Saturday, March 9, 2013

Know Your Underdog: Denis Istomin

As the sport's top-ranked stars hit the courts today in these early stages of the BNP Paribas Open, the tournament's lesser-known players have the opportunity to defy the odds and advance to Round 3 when almost everyone expects them to lose.  Today, we'll get to know these underdogs as they face the uphill battle of standing across the net from the greats.  

Up first, Denis Istomin... 

Denis Istomin

Age: 26

Born: Orenburg, Russia

Height: 6 ft. 2 in.

Weight: 180 lbs.

Plays: Right-handed


Record: 95-97

Tiles: 0

Highest Ranking: No. 33 (August 2012)

Current Ranking: No. 45

Today's Opponent

(2) Roger Federer

How He Got Here

Defeated qualifier Vasek Pospisil 7-6 6-3 in the opening round

Last Meeting w/ Federer

2012 London Olympics, lost 7-5, 6-3

The Rundown

Istomin and Federer have met three times over their tennis careers and Istomin has yet to win a set.  Today, he'll look to upset second-ranked Federer in their fourth meeting in the second round of the 2013 BNP Paribas Open.

We just saw No. 4 David Ferrer go down to South Africa's Kevin Anderson, so the upset Gods are out and active in Indian Wells.

Can Istomin make it two?

It's unlikely, but we'll know soon once John Isner and Lleyton Hewitt wrap things up here on Court 1.