Young Beats Kozlov In Opener

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In an all-American first-round clash at the BNP Paribas Open on Friday, Donald Young overcame #NextGenATP Stefan Kozlov 7-5, 7-6(5) in just under two hours.

Young, who goes on to face another American in 23rd seed Sam Querrey, enjoyed strong showings on home soil last month, reaching back-to-back semifinals in Memphis (l. to Harrison) and Delray Beach (l. to Sock), and has an 8-4 mark on the season.

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The Atlanta native is bidding to reach the third round at this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament for the fourth time and will face Querrey for the first time at tour level.

Roger Federer will open his bid for a fifth Indian Wells crown against Stephane Robert after the Frenchman defeated Dudi Sela 6-4, 6-4.

Great Britain’s Daniel Evans set a second-round clash with fourth seed Kei Nishikori after surging through his opener with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Dustin Brown in 53 minutes. The right-hander will face Nishikori for the third time, having beaten the Japanese in their first meeting at the US Open four years ago.

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The 26-year-old Evans is enjoying a career-best start to the season, reaching his first ATP World Tour final in Sydney (l. to Muller) and going on to make the fourth round of the Australian Open (l. to Tsonga). He is currently a career-high No. 41 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

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Federico Delbonis will face Juan Martin del Potro in an all-Argentine second-round clash after defeating Andrey Kuznetsov 6-3, 6-4. Meanwhile, Facundo Bagnis will face Alexander Zverev and Horacio Zeballos earned a match-up with Nick Kyrgios.

There was disappointment for #NextGenATP player Borna Coric, who was beaten 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 by Swiss qualifier Henri Laaksonen. World No. 123 Laaksonen, who is playing at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament for the first time, goes on to face Jack Sock.

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