Monday, March 16, 2015

Indian Wells: Djokovic faces Ramos

Indian Wells: Djokovic faces Ramos

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic continues his title defence on Day 5 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The Serb goes up against Spain’s Albert Ramos-Viñolas for the first time in the night session.

[1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs Albert Ramos-Viñolas (ESP)

• Djokovic kick started his title defence with a 6-1, 6-3 defeat of Baghdatis. The Serb won 82% of points behind his serve.
• Djokovic is set for his 10th appearance at the BNP Paribas Open. He was a champion in 2008 (d. Fish), 2011 (d. Nadal) and 2014 (d. Federer).
• Djokovic has won 16 of his last 18 matches against Spanish opposition, with his two defeats coming last year against Nadal at Roland Garros and Robredo in Cincinnati.
• Djokovic arrived in Indian Wells after helping Serbia reach the Davis Cup World Group QF with victory over Croatia. The world No. 1 defeated Mate Delic before teaming up with Nenad Zimonjic to clinch the doubles points.
• In January, Djokovic became the first man in the Open Era to win five Australian Open titles, defeating Murray in the final. It was his eighth Grand Slam crown, putting him level with Agassi, Connors, Lendl, Perry and Rosewall in eighth place on the all-time list for most major titles.
• Djokovic’s last tournament outing came in Dubai two weeks ago where he fell to Federer in the final. He had been bidding to become the 12th player in the Open Era to win 50 titles. He is currently tied with coach Boris Becker on 49.

• Djokovic is spending his 138th week at world No. 1 and he is now just three weeks away from tying Nadal for the sixth-most weeks at the summit of the Emirates ATP Rankings (since Aug 23, 1973).
• In 2014, Djokovic finished the season at No. 1 for the third time in four years, winning an ATP World Tour-high seven titles in eight finals. His season was highlighted by capturing a second Wimbledon crown, four ATP Masters 1000 titles and the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London.
• Ramos-Viñolas saw off both Troicki and No. 28 seed Benneteau in straight sets to reach the 3R.
• Ramos-Viñolas is appearing at Indian Wells for the third time. He reached the 3R in 2012 (l. to Andujar) and the 2R in 2013 (l. to Cilic). He is looking to reach the 4R for the first time.
• Ramos-Viñolas has never beaten a Top 10 opponent (0-11).
• Ramos-Viñolas opened his season with a QF showing in Auckland (l. to Pouille).
• In 2014, Ramos-Viñolas finished in the Top 100 for the fourth straight year, highlighted by a QF in Buenos Aires (l. to Ferrer).

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