By Nicholas McCarvel
Photo by Michael Cummo
Photo of the Day: Always glistening in the light, 2011 champion Caroline Wozniacki (nicknamed “Sunshine”) was made to work on Stadium 1 in the early afternoon at the BNP Paribas Open, beating a game Yaroslava Shvedova in three tough sets.
Match of the Day: There was plenty of pressure stacked on John Isner’s shoulders Sunday when he took to the court for his first match of the tournament, the 2012 finalist already the last American standing – without having played a match. But big John delivered in a big way, serving his way to a 7-6 (5), 6-3 triumph over the former world No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko in front of an inspired crowd on Stadium 2. Isner next gets Yen-Hsun Lu, whom he’s beaten twice, most recently (no surprise!) in two tiebreaks.
Honorary Match of the Day: Long on time on court and high in drama, the opening match of the day on Stadium 4 was one that wasn’t to be missed, with Alize Cornet outlasting Carla Suarez-Navarro 7-6 (4), 7-5, 6-3. The two battled for three hours and 22 minutes, making their tussle the second-longest women’s match of the year (and longest outside of the Australian Open). Cornet next gets Agnieszka Radwanska.
A Day of Upsets: If you were a big name on Sunday, you weren’t safe. No. 4 seed Tomas Berdych was the first to go, the Czech going down in straight sets to Roberto Bautista Agut. Later, No. 9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga lost, as did the No. 9 seed on the women’s side, Sara Errani, beaten by Australian Open semifinalist Eugenie Bouchard.
Stat of the Day: Often the magician, No. 2 seed Radwanska worked her magic again on Sunday with a 6-0, 6-0 stunner over Annika Beck. It was just the 11th time in the women’s event’s 25-year history that a double bagel had been executed.
Quote of the Day: Wozniacki has been going for morning jogs here in Indian Wells. Why? Hey, why not?! “I just love it. You know, the air is so fresh, it’s in the morning. It’s not too warm; it’ not too cold. You look around and you have like lemon trees, orange trees, and it’s just so nice. Sometimes I stop up and I grab a lemon or an orange. I think that’s why I love this tournament so much, because I just feel so sort of relaxed. It’s just nice to be here.”
Video of the Day: Does Roger Federer still get nervous? Yeah, sometimes. But it drives him, too.