Fabio Fognini of Italy on court March 11, 2017 in Stadium 1 at the BNP Paribas Open, where he upset Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 6-7, 6-3, 4-6. Photo: Toni McAllister
Fabio Fognini of Italy on court March 11, 2017 in Stadium 1 at the BNP Paribas Open, where he upset Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 6-7, 6-3, 4-6. Photo: Toni McAllister

The 2nd round of men’s singles play will conclude Sunday at the 2017 BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, while the first day of 3rd round play for the women got underway.

Fifth-seeded Spaniard Rafael Nadal was able to overcome the on-court temperatures of 120 degrees to beat the Argentinian Guido Pella in a 6-3, 6-2 victory.

Grigor Dimitrov was a 6-4, 6-0 winner over Mikhail Youzhny in a 70- minute match. The Bulgarian will face either Jack Sock or Henri Laaksonen in the 3rd round.

American Donald Young beat compatriot and Santa Monica resident Sam Querrey 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

The 35-year-old Roger Federer from Switzerland, who has a 52-11 record at Indian Wells, will face-off against right-handed opponent Stephane Robert of France at 7 p.m. Sunday in Stadium 1.

In women’s action, Caroline Garcia of France held out against 24-year old Johanna Konta from the U.K., handing the 11th-seeded Konta only her 2nd defeat in her last 10 games.

Spaniard Garbine Muguruza came back after losing the first set of the game and defeated the only American woman left in the 3rd round, Kayla Day, 3- 6, 7-5, 6-2.

The tournament continues through March 19.

–City News Service 

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