Roger Federer to face Nadal at Indian Wells
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will be up against each other in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Indian Wells. The last time they had faced each other in the quarter-finals of a tournament was in the round of 32 at Miami in 2004. In their latest clash at the 2017 Australian Open finals, Federer had defeated Nadal in a five-setter.
Indian Wells Tournament
Indian Wells tournament or BNP Paribas Open, is the season's first ATP/WTA 1000 event and has consistently been the most-attended tennis tournament outside of the four Grand Slams. The annual event played on hard court first began as a Men's tournament in 1976 and the Women's tournament was added in 1989. The winners of 2016 Women's/Men's Singles are Victoria Azarenka (WS), Novak Djokovic (MS).
2017 edition - prize money, venue, schedule
The 2017 BNP Paribas Open has been scheduled from 9-19 March at Indian Wells, California. It offers a prize purse of $6,993,450 for both Men's and Women's competitions. The Singles winners will each receive $1,175,505.
Top seeds - Men's/Women's Singles
Top seeds on the Men's side include - Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori, Rafael Nadal, Marin Cilic, Jo Wilfred Tsonga, Dominic Thiem, and Roger Federer, in that order. With Serena Williams pulling out of the tournament, the top seeds in Women are, Angelique Kerber, Karolina Pliskova, Simona Halep, Dominika Cibulkova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Garbine Muguruza, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Madison Keys, and Elina Svitolina.
World No.1 Andy Murray knocked out in opener
World No.1 Andy Murray faced an early exit at the Indian Wells, having been shocked by qualifier Vasek Pospisil, in the second round opener. Pospisil, the Canadian world no. 129 pulled the stunner to beat the Briton 6-4, 7-6 (7-5). Murray is yet to win the elusive Indian Wells. His best result here was to finish as a runner-up to Nadal in 2009.
Sania Mirza through to QF, Bopanna, Paes exit
As far as the Indian performances at the tournament go, Sania Mirza alone kept the hopes up by making it to the quarter-finals with her doubles partner Barbora Strycova. The Indo-Czech pair will meet Chan Yung-jan/Martina Hingis in the quarterfinals. Rohan Bopanna partnering Pablo Cuevas and Leander Paes paired with Juan Martin del Potro have lost their respective doubles matches in the first round.
Djokovic, Federer, Nadal ease into 3rd round at Indian Wells
Distinguished trio, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal, have advanced into the third round of Indian Wells Masters, with straight-set victories. Djokovic began his title defence by beating Britain's Kyle Edmund 6-4, 7-6 (7/5) and Federer triumphed over Frenchman Stephane Robert 6-2, 6-1. Nadal too had an easy day at the office with a 6-3, 6-2 win against Argentine Guido Pella.
12 of the past 13 Indian Wells title winners
12 of the last 13 Indian Wells titles (2004-2016, except 2010) were won by the trio of Djokovic (5), Federer (4), and Nadal (3).
Wawrinka, Monfils into fourth round of Indian Wells
Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka cruised into the fourth round of BNP Paribas Open Indian Wells after registering a 7-5, 6-3 win against Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany. In other third round match, Gael Monfils won 6-4, 6-2 against John Isner to advance into the next round. Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych was handed a 6-1, 6(5)-7, 4-6 loss by Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka.
Women's singles third round results
In the women's singles third round, Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki won their respective matches in straight sets. World number two Angelique Kerber had a tough fight against France's Pauline Parmentier, but went on to win the match 7-5, 3-6, 7-5.
Kerber sent packing, Venus Williams advances
World number two Angelique Kerber was handed a fourth round defeat by Russia's Elena Vesnina. Kerber lost 3-6, 3-6 in one hour and 24 minutes. In other fourth round match, Venus Williams defeated Shuai Peng 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 to advance into the quarter-finals. Karolina Pliskova also advanced to the quarters after her opponent Timea Bacsinszky retired in the first round.
Men's fourth round clashes
In the fourth round of men's singles, Novak Djokovic will meet Nick Kyrgios, whereas Dominic Thiem,will meet Gael Monfils. Fourth ranked Kei Nishikori will face Donald Young and Stan Wawrinka will meet Japan's Yoshihito Nishioka.