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The Top Five Men Most Likely To Take Indian Wells

March 13, 2010

The first Masters of the season has arrived and the buzz is huge. The Australian Open feels like a distant memory and the fans have been hanging out for Indian Wells. Let’s take a look at the men most likely to win.

Roger Federer: He started 2010 with the Australian Open title but hasn’t played since due to a lung infection. Federer prefers to peak for the Slams and hasn’t done great at Indian Wells in the last few years. His fitness could be an issue. Don’t expect too much from him here.

Novak Djokovic: Djokovic is beginning to evolve as a player. Since his disappointing loss in the quarter finals of the Australian Open, we have seen him win through sheer determination and will at both Dubai and Davis Cup. Expect big things from Djokovic here, he has a new never say die attitude.

Rafael Nadal: Nadal comes into Indian Wells as defending champion and a big question mark. Having not played since retiring in the Australian Open quarter finals, his form and fitness remain questionable. It is hard to see him winning this but never count Nadal out.

Andy Murray: After a great run to the finals at the Australian Open, Murray suffered a strange loss to Tipsaravic in Dubai. Indian Wells is an opportunity for Murray to recapture his form but he faces a tough draw to get through first. Murray needs to get his mentality right if he wants this one. That means not treating it as a practise session.

Marin Cilic: With Juan Martin del Potro injured, and Federer and Nadal with questionable fitness, Cilic is looking down the barrel of his best chance at a Masters yet. He was devastating at the Australian Open before losing to Murray in the semis. He may have been upset in Dubai, but Cilic has his head in the right place. Expect him to bounce back strong at Indian Wells. Don’t be surprised if he is the one left holding the trophy.

 

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  1. breadstix permalink
    March 17, 2010 4:38 pm

    Oh Roger… I wasn’t expecting a W or even a F appearance, but making it to R4 surely wasn’t too much to ask. -_- And it’s not so much the loss as the 4-1 lead he had in the third… oh third set meltdowns, please please stay the eff away…

    The Rafa-Jisner match should be an interesting one given how well J-Issy’s been playing. Bit of a painful decision but I hope Rafa wins and goes far in IW, it would be really great to see a good result from him after all the issues surrounding his injuries and whatnot. 😦

    Nole didn’t have a great start to 09, did he? So he could really close the gap between himself and Feddy…

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