Wednesday at the Indian Wells Open won’t soon be forgotten by the tennis fans. Plenty of unforced errors and shocking outcomes have featured that day. Both of the players in focus, Marin Cilic and David Goffin, lacked consistency but managed to prevail. The Croat outplayed Richard Gasquet from France who evidently tries to overcome his back issues. Cilic wasn’t in his best either: his knee was giving him much pain. The medical break made the things better for Cilic and he gained more confidence in his actions to secure an easy win in the decider.
In Stadium 2 Stan Wawrinka did the most he could to get the ticket back to Switzerland. The Belgium youngster showed more power, better footwork and stronger physics. The third-seeded Swiss has committed too many errors with last one being saved for the key moment: at 5-5 in a final tie-breaker Stan botched an easy overhead right on top of the net which provided the Belgian with a match point on his serve. And the underdog didn’t miss that chance.
In just a few hours Goffin will take on Marin CIlic in the first BNP Paribas Open quarterfinal. Usually the fresh Belgian is stronger that the Croat. A couple of weeks ago he proved it by defeating Marin in the Davis Cup action. This time we would also back David but for his thrilling match against Wawrinka. Goffin will be mentally exhausted. And unfortunately there is not much time for rest in between. On the other hand, Cilic is not in his best form now. His knee is another question mark. But will all the said above, Dotennis believes that Goffin will rule at the beginning of the match. For Cilic the start of the match is always a challenge.
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