Federer, Nadal Out Front at ATP Indian Wells

Posted on March 10, 2006

World No. 1 Roger Federer and No. 2 Rafael Nadal were rather selfish in 2005, winning eight of the nine Masters Series events (neither played Paris) and three of the four Grand Slams.

Now Federer already has the Australian Open under his belt in 2006, and the pair's dominance is a continued good bet this week as play begins at the first of the Masters Series events, the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells.

Also vying to go deep in the tournament are former No. 1s Andy Roddick, Andre Agassi, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Lleyton Hewitt, Carlos Moya, Marat Safin, and fellow Slam winner Gaston Gaudio.

Brit-Scot teen Andy Murray is one player to watch after his results through the first two months of the year.

"I've already shown that my game is pretty good by beating Roddick and Hewitt, but this is a bigger tournament," Murray told reporters on Thursday. "I'd like to win a few matches, but I'm not expected to do great."

The main draw was completed Thursday with the final round of qualifying, with 12 more onto the dance floor in Kevin Kim (USA), Vasilis Mazarakis (GRE), Amer Delic (USA), Julien Benneteau (FRA), Lars Burgsmuller (GER), Glenn Weiner (USA), Janko Tipsarevic (SCG), Paul Capdeville (CHI), Jeff Salzenstein (USA), Giovanni Lapentti (ECU), Justin Gimelstob (USA), and Jeff Morrison (USA).

Friday's schedule on a seedless day of play is Mayer vs. (WC) Philippoussis, (Q) Delic vs. Safin, (WC) Young vs. Henman, Goldstein vs. A.Martin, (Q) G.Lapentti vs. (WC) Fish, Bjorkman vs. C. Rochus, (Q) K.Kim vs. Youzhny, (WC) Querrey vs. Reynolds in an all-American, (Q) Mazarakis vs. Murray, Mirnyi vs. Saulnier, (Q) Tipsarevic vs. (WC) Warburg, Tursunov vs. Behrend, Pashanski vs. Schuettler, Soderling vs. Melzer, Karlovic vs. Zib, (Q) Weiner vs. Clement, Calleri vs. Massu, Rusedski vs. Wawrinka, Carlsen vs. Muller, (Q) Salzenstein vs. Acasuso, Horna vs. Bracciali, Kohlschreiber vs. Serra, Vik vs. Hernych in an all-Czech, and Pavel vs. (Q) Morrison.