We have a wow draw in Indian Wells with a possible Federer – Nadal in the quarters.

Rafael Nadal is going to be quite a problem for the other big 4 till he is ranked world no.5. This time the unlucky guy was  Roger Federer that should face him in the quarters. That wasn’t the only bad news for Roger as he should face Benneteau in the third round (and Roger struggles with the Frenchman). But if Roger can cope with Benneteau and a not a 100% confident Nadal, he has a clear shot to win the tournament as Ferrer is not a tricky semifinal (Roger has a 14-0 record against him).

The Favourite

It’s definitely Djokovic, but he needs to overcome 5 tricky matches as he should play Dimitrov (not a comfortable 3rd round), Querrey (always dangerous on fast courts and in front of the home crowd), Tsonga, Murray and Federer/Nadal.

Here the analysis.

1st Quarter Djokovic

Round Opponent Head to Head
1st Bye  
2nd Fognini 3-1 Djokovic
3rd Dimitrov 1-0 Djokovic
4th Querrey 4-1 Djokovic. Querrey won the last one in Paris 2012
Quarters      Tsonga 9-4 Djokovic that won the last 7 matches
Semifinal Murray 11-7 Djokovic that won the last 3

 

2nd Quarter – Murray

Round Opponent Head to Head
1st Bye  
2nd Donskoy 1st time playing
3rd Klizan 1st time playing
4th Nishikori 3-0 Murray that has never dropped more than 3 games per set with Nishikori
Quarters Del Potro 5-1 Murray that has always dropped at least a set with Delpo
Semifinal Murray 11-7 Djokovic that won the last 3

 


3rd Quarter Ferrer

Round Opponent Head to Head
1st Bye  
2nd Anderson 1-0 Ferrer
3rd Verdasco 8-7 Ferrer that won the last 4 all in straight sets
4th Simon 4-1 Ferrer
Quarters      Berdych 6-3 Ferrer
Semifinal Federer 14-0 Federer (ouch!)

 

4th Quarter – Federer

Round Opponent Head to Head
1st Bye  
2nd Istomin 3-0 Federer
3rd Benneteau 4-2 Federer that lost the last one in Rotterdam
4th Isner 4-1 Federer
Quarters Nadal 18-10 Nadal. Federer won the last one in last year’s semifinal in Indian Wells
Semifinal Ferrer 14-0 Federer

Here the full draw

2013 ATP Indian Wells - Draw  

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