World No. 23 and rising ATP World Tour star Alexandr Dolgopolov will be blogging throughout the BNP Paribas Open.
Hello everyone and good morning from Indian Wells.
I have a few minutes before I have to leave for my practice.
Everything is going well so far. I’ve been here in Indian Wells for almost 10 days and I’ve gotten into a nice routine and I feel comfortable.
I’ve been waking up every day around 9 a.m. and I eat some of the stuff that I got at the super market for breakfast or I go to the restaurant at my hotel.
The men’s draw came out Tuesday. One of good things about being ranked in the Top 30 is that I get a bye in the first round and don’t have to play until Saturday.
I will play against Victor Hanescu or Andreas Seppi. They play the second match on Stadium 2 today. I know both of the guys and it should be an interesting match. If I have a chance, I might stop by and watch a little bit. It’s good to see a few games to see how they’re playing.
When I play the first match of a tournament it is always tough, but I just try and stay relaxed. I don’t really think a lot about the match and instead I focus on playing my best.
You hear players say they never look at the draw, but I actually look it. I’m interested to see who is playing who. I don’t really think about who I could possibly be playing later in the tournament, and just focus on one match at a time.
I’ve been practicing a couple of hours every day since I took a couple of days off. I usually play points with some of the other guys. If I am uncomfortable with part of my game, I’ll practice on that, but right now, everything feels good. The courts here are very good. The surface of the court is not very fast and it is a bit slow, but I actually like it that way.
Most of the time at tournaments I’m just practicing and focusing on my matches, but I have had a chance to see a little bit of Indian Wells. Since I’ve been here, I’ve noticed there are a lot of golf courses, but to tell you the truth, I’m really not into golf like some of the other players.
I have been out to dinner with my coach and friends. One night we went to a steakhouse restaurant. The steak I had was pretty good. On another night, we went to the Italian restaurant at my hotel. I really enjoyed the dinner that night. It was very good.
On Monday it was really windy and there was a lot of dust blowing around, but after that, the weather has been nice and sunny and not too warm. These are perfect conditions to play tennis outdoors and I hope it stays like this the rest of the tournament.
Well, it is time to wrap up my blog entry for today. I’m getting ready to go and practice. I’ll be playing on Saturday. I hope some of you will come out and watch my match.
Good-bye for now.