Indian Wells Preview Five Scenarios
Which of the five scenarios below would you like to see play out in Indian Wells?
A vet wins his first ATP 1000 title
Last year Juan Martin del Potro won his first ATP 1000 title beating Roger Federer in a thrilling match. That was del Potro’s first ATP 1000 win, nine years after he won the US Open.
Seeing vets win big in the latter stages of their career brings out the sentimentality in tennis fans and a victory for Kei Nishikori, in particular, would be a real boost, especially considering the Japanese’ potential (that USO ’14 final seems so far away now) and his comeback from injury.
Nishikori tends to do better in Miami than in IW. He’s 10-9 in the desert, but he has reached the quarters in his last two appearances (’16, ’17).
Nishikori’s draw: The 6th seed has been drawn Lucas Pouille in round 3, Cilic in round 4, Federer in the QF, Nadal in the semis, and Djokovic in the final. It would be some run if he makes it.
An up and comer wins his 1st ATP 1000
Karen Khachanov won the last ATP 1000 of ’18 in Paris and it is always inspiring to have a youngster break through on the big stage especially in this current period of tennis dominated by the vets.
Daniil Medvedev could be the next big hope to win an ATP 1000. Hard courts are his best surface and he’s not afraid of anyone.
Medvedev’s draw: Medvedev has drawn Goffin, Nadal, Isner, Federer and Djokovic.
Rafa Nadal bounces back from his Australian Open final loss.
Nadal has won in IW three times (’07, ’09, ’13).
Nadal’s experience means he can be philosophical about that bruising defeat to Novak Djokovic in this year’s Australian Open final.
But, he won’t want that memory to be the one he goes into the Clay season with and a win in Indian Wells would give his confidence a much needed boost with the figure of Djokovic looming over his Roland Garros hopes.
Nadal’s draw: Nadal has drawn Schwartzman, Medvedev, Isner, Federer and Djokovic.
Roger Federer gets closer to Connor’s record
Federer was impressive in Dubai winning title 100.
Connor’s record of 109 cannot feel too far away. Federer could win titles in places like Stuttgart, Halle and Basel if his big titles days are done.
No one would write off Federer winning another big title, though, and it could happen in Indian Wells considering his run in Dubai and the boost he must be feeling after #RF100.
Federer’s draw: He’s drawn Fucsovics, Fognini, Nishikori, Nadal and Djokovic.
Novak Djokovic Prime part 3 races on
Djokovic has a great record in Indian Wells with 5 titles (’08, ’11, ’14-’16). He’s won it in all his prime periods of play. It’s still early in the season so it will not be a tired Djokovic turning up to this big event at the mercy of an in-form rival. This will be Djokovic 3.0.
Djokovic’s draw: He has drawn Nick Kyrgios, Cecchinato, Thiem, Zverev and Nadal. They’ve all beaten Djokovic in the last couple of years, so on paper it’s a tough draw, but on the Indian Wells hard courts and at this stage of his career, it should be a walk in the nicely manicured gardens of Indian Wells.
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