Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, DelPo Lead Last 24 Slam Champs at Indian Wells Today
by Sean Randall | March 16th, 2011, 12:00 pm
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How big of a day is at the Indian Wells tennis masters today? How does having the last 24 men’s grand slam champions in action sound? Pretty good, right? And that what we are getting as all eight fourth round men’s matches are slated for Wednesday. And the night session is rare desert diamond find with a back-to-backer of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The day session, which gets underway in an hour, features Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick and Juan Martin Del Potro.

Sam Querrey opens the fourth round play on center against Tommy Robredo. What an opportunity for Querrey who’s finally picking himself up after a dismal six months. It’s a match that Querrey should win but often with this likable California kid these are the ones he loses. But I think he plays well enough today.

Of the top players, Djokovic has looked the best. While Nadal and Federer have feasted on lesser foes, Djokovic has consecutively crushed Andrey Golubev and Ernests Gulbis. Today, the Serb meets his countryman Viktor Troicki. It was Troicki who choked against Djokovic last summer during the US Open first round. Had Troicki closed that match out who knows where Novak would be right now, but I don’t think he’d be riding a 16-match win streak with a perfect 14-0 record on the year. Novak’s unstoppable runs continues.

“I cannot ask for a better start of the year,” Djokovic said after destroying Gulbis 6-0, 6-1. “I’m just building up on that confidence and continuing to play well, and feeling up from that run that I have from Davis Cup final. I have been playing great tennis, best tennis of my life. So I’m just trying to play better and better each match, you know, and then maintain, you know, very consistent level of performance. That’s all.”

In what could be the best match of the day, Roddick battles Frenchman Richard Gasquet. Roddick has been steady and solid in wins over countryman James Blake and yesterday John Isner. Gasquet beat Roddick at Wimbledon and definitely has the firepower and the talent to do it again this afternoon. But I think Roddick’s defense forces Gasquet into a enough errors this time around.

Tonight, Nadal should cruise over former NCAA champion Somdev Devvarman and in maybe the most interesting match of the day I think Federer will end Ryan Harrison’s run.

Yesterday, Harrison ignited the Indian Wells crowd with a three-set thrilling win over Milos Raonic. At just 18 Harrison has what looks to be a complete game: good serve, good ground strokes, no fear of the net, good court sense, is composed, has quickness and has all the advantages that come with being an American (money, home tournaments, wildcards, etc). The question I have is what is his go to weapon? Maybe we’ll find out tonight. Harrison will also have to quickly recover from that emotional win to take on Federer.

“Roger is unbelievable,” Harrison said. “He’s done everything that you can accomplish in this sport, and he’s looking to do more. I think the thing that makes him and Rafa so good is the fact that they approach matches like he’s gonna play against me tomorrow, and him and Rafa don’t take those matches lightly. I know he’s gonna come out and give me his best stuff, just like I’m gonna go out and try to give him my best stuff. I’m looking forward to the match, I’m looking forward to playing some of my best tennis, and I have full confidence in myself.”

Also today, I think Delpo gets it done against Phil Kohlschreiber and I like Tomas Berdych over Stan Wawrinka and Ivo Karlovic to beat Albert Montanes.

The women’s draw features just two matches with Ana Ivanovic v. Marion Bartoli and Shahar Peer v. Yanina Wickmayer.

Matches are on Tennis Channel at 2pm.

INDIAN WELLS WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE

STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
[21] S Querrey (USA) vs [25] T Robredo (ESP) – ATP
Not Before 1:00 PM
[19] A Ivanovic (SRB) vs [15] M Bartoli (FRA) – WTA
[16] V Troicki (SRB) vs [3] N Djokovic (SRB) – ATP
[8] A Roddick (USA) vs [18] R Gasquet (FRA) – ATP
Not Before 7:00 PM
[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs [Q] S Devvarman (IND) – ATP
[WC] R Harrison (USA) vs [2] R Federer (SUI) – ATP

