BNP Paribas Open 2013: Top seeds enter the fray after first round byes

Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Many of the top seeds are in action on Saturday after getting a first round bye in the BNP Paribas Open.

After getting a bye in the first round, the biggest names in tennis will hit the courts in search of the $5 million prize at the fourth day of the BNP Paribas Open.


On the men's side, No. 2 Roger Federer will open up the day taking on Denis Istomin. The two players have met twice before and Federer has dominated his Saturday opponent, winning all three matches and never losing a single set along the way. He will be joined by fourth-ranked David Ferrer, who will be matched up against Kevin Anderson. The two have only met once before, at the U.S. Open last year, where Ferrer won in three sets. Fifth-ranked Rafael Nadal will take on American Ryan Harrison, and it will be the first matchup between the two players.


On the women's side, top-seeded Victoria Azarenka faces a tough draw in Daniela Hantuchova. Hantuchova is the only woman to have won the championship trophy in Indian Wells more than once, doing so in 2002 and 2007. Azarenka doesn't struggle against too many people, but Hantuchova seemingly has her figured out, defeating Azarenka in two of the three meetings over their careers. On the opposite end of the bracket, Maria Sharapova will take on Francesca Schiavone, figuring to advance against someone she has defeated in all three meetings over their careers.


The Tennis Channel will broadcast the matches on Saturday, and for the first time in the tournament, the matches can be watched online here. The full schedule of play can be found here.

More from SB Nation:

Vote for the best GIF of the week

Swimsuit model Alyssa Miller joins The Halfy Hour

Just how powerful is Roger Goodell?

Bracketology: No. 1 seeds face tough tests in stretch run

Are advanced stats good for fans?

NFL Mock Draft: New names rising in first round

Latest News

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.