Americans James Blake and Mardy Fish defeated Feliciano Lopez (Spain) and Milos Raonic (Canada) 6-3, 6-3 in men’s doubles action at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Blake and Fish will now face Treat Huey (Phillipines) and Jerzy Janowicz (Poland) in the third round of the men’s doubles draw. That’s what’s shakin’ at Indian Wells!
Well, that… and an earthquake. The seismic activity occurred Monday morning. The 9:55 a.m. quake had an estimated magnitude of 4.7, according to the California Institute of Technology’s seismological laboratory. The epicenter was about 12 miles from the desert community of Anza, which is near Indian Wells, site of the tennis tournament.
Enjoy the incredible British composure of insightful tennis writer/commentator Neil Harman, who is being interviewed as the quake hits…
The successful run that Mardy Fish is having is one of the more heartwarming stories of this year’s tournament. After not having played competitive tennis since withdrawing at last year’s U.S. Open (due to a heart condition), Mardy Fish is back. He appears stronger than ever, and his ongoing example of commitment to one game at a time, in spite of the challenges, is inspiring at this point in his career. Fish faces Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the third round of men’s singles. Tsonga, incidentally, defeated James Blake in round two in order to meet up with Fish in round three. That match will take place today (Tuesday) at 2pm (EST).
James Blake is having an equally successful run in doubles lately. His recent matches with talented partner Jack Sock have prepared him well for the intense competition at Indian Wells. Blake and Sock made it to the doubles finals at the US National Indoor Championships in Memphis three weeks ago, falling to the Bryan brothers. But they followed that by winning the double’s competition at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships two weeks ago.
But Blake and Fish weren’t the only American men’s doubles team to move on. Bob and Mike Bryan (1) defeated John Isner and Sam Querrey, 6-3, 6-3. Who knows — we just might see a Blake/Fish vs. Bryan/Bryan American men’s doubles final at Indian Wells this year.
Now that would be earth shattering.