STADIUM 2 start 11:00 am
[32] P Kohlschreiber (GER) vs J Del Potro (ARG) – ATP
[7] T Berdych (CZE) vs [12] S Wawrinka (SUI) – ATP
[23] A Montanes (ESP) vs I Karlovic (CRO) – ATP
A Dolgopolov (UKR) / X Malisse (BEL) vs A Murray (GBR) / J Murray (GBR) – ATP
Not Before 7:00 PM
[10] S Peer (ISR) vs [23] Y Wickmayer (BEL) – WTA


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75 Comments for Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, DelPo Lead Last 24 Slam Champs at Indian Wells Today

NoleNole Says:

Novak’s playing well enough to beat anyone right now. I think he wins IW.


fedeRER Says:

I ´ve got a question as you may have seen federer has decide to play MC so if is to get to the final does he get the 600 he should or does he add dubai´s 300(total would be 900)


sar Says:

Sam Querrey and Ana Ivanovic couldn’t even beat half dead players today!


Kimo Says:

Djkovic is back to his 2007 swagger, which is a good thing if you’re one of his fans. He’s no longer just goofing around.


Duro Says:

Hi hi hi… Third first set bagel in a row. Golubev, Gulbis, Troicki… 18:0. Oh my…


Kimberly Says:

novak is just scary…..


Kimo Says:

I wanna see this Novak vs. a fully fit Rafa. Put things into perspective.


Duro Says:

I’m blushing… Hi hi hi…

We want Mallorcan skin!

Rafa next!!!


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Kimo- good call.
This kind of thrashing of high level opponents is really just snowballing Nole’s credibility right now. This is the kind of thing very few champions have managed to do for sustained periods.


skeezerweezer Says:

Skeeze here with Tennis Talk Follies fresh back from IW (apologies…only one more stored report to go);

“Me got Rafa ized”

Well this poster is well known for a Fed fan and not liking to watch the style of game that Rafa produces. And yes he has had the fortune draw of playing 3 qualifiers through 3 straight matches. I saw him play the first round match, which he slam dunked in a little over an hour against, well, what looked like a qualifier. That said, my narrow minded outlook on the Rafa game got a little wider after the Rafa match, here’s why.

What impressed me most about watching him live was not his unique powerful topspin signature FH, but his maturity( BTW his Butt pinching is over rated, but his physique is not ).

After the match I watched him walk off after interviews, and stopped not just once but twice as he left the court for autographs. He was patient, signed most, and then someone threw one of those oversized tennis balls that you get autographed at him and hit him in the face. Rafa with a smile threw it back, not bothered, and continued on. Just before the tunnel going off the court, he stopped and signed everything AGAIN in sight, even one last Rafa fan lady that was hangin over the side with her friend holding on. I watched her run up the stadium stairs, hugging the autographed ball that she just got touched by Mr. Sexalicious, and ran up the stadium stairs screaming hysterically. It was hilarious. It’s moments like those for me to see that Rafa, and many others seen here at the tourney, know that the fans make them, and they are very appreciative. Vamos Rafa!


stu Says:

I hope Rafa-Nole get to the final. That match will be a real delight to watch.


thark Says:

wow – gasquet is playing unreal tennis atm.

as usual roddick is barking at the umpire now that he’s losing (yawn).


jane Says:

Yay Nole! I missed the entire match due to son’s school book fair, but just checked the scores – woot!!


jane Says:

Nice win for Gasquet; Roddick kept it close but obviously Reeshard is in form …


jane Says:

skeeze, good report on Rafa’s autograph-extravaganza. You’re kicking it at fantasy tennis – you. da. man.!!! :)


fedeRER Says:

as a fedfan it feels really sad to read people thinking the nole -rafa match would be the most intresting while knowing that it´s true is even worse


stu Says:

fedeRER, for me, that matchup would only be interesting because I’ve seen how the new Nole game matches up against Rogers, but Rafa has been able to neutralize some of his firepower in the past. Plus, they have had SUCH close games in the past, grinding away at the baseline wearing out their legs. The only difference right now is that Nole is playing close to his maximum potential.


dari Says:

Whoa and skeeze is an a- hole for picking gasquet! ;)


dari Says:

The cute Rafa stories keep piling up! Thanks for sharing skeezerweezer.


skeezerweezer Says:

dari

lol on 9:17 post :)


skeezerweezer Says:

Rafa starting to play yo yo with Dev…and Rafa knows how to do the “around the world” trick, Dev doesn’t…


sar Says:

I would like to see Rafole too


skeezerweezer Says:

wow somedev has somegonads, 4 games off Rafa and a Qualifier to boot!


