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BNP Paribas Open
Thursday Men's Summary
Singles - Quarterfinal: (1) N Djokovic def. (12) N Almagro 6-3 6-4
For eight games in the second set, Nicolas Almagro managed to hang with Novak Djokovic. But, eventually, he had a bad game, and that's one more than is generally permissible against the world #1. Almagro loses his chance for the Top Ten; the only player still with a chance after this was the winner of the day's other singles match:
Singles - Quarterfinal: (11) J Isner def. (13) G Simon 6-3 1-6 7-5
At this rate, John Isner could pass Mardy Fish this spring to become the #1 American. He needs about 500 more points. A tall order, but he has already earned 360 here. He leaves Gilles Simon at #13. Isner himself is still stuck at #11, which is where he came in, but he is getting to be a fairly strong #11, who could still make the Top Ten this week.
Doubles - Semifinal: M Lopez/Nadal def. (6) Fyrstenberg/Matkowski 6-2 6-0
Somehow, this place is magic for Marc Lopez and Rafael Nadal. It's too bad, in a way, that Nadal doesn't play more doubles.