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Five Tense Indian Wells Clips

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 /by
Anita Aguilar
Anita Aguilar

It was a wild first week in Indian Wells, and if you've been a lizard living under a rock, here's the video proof from the BNP Paribas Open:

1.  Ana Ivanovic Takes Fist Pump to a New Level

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It's odd to see Serbia's No. 2 WTA star—yes, Jelena Jankovic is ranked higher—so expressive on the heels of her relatively sedate victory over Serena Williams at the Australian Open. She had plenty of opportunities to act out as such against Serena, but instead saves her best post-point theatrics for ... No. 43 Elina Svitolina? Granted, it was a final-set tiebreak, so we'll give her a pass. Thanks to Chris Oddo, The Fan Child for uploading this clip and the one that follows.

2. Lukas Rosol Smacks Overhead into Andy Murray's Leg

Rosol, Rafael Nadal's once-upon-a-time vanquisher at Wimbledon, knows how to bring the fire. Though he ultimately submitted to Murray in two rather straightforward sets after snatching the opener, Rosol's most interesting third-set maneuver came early, and Murray wasn't having his attempted apology. The two didn't discuss it at net in a similarly straightforward handshake-and-roll ending.

3. Roger Federer Stretches Like a Boss

The fresh Dubai champ weathered Dmitry Tursunov's storm in two tiebreaks, and after footage of his practice-session stretching got out, the only trick that made it even more memorable was, of course, a soundtrack.

4. Fabio Fognini (Understandably) Goes Off after Chair Umpire's Call

On the wing tipped heels of his Milan Fashion Week appearance, Fognini made a different sort of stylish statement, begging to differ after Mohamed El Jennati made a call against him. Histrionics ensued, including Fognini flinging a furry of F-bombs. As with Murray and Ivanovic, he persevered in three sets.

5. Denis Istomin Flares Up After Botched Call

Istomin also gave chair umpire El Jennati a piece of his mind, after he quite possibly won a point twice and yet lost it against Radek Stepanek. He went away in three sets, and then Stepanek submitted to Nadal. But not before many stars and observers took note.

What has surprised or delighted you the most thus far in the desert?

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Is Indian Wells the fifth Grand Slam? Is Grigor Dimitrov the next Roger Federer? Plus, instruction and gear advice, and a look at the lighter side of the game, in this week's Tennis Tuesday.

 

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