Michael Russell rallies to advance to second round at Indian Wells
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) - Michael Russell rallied to advance to the second round of the BNP Paribas Open, beating Donald Young 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 on Thursday.
Playing on the new 8,000-seat Court 2 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the 35-year-old Russell beat Young for the fourth time in a row and fifth in six tries to set up a match against Russia's Mikhail Youzhny.
Tim Smyczek beat Jack Sock 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 in a battle of American men.
Four-time champion Roger Federer, the No. 7 seed, had a first-round bye.
In women's play, Canada's Aleksandra Wozniak routed Poland's Urszula Radwanska 6-2, 6-0, and Croatia's Ajla Tomljanovic topped Spain's Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-4, 7-6 (2).