Stunning comeback earns Venus Williams third round spot at BNP Paribas Open

China's Zheng Saisai loses in first round of BNP Paribas Open - Xinhua |

China's Zheng Saisai loses in first round of BNP Paribas Open - Xinhua |

In men's action, world number one Novak Djokovic shook off a nervy start to dispatch USA qualifier Bjorn Fratangelo in straight sets to reach the third round.

Djokovic went down an early break to the 128th-ranked Fratangelo, but leveled the set with a break for 5-5.

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).

Wozniacki now has a 3-3 win-loss record this year after the 2011 champion slumped to a 7-5 2-6 7-5 loss to Ekaterina Alexandrova. It was Djokovic's 50th match win at the tournament, his highest total at any ATP Masters 1000 event.

"I haven't competed for over five weeks".

The American was up a break in the first set and also ahead in the tie-break, but he was unable to deny the world number one. "I was so frustrated with myself from the half of the second set to the end, which shouldn't happen to me", she further explained.

"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.

Djokovic will play Philipp Kohlschreiber, who is ranked 39th, in the next round after the German beat Nick Kyrgios 6-4 6-4.

The Australian beat Nadal, former world number three Stan Wawrinka, ninth-ranked John Isner and number three Alexander Zverev on route the title in Mexico.

Kyrgios said it wasn't a matter of an emotional let-down in the wake of his first title in over a year. I think his serve really picked up.

"It feels incredible, I can't describe it", said Alexandrova after her second career Top 20 win.

"He's an incredible competitor", Kyrgios said.

Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Rafael Nadal to win this match.

In action for the first time since winning the Australian Open, Djokovic claimed a 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 victory over Fratangelo.

Fresh from earning his 100th ATP singles title a week ago in Dubai, the Swiss fourth seed repelled a tough second set challenge from the world No. 85 to book his third-round place. Kerber broke serve to open the match on her way to winning the first 10 games in a row.

Federer moved past Peter Gojowczyk, and takes on Stan Wawrinka next, while Rafael Nadal dismissed Jared Donaldson and will play Diego Schwartzman in Round 3. Though the 21-year-old tennis adept receives favourable outcomes during night sessions, however, she does not prefer playing during that part of the day.

Auger-Aliassime, who next faces Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka, is one of four teens in the draw, along with countryman Denis Shapovalov, Alexei Popyrin and lucky loser Miomir Kecmanovic. Kecmanovic received the last minute entry when Kevin Anderson withdrew due to an elbow injury and will open against Maximilian Marterer on Stadium 5.

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