leading 6-3, 1-3.
â€œSomething is not the way it should be at the moment in this area, so Iâ€™m going to have to figure it out, going to have some tests doneâ€
â€œI donâ€™t want to be in that position where Iâ€™m taking medication to cover the pain and not knowing if itâ€™s getting worse during my match.â€
Clijsters on her injury via her twitter account “It’s a part of being an athlete unfortunately … Hopefully i will be better by Miami. â€œ Sheâ€™s had some shoulder pain since the Australian Open.
In a pair of matches on center court that could have been the Harlem Globetrotters playing the Washington Generals, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer were the ones whistling the song “Sweet Georgia Brown.â€œ Djokovic destroyed Ernest Gulbis 6-0, 6-1. The Latvian although physically on the court, mentally he was on Mars.
Roger Federer provided his own beatdown with a 6-0, 6-2 dismissal of Juan Ignacio Chela. Chela jokingly raised his hands for polite applause when he finally won a game against the Swiss.
Andy Roddick had little trouble with compatriot John Isner 7-5, 6-2. Isner made too many unforced errors on his forehand wing.
The battle of Serbia sirens saw Ana Ivanovic against BNP Paribas Open defending champion Jelena Jankovic. Â Ivanovic played aggressively with emotional fist pumps and was in complete control of the points. Jankovic could never get into the match and fell 6-4, 6-2.
In addition to the victory the Ivanovic camp was busy answering questions about the changes in her team. It has been reported that Â within the past few days Ivanonic has split with her trainer Marija Lojanica. She recently called it quits with Antonio Van Grichen as a coach in what was termed a “trial.â€œ
Dinara Safina was no match for Maria Sharapova. Sharapova was sharp with her groundstrokes 6-2, 6-0.
The battle of the day saw Shahar Peer fight off Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 in two hours and 46 minutes.
Victoria Azarenka saved three match points in rallying to defeat Agnieska Radwanska 4-6, 6-3, 7-6.
Off court news – Quote of the day by Serena Williams from a USA Today article written by Doug Robson “At this point I would play Indian Wells â€” anything to get back!”