Indian Wells, CA, United States (4E Sports) – World No. 53 Roberto Bautista Agut recorded the third Top 10 win of his career Sunday when he dismissed fourth seed Tomas Berdych, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open.
Bautista Agut, now 3-6 lifetime against Top 10 players in the ATP rankings, will next face No. 26 seed Jarkko Nieminen, who advanced after Florian Mayer retired in the second set.
Bautista Agut dictated play with his forehand and came within one point of leading 4-1 in the deciding set before Berdych battled back, only to be broken for the fifth time in the match at 4-4.
Then, Bautista Agut grabbed the next two games to finish the match in two hours and 23 minutes. He also grabbed a 4-2 in the first set, before Berdych won four straight games
Berdych, who reached the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships final last week, dropped to a 16-4 match record on the season that includes his eighth ATP World Tour title at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam .
No. 24 Marin Cilic continued his fine run of form with a 6-2, 6-2 win over qualifier Paolo Lorenzi in 71 minutes.
Cilic has an ATP World Tour-best 19-4 record this year, which includes two ATP World Tour titles at the PBZ Zagreb Indoors and the Delray Beach Open. He will next play No. 16 seed Tommy Robredo or Marinko Matosevic.
Mikhail Kukushkin beat No. 25 seed Vasek Pospisil 6-0, 6-2 in 65 minutes. He will now challenge Feliciano Lopez, who defeated lucky loser James Ward, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.
No. 12 John Isner beat beating Nikolav Davydenko,7-6(5), 6-3 to advance against Yen-Hsun Lu, who downed Philipp Kohlschreiber, 6-2, 6-2. Other winners were Alejandro Gonzalez, Tommy Robredo and Dominic Thiem.
On the women’s side, Simona Halep battled past Lucie Safarova, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, to become the first player into the fourth round of the Premier-level event.
Awaiting Halep in the fourth round is No.18 seed Eugenie Bouchard, who upset No.9 seed Sara Errani, 6-3, 6-3.
Also advancing was No. 22 seed Alize Cornet, who defeated No. 14 Carla Suárez Navarro, 6-7(4), 7-5, 6-3.
Other winners were Agnieszka Radwanska, Lauren Davis, Casey Dellacqua and Caroline Wozniacki.