Predicted Winners in BOLD
I am still in mild shock over Rafa being beaten, but tennis is a funny game at times.
John Isner (12) vs. Yen-Hsun Lu - US tennis needs Isner to make something happen in 2014. He has done well at Indian Wells in the past and has a workable draw to advance this year.
Dominic Thiem vs. Julien Benneteau - I picked Benneteau last round and will stick with him this round.
Novak Djokovic (2) vs. Alejandro Gonzalez - Novak has a chance to set doubters straight at Indian Wells. His draw is favorable for reaching the final.
Feliciano Lopez vs. Mikhail Kukushkin - This is a 50-50 match, but I think Lopez’ backhand may be his undoing.
Jarkko Nieminen vs. Roberto Bautista-Agut - The late blooming Spaniard is having a nice year.
Richard Gasquet (8) vs. Fernando Verdasco (30) – How can anyone predict this match? It should be entertaining, but my pick is a shot in the dark at best.
Grigor Dimitrov (15) vs. Ernests Gulbis (20) – This could be a great match. Gulbis has a live arm and a lot of natural power. Dmitrov is climbing the ladder. Both men have had solid 2014 outings to this point.
Tommy Robredo (16) vs. Marin Cilic (24) – I hope Robredo wins, but I think Cilic is in a great groove.