The Indian Wells draw came out and it features one of the toughest quarter in recent memory.
But at the top, it’s Andy Murray as the top seed who has the luxury of an easy road to the semifinals, with only high seeds Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, David Goffin and Feliciano Lopez standing in his way. Murray, though, has only made the finals once in 11 tries at the event and just the semifinals three times. But with that draw, a fourth appearance is more than likely.
In the second quarter, Stan Wawrinka is the top man, however, he’ll face some stiff competition in former finalist John Isner along with Gael Monfils, Tomas Berdych and Dominic Thiem. Wawrinka could also meet Philipp Kohlschreiber in the third round.
A wide open third quarter is led by Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic. Jack Sock and Grigor Dimitrov are in there plus Sam Querrey who just beat Rafael Nadal to win Acapulco. No player in that section has made the Indian Wells final or the semifinals.
In the final quarter is where the fireworks will be. Not only is 5-time champion Novak Djokovic in the section but also 4-time winner Roger Federer along with former champion Rafael Nadal and 2-time finalist Juan Martin del Potro. Plus, just for fun Nick Kyrgios and Alexander Zverev are also in the section.
Djokovic could have to face Edmund, Del Potro, Kyrgios and Federer to reach the semis. Nadal could have to face Garcia-Lopez, Verdasco, Federer and then Djokovic to reach the semis. Federer could have to face Sela, Johnson, Nadal and then Djokovic.
And poor Fernando Verdasco who might have to go through Nadal, Federer and then Djokovic just to make the semifinal!
Not playing include 2016 finalist Milos Raonic, Frenchmen Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon, and David Ferrer.
The top half top seeds (Murray, Wawrinka, Tsonga) are scheduled to debut on Saturday while the bottom half with Djokovic, Nadal, Nishikori and Federer on Sunday.
Matches begin on Thursday with the top half.
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