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BNP Paribas Open – Alexandr Dolgopolov

Good morning everybody.

It was a late night last night.  I played a first-round doubles with Xavier Malisse. We were one of the last matches to finish. We had to wait a long time to play because the matches scheduled on our court took a long time.

It was worth it because we won in three sets against Tomas Berdych and Janko Tipsaravic. When you play professional tennis, you have to wait to play sometimes. It’s not that bad and we’re used to it.

I don’t play doubles on a regular basis and a lot of the time it depends on how my body feels.  I decided to play here in Indian Wells, because the players get a day off in between singles matches and Xavier asked me to play right before the deadline for the doubles sign-in.

After I finished playing last night, I took a shower and then got a little dinner with my coach and then went to sleep so I could get up early to prepare for today.

Later this afternoon, I play my first singles match. I have to play Victor Hanescu in the third match on Court 5. I watched a bit of his first match when he beat Andreas Seppi on Thursday.

He played pretty solid. I know his game and he has a good ranking, so it’s going to be a tough match. I know him pretty well and we’ve practiced a few times.  He’s a good server and plays mostly on the baseline. He’s a big guy, so I’ll have to move him around the court.

Oh, I almost forgot, the other night on Thursday, I went to the player party at a place called the IW Club. It was a really nice party. We had a good dinner and it was a good time to relax and laugh for a little while. One of the best things about the party was just getting there.

I got to ride in a classic car to the party. It was one those cars they call a Woody. When we got to the party and climbed out of the car, there was a green carpet and there were photographers taking pictures. It was pretty neat.

I enjoy cars. I like to race rally cars, so I had an appreciation for being able to ride in the old Woody. The party was fun. Many tournaments have player parties. Here in Indian Wells, the tournament really knows how to treat the players well and they did a nice job of making sure all the players had a good time.

The other night I was surfing the web on my laptop and I saw what happened in Japan. The earthquake was terrible. It seems in the past few years there have been some big disasters around the world. It’s something to think about. I haven’t talked to Kei Nishikori about it yet, but the players are definitely aware of it.

Well, I’m off to get some hitting in and get ready for my match this afternoon against Victor. Wish me luck.

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6 Responses to BNP Paribas Open – Alexandr Dolgopolov

  1. L WEBER says:

    Hi Alex–I’m the person who doesn’t have much experience with technology, so pardon my awkwardness. In fact, this my first attempt at blogging and somewhat confusing for me. Wanted to congratulate you on your win against Victor and doubles win as well. How great for you (and us)!

    The next matches will, of course, get tougher and tougher. Del Potro is a big guy who appears to like rhythm his game, and he seems to be such a nice guy as he tries to fight his way up the ladder. He’s had such bad luck and deserves some success, and your doubles draw–WOW! But, I want you to know that many fans, both friends and family will be gathering at my home to watch the tournament. We are three hours ahead of California time, so that’s good because most of us will be through with our work day when you play, and we are hoping to see you on TV. Our time here just changed this morning, and even though we’ll be a little out of synch for a while, we won’t let that interfere with our tennis and cheering you on.

    Glad you are having so much fun in California, enjoying the weather, and other venues. Your blogs are so wonderful to read and add a bright spot to the day. What an awesome idea.

    We, too, with heavy hearts, are connecting with charities to help Japan. We will do all we can for the tragedy–whatever we can give, we will. All are hoping, praying, and wanting to do something special for that country’s devastation and recovery.

    Want you too know also, we will be watching and/or following you with passion, energy, and warrior “tennis” hearts. We are behind you all the way and great supporters of you. Neither sleet, rain, or snow (and we have all right now) will keep us from it.

    Wishing you all the BEST OF THE BEST with love and know you will try your best. That’s good enough for us even though we wish you more victories, and who knows what can and will happen. These big tournaments can be tricky as you know better than we. But, you remain such a joy to us regardless of the outcome. Think so highly of you! Linda and Ohio fans.

  2. Angel Post says:

    Hi, Alex! :)
    Congratulations on your first round wins, both in doubles and singles … It’s nice that both you and your dubs partner went on to win your singles … You’re obviously getting a good resonating vibe going! :)

    It’s amazing how much you accomplish in one day. Have you always been so organized? Or did tennis help you get that way?

    Last question: What sparked your interest in rally car driving? And how long have you been doing it?

    Have a wonderfully restorative day off! :)
    Angel

  3. Yura says:

    Hi from Ivano-Frankovsk!
    We wish you good luck tomorrow in hard fight with Juan Martin. But we believe you can beat him. He still has a lot of up and downs and of course you can use it. Alex, did you desite for which country you are going to play?
    Good luck!
    Yuriy!

  4. Nina says:

    Hey Alex,

    Thanks for writing the blog and congrats on your great results thus far at Indian Wells — and for making it into the top 25! Your natural ability, shot selection, and style is phenomenal — and is revitalizing the game of tennis for many of us fans. When you play it is like science, art, and athleticism all in one…fantastic. I am SO hoping Tennis Channel shows your third round match. Win or lose, just do the best you can and enjoy it (as your coach would say!). I know that many people are rooting for you. Wishing you all the best.

    Nina

  5. Nikita Messi says:

    Hello, Alex! You not have a clue how much I am was glad that is you will be writing the blog from Indian Wells, with Andrea…. Your last match was seriously good. Now You have grave hard time is awaiting with Juan Martin. I am having high hopes, that and now you will advise succeses without more considerable problems. Good Luck! Greeting from Poland, Joanna

  6. davidfrance says:

    Hi!
    Thanks for the great blog. I’m 26, living in Paris, so it’s hard to watch all the matches, but I’ll definately try. My dad’s from Kiev too. I wish you success in your match against Del Potro!
    David

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