Indian Wells: Novak Djokovic greets legend Pete Sampras after win

Indian Wells: Novak Djokovic greets legend Pete Sampras after win

For the second straight day, a Williams sister stole the show at Indian Wells.

Venus Williams booked her place in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open with a stunning comeback victory over Petra Kvitova.

"Honestly, a double break is not ideal against a great server, especially a left-handed server".

"I think I was missing something to be able to play at this level".

"The tournament in Australia was awesome considering all these things, the only regret is that I could not compete at my best in the final but I found a great Djokovic", Nadal told ESPN this week. "I just didn't play well today".

Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova, who was runner-up to Osaka in Melbourne, appeared to have taken control of the stadium court slugfest when she broke Williams for a 4-3 lead in the third. The Czech finished with 10 aces to 10 double faults.

"He had an unbelievable backhand cross pass, and we played a really long point ..."

Eugenie Bouchard, meanwhile, fell at the first hurdle following a three-set loss against Kirsten Flipkens at the WTA tournament.

"Suddenly, she just started to play better, I started to play worse, and that's why that happen to the third set, which I didn't break up, but I don't know".

"I'm really happy I found a way in that second set".

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Muguruza is the only player to have beaten both Serena and Venus Williams in tournament finals.

He dominated Rafael Nadal in January's Australian Open title and must be favored for a sixth Indian Wells crown - which would see him break the record he now shares with fourth-seeded Roger Federer.

Djokovic was playing his first match since winning the Australian Open in January and conceded an early break to his 25-year-old American opponent, ranked 128th.

Naomi Osaka, who followed up her US Open victory with an Australian Open triumph that propelled her to number one in the world, was to launch her title defense with a second-round match against France's Kristina Mladenovic.

Mannarino, ranked 52nd in the world, served for the match at 6-5 in the third. "Novak said he is pain-free and I knew he would return to his best, although it did surprise me how quickly he managed to do that".

"The tournament in Australia was incredible considering all these things, the only regret is that I could not compete at my best in the final but I found a great Djokovic and I think I was missing something to be able to play at this level", Rafael Nadal added.

Julia Goerges, Belinda Bencic, Karolina Pliskova and Danielle Collins were also winners.

Speaking ahead of the match, Nadal said he was refusing to be downbeat about his performances this year.

Analyzing one of his most complicated matches against Fernando Verdasco, Federer added: "It was very tricky".

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