Indian Wells: Venus Williams scripts stunning comeback to beat Petra Kvitova

Pete Sampras watching my match gives me goosebumps says Roger Federer

World number one Osaka started her title defence well, cruising past Kristina Mladenovic 6-3 6-4.

Nishikori did not play in Indian Wells last year due to illness, falling outside the Top 30 of the ATP Rankings for the first time in six-and-a-half years after the tournament as he continued to recover from a wrist injury.

Wawrinka won a taut thriller against 29th-seeded Hungarian Marton Fucsovics 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 7-5, finally sealing it on his fifth match point after three hours and 24 minutes when Fucsovics lofted a lob long.

"I've covered these guys since they both came on tour, so you just can't not run into them from time to time", Wertheim said.

"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.

Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams went down early in the first set, but fought her way back to topple third seed Petra Kvitova 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 to reach the third round.

Djokovic indicated he was rusty at the start, having taken over a month off after winning the Australian Open in late January.

The champion in Melbourne, Osaka broke in the sixth game of the first set against Mladenovic, closing it out after a tough hold in the ninth.

"I haven't played in forever, so that was challenging in itself, to get back into competition", said Williams. A trainer visited Williams on court before she departed.

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She was broken four times, but proved more consistent in the bruising baseline rallies.

Kvitova racked up 10 aces, but also 10 double faults, and despite more than doubling Williams' total of winners (38 to 15), she also more than doubled her total of unforced errors (56 to 25).

"I struggled a little bit with my serving in that second set and that gave him chances".

"It was such a weird match, to be honest".

On Sunday, Tennis Channel had Federer and Nadal in the studio to chat after their respective wins, and Wertheim was on set for the Federer interview.

Karolina Pliskova booked her place in the third round after a hard-fought win over qualifier Misaki Doi.

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

The Serbian, victor of the Australian Open in January, will next face Philipp Kohlschreiber after the German dispatched Australia's Nick Kyrgios 6-4, 6-4.

Kerber, the eighth seed, progressed impressively, dismantling Yulia Putintseva 6-0 6-2 in just over an hour.

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