Kimberly Says:

Rafa looks a little off his game tonight. Grrrrrrrrrr


stu Says:

darn it. inexperience shows at key moments.

GO Somdev!


skeezerweezer Says:

If anything, Somdev has exposed wideout serves to Rafa. Rafa needs to work on that..


stu Says:

skeezer, he’s just been catching Rafa by surprise…but he’s tried it too many times already so Rafa will catch up soon…


stu Says:

somdev has been playing too many matches lately. i wonder when fitness might become an issue. he’s on adrenaline right now for sure!


jane Says:

To continue … Rafa only at 56% first serves: that’s low for Rafa. He doesn’t have a blaster, but he’s usually pretty consistent with firsts isn’t he? (Kimberly you’d know more than me…)


jane Says:

Dolgo /Xman are playing the Murray bros! Would love to see that one.


Kimberly Says:

I cant watch this. Just watched the heat lose when I was so sure they were going ton win! Cannot stand this twice in a night. Ugggh


stu Says:

somdev mixing it up! nice backhand slice there!


jane Says:

Kimberly take heart – Rafa broke! He’s got set one, which methinks is the match. :)


dari Says:

Never fret, Rafa fans.


stu Says:

awww, rafa will run away with it now


dari Says:

The first set was exciting, but now I hope Rafa rolls somdev cause its starting to get close to roger’s bed time.


Kimberly Says:

Rafa seems to be finding his range I hope he keeps it up.


skeezerweezer Says:

@kimberly

Well I feel your pain when I was there saw Fed against Andreev. Igor is a tough cookie no doubt, but Fed looked on vaca. Thankfully he looked really sharp the next round. Let’s face it Rafa hasn’t had much comp maybe his guard was down coming in? Also, gotta be careful not to give the kid props, he’s playin it. But Rafa should prevail….


jane Says:

dari, lol re: Roger’s bedtime; I can’t believe there’s another match! I’d say it’s past Harrison’s bedtime if anyone’s ;)


jane Says:

muuray bros & xman/dolgo locked in first set tiebreak.


stu Says:

re. another match: its coz they had 6 matches on stadium 1 today and only 4 on stadium 2. these top players and their egos :P. i think robredo/samQ could easily have been moved to stadium 2.


dari Says:

Haha, Jane you’re right. I was worried about old man fed getting to bed, but I guess you gotta think about kid Ryan, too! Are they the oldest and youngest left in draw?


stu Says:

he’s being outplayed in parts, Rafa is…


dari Says:

But not the most important parts, stu! And that’s why he’s Rafa!.
Very good play from somdev!


stu Says:

now why culdn’t Somdev have been in someone else’s draw. like robredo/samQ. or tbird/wawa. or karlovic/montanes. or even delpo.


Kimberly Says:

The only good thing about that match for me is that its over and rafa won. Pretty poor play in the first set, better in the second but still needs to go up a level. Like start making first serves. Grounds seemed to find their range in the second. Oh well, at least he lives to see another day in this tourney, very unpleasant match tomorrow as well. Never like to see any of my favs play karlovic. I hope he plays into the tournament like he did Wimbledon 2010 because that was just not pretty!

On the other hand devvarman seems like a nice guy with a lot of energy and some great game. Hope to see more of him.


stu Says:

yes dari, it was a much better match than i expected.

Vamos!

Would love to watch Roger take on Ryan but it’s too late on the east coast. May the underdog win :)


jane Says:

Congrats to Rafa but yeah, good play from Somdev – he did great at this event! Now Fed needs to put Harrison to bed. He must be tired.


