Indian Wells - French Open champ Stan
Wawrinka reached the Indian Wells fourth round while world No 2 Andy Murray
suffered a shock third-round exit at the hands of clay court specialist
Federico Delbonis on Monday.
Wawrinka toppled Andrey Kuznetsov 6-4, 7-6
(7/5) in the third round of the ATP and WTA hard-court tournament and two-time
Grand Slam winner Murray lost 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7/3) to 53rd ranked Argentinian
Wawrinka, who turns 31 later this month,
has won two titles this year in Chennai and Dubai but has never made it past
the quarter-finals in Indian Wells, one of the biggest events on the tennis
calendar outside of the four Grand Slams.
Wawrinka next faces 15th seeded David
Goffin of Belgium, who beat Guido Pella 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Murray's exit left things wide open in the
bottom half of the men's draw, where Wawrinka, Richard Gasquet, Marin Cilic,
Milos Raonic and Tomas Berdych all advanced.
Wawrinka is on a nine-match win streak in
finals after beating Marcos Baghdatis in Dubai. He captured his third
consecutive Chennai crown in January.
Last year he won four titles, including his
stunning 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 upset win over world No. 1 Novak Djokovic to claim
his first French Open crown.
Murray, 28, was playing in his first ATP
Tour tournament since losing to Djokovic in the final of the Australian Open in
"It was a tough one to lose,"
Murray said of the loss to Delbonis. "I fought hard to get into a winning
"I couldn't go for my shots and when I
did I made mistakes."
Murray, who became a father on February 7
with the birth of his daughter Sophia Oliva, looked rusty after his layoff.
Murray's forehand on match point sailed
well wide and long, ending the two hour, 46 minute contest on Stadium Court.
"He came up with some good passing
shots. I could have done a bit more with the volleys and my serve," Murray
said. "He moved better than what I expected."
French eighth seed Gasquet continued his
mastery over Alexandr Dogopolov by rallying for a 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 win to improve
to 3-0 lifetime against the 29th ranked Ukrainian.
With his victory in Montpellier earlier
this year, Gasquet moved to second place among Frenchmen in the Open Era with
13 career titles.
Canada's Raonic barely had to break a sweat
against Australian Bernard Tomic, who retired in the second set with a wrist
Raonic is trying to improve on his previous
best performance in Indian Wells, a semi-final loss to Roger Federer last year.
The 25-year-old Canadian, winner in
Brisbane this year, was up 3-0 in the second set in the third round tie, after
cruising through the first at 6-2, when Tomic called it quits.
In women's action, Indian Wells 2012
champion Victoria Azarenka, seeded 13th, defeated China's Zhang Shuai 6-4, 6-3.
But the event lost another top seed as
Swiss seventh seed Belinda Bencic fell to Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova 6-4,
Johanna Konta rolled to a 6-4, 6-1 win over
Denisa Allertova, who sent women's second seed Angelique Kerber crashing out on
Just three of the top seven women's seeds
are left in the draw, including world number one Serena Williams.