Indian Wells Tennis Schedule 2014: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic Advance At BNP Paribas Open As Monday Has Alexandr Dolgopolov Match

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Mar 10, 2014 02:01 PM EDT
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Rafael Nadal (ESP) reacts after winning his 2nd round match against Radek Stepanek (CZE) during the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Nadal won 2-6, 6-4, 7-5. M"

The Indian Wells tennis tournament for 2014 is all started up at the BNP Paribas Open and both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are through to the next round and Rafa will be playing on Monday against Alexandr Dolgopolov in his match and Djokovic now moves ahead and that comes after Tomas Berdych fell at the tournament.

On the women's side, Li Na is in action on Monday and so is Maria Sharapova, while Ana Ivanovic and Sloane Stephens will battle as well. Nadal is in action and so is Andy Murray along with Roger Federer and if those players matchup, that will make for some great tennis heading into the back stretch of the tournament.

This is one of the best warm-ups heading into this stretch of the season and Nadal is looking to continue his strong streak into Indian Wells. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Stanislas Wawrinka all advanced past their opening matches with ease and Federer was coming into things after winning in Dubai last week.

Check here for the tournament schedule.

Here is more on the tournament from Reuters.com:

Novak Djokovic remained on course for his first title of the season with a second round victory over Victor Hanescu 7-6 6-2 at the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday.

Djokovic, the second ranked player in the world, is off to a slow 2014 and has only defeats at the Australian Open and the Dubai Duty Free Championship to show for thus far.

He failed to reach the final in either event, but does bring positive vibes to Indian Wells, California where he is a two-time champion.

Facing the Romanian Hanescu, Djokovic fended off five break points during the competitive opening set before dominating the tiebreaker and taking complete control of the match from there.

"I didn't make any returns in the first set. (In the) Second set I also struggled with the return, which is one of my better sides in the game generally speaking," Djokovic told reporters after registering his 550th career win, the sixth active player to do so.

"It's the first match and it takes a little bit of time to get used to the center court. I haven't played on it this year."

Djokovic will next face Alejandro Gonzalez who made the third round by defeating Ivan Dodig 6-4 2-6 7-6.

Elsewhere in the draw, a couple of high seeds were sent home packing early.

Fourth seed Tomas Berdych was upset by Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut 4-6 6-2 6-4.

Berdych had been in strong form, winning 11 matches in a row in February, but slipped up in the early loss.

Sixth seed Juan Martin del Potro withdrew because of a left wrist injury that had also forced him out of the Dubai tourney last week.

Ninth seed Jo-Willfried Tsonga, of France, also bowed out in a 6-4 6-4 loss to fellow countryman Julien Benneteau.

Eighth seed Richard Gasquet and 12th seed John Isner advanced after surviving a volatile day. (Reuters)

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