Federer advances but tweaks back injury

Roger Federer advanced yesterday at the Paribas Open with a swift two set victory over Ivan Dodig, 6 -3, 6 -1.  The bad news, he appeared to tweak a long standing back injury that he deals with near the end of the match.  Hopefully, this will not be a factor for Fed moving forward.  As a matter of fact, he tweaked this injury in one his earlier matches at Wimbledon 2012, and went on to win his record 17th career Grand Slam.  This was Roger’s 890th career victory tying him with Ivan Lendl, Jimmy Connors, and Guillermo Vilas.  Fed sets and/or matches a record almost every time he takes the court these days!  Rafael Nadal advanced over L. Mayer by virtue of a walkover, Mayer having to withdraw citing, ironically, a back injury.  If Rafa wins his next match and Roger does as well, they will meet in the quarterfinals.  Sort of sounds funny, Rafa and Fed in the ‘quarters”.  One article recently referred to their rivalry as the one between the “old guy” and the “injured guy”.  Um…something tells me these two have a bit more exciting tennis in store for us should they meet!

Federer’s fellow countryman from Switzerland, Stan Wawrinka advanced over Leyton Hewitt, 6 -4, 7 -5.  On the ladies side, the first seed Victoria Azarenka (remember the Williams sisters do not play this tournament for reasons we don’t really need to go into) took three sets to overcome Belgian opponent Kristen Flipkens, 3 – 6, 6 – 3, 6 -0.  Wonder if her boyfriend Redfoo has made it back to the desert after taking in the Lakers game this past Sunday?  As a matter of fact, yes he has, as he was in the stands cheering her on!

Speaking of the Lakers, Dwight Howard and the Lakers take on the Orlando Magic tonight in Orlando.  Will be interesting to see how Dwight’s former team and their fans “welcome” him back!  GO LAKERS!

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