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 when almost everyone expects them to lose. We'll get to know these underdogs as they face the uphill battle of standing across the net from the greats.
Today, it's Leonardo Mayer...
Born: Corrientes, Argentina
Height: 6 ft. 2 in.
Weight: 180 lbs.
Highest Ranking: No. 51 (June 7 2010)
Current Ranking: No. 64
(5) Rafael Nadal
How He Got Here
Defeated Mikhail Youzhny 6-2, 6-3 in the second round
Record versus Nadal (0-2)
Acapulco 2013, lost 6-1, 7-5
Indian Wells 2012, lost 6-1, 6-3
Nadal is playing with that bad left knee, but that shouldn't slow him down from advancing at the 2013 BNP Paribas Open.
Leonardo Mayer, enjoy a beautiful day in Southern California and enjoy your paycheck for reaching the third round.
The Outer Courts Prediction: Nadal