ATP BNP Paribas Open: Victor Hanescu sets up meeting with Novak Djokovic
Victor Hanescu set up a second-round clash with Novak Djokovic after clinching a 7-5 3-6 6-4 win over Stephane Robert.
Last Updated: 08/03/14 9:50pm
Hanescu played well behind an impressive first serve percentage of 70 as he edged past his French opponent in three sets.
Elsewhere it was a bad day for the home favourites as all four American men in action were eliminated from the tournament.
Steve Johnson, Bradley Klahn, Daniel Kosakowski and Rajeev Ram were all dispatched in straight sets in their opening-round contests.
Although some of the biggest names in the women's games began their campaigns on Friday, doubles was the hottest ticket in town on Friday as far as the men were concerned.
The queues snaked around Indian Wells Tennis Garden as Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka took to the court together.
The superstar Swiss pair took on sixth seeds Rohan Bopanna and Aisam ul-Haq Qureshi and won 6-2 6-7 (4-7) 10-6 to the delight of the packed crowds on the new Stadium 2. It was Wawrinka's first tour match since his stunning Australian Open victory in January.
"I feel great. I was home after Davis Cup for three and a half weeks. I'm really happy. I think my level is really good and physically I'm ready," he said.
"So I'm really looking forward to my match tomorrow and for the rest of the season, because it's just the beginning.
"It took me time to realise really what I did at the Australian Open. Still when I'm saying that I won a grand slam, it's still strange for me."
Federer was happy to experience the new court, adding: "It's nice to see the game grow and seeing people coming out and enjoying it. It's great. I really had a great time out there with Stan today."