Kimberly Says:

Train wreck of a first game fro Harrison.


dari Says:

Hopp Suisse!


Kimberly Says:

Why am I still up watching Roger federer’s match?

Someone I think Jane said, everyones first serve percentage low. It sure seems so.


junaid Says:

can anyone tell me live video link for Federer vs Harrison match ?


dari Says:

junaid- Try fromsport or ESPN3 depending on where you live.
Livescorehunter is usually good, too.


dari Says:

Wtf, Rog?


junaid Says:

thanks dari…by the way i live in pakistan


Kimberly Says:

Roger and rafa both on vacation tonight


Skeezerweezer Says:

kimberly

ya!


junaid Says:

milos raonic and ryan harrison will be world number 1 and 2 soon..i guess


queen Says:

Both Rafa and Fed more balls out than in. The kids run in circles around them.


dari Says:

Well, I thought it might be a little late for old geezer roger. But job is done, new day tomorrow.
Rafa and roger probably spent more time on.court than they expected ;)


Skeezerweezer Says:

lol…kinda hard on our favs tonight..eh? They got thru…..


jane Says:

missed the match as company stopped by, but was watching scores and a few breaks at the end of the first set surprised me. fed not playing best coupled with “ryan the kid” playing well? oh well, tomorrow’s a new day, and most of our faves have lived to fight on… rafa has a tough one in delpo. he will need to serve better than he did tonight.


dari Says:

Karlovic before delpo. Tough, too the way he’s playing. Roger rests the singles tomorrow.


jane Says:

oops jumped ahead, you’re right dari. :) who does delpo play then?


jane Says:

margot, my husband was saying this scottish bloke he deals with at work left him a message about a meeting or something (he and my husband sometimes talk tennis or soccer) which said, “see you tomorrow; i’ll be out first thing, like murray” – ha ha, pretty horrible, : / but on the other hand, kind of funny. :) my husband is half scottish, so they can commiserate via sarcasm.


dari Says:

Robredo!


margot Says:

jane: yes, horrible can be funny :) and, as I’ve said b4, u gotta laugh cos otherwise u’d be a crying ;) Andy seems to be following exactly the same pattern as last year, hope no-one’s backing him for Miami :(
Meanwhile, Nole is definitely “best in show.” :)


Brad Green - Racquet Barn Says:

Margot,

I definitely wont be backing him for Miami! He has had a very similar pattern to last year. But it only takes 1 win for him or a loss to another to change his circumstances!

Good luck to him I hope he gets to another GS final and wins it. 3 wthout a win must be devastating!

Brad


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Watched the first set of Devvaman last night, what I saw was a moonballer extraordinaire whose lack of pace gave Rafa big issues. This was one of the most error-filled matches I’ve ever seen from Rafa. Devvaman’s defense was extraordinary too, I do believe he could have outrun Rafa last night who wasn’t at his usual level of physicality either.
I don’t think Devvaman’s style will translate into top ten tennis, I think the others will get used to it, but he sure did challenge the world #1 last night!


margot Says:

Brad Green: cheers m’dear :) ‘Tis a lonely furrow an Andy Murray fan ploughs at the mo., to be sure :(


sar Says:

Jane, my husband’s great grandmother was from Lanarkshire in Scotland.


Dory Says:

I just couldn’t stop LOLing last night watching Devvarman vs Nadal. Really funny how a completely different style of play can trouble the No.1 so much. Surely a weakness Nadal can strengthen. The crowd gave a very loud applause and standing ovation to Devvarman as he left the court.


margot Says:

Dory: Was it the first time Rafa had played Dewarman? That sometimes flummoxes the top seeds.


margot Says:

Oh, shame skeeze :( but u live to fight another day :)….never underestimate the greatest competitor in tennis today…I have him winning whole thing, we’ll see ;)


Dory Says:

margot. Yes I think. Devvarman got to play Federer last month in Dubai and Nadal this month!

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