Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Indian Wells Draw is Out - Nadal, Djokovic in the Same Half

March madness is about to begin and the Indian Wells draw is finally out. The first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event (anyone else misses saying plain old Masters Series?!) is due to kick off on Wednesday, and it will witness the return of Roger Federer for the first time since his tearful Australian Open loss.

Also back in action despite him still recovering from a virus is world number 4, Andy Murray, which means the world’s top 4 will be competing in the same event for the first time since Melbourne.

The qualifiers have not claimed their spots yet in the draw but I can tell you about the potential juicy match ups between the players already present in the main draw.

Rafael Nadal, the top seed at Indian Wells this week, could face Dmitry Tursunov [26] in the 3rd round before a possible fourth round showdown with David Nalbandian [14] or Tomas Berdych [21]. If Nadal makes it to the quarters, he could meet Gael Monfils [10], who beat Nadal in Qatar last January, Marat Safin [24](wishful thinking) or Juan Martin Del Potro [6]. The main question of course is who is in the same half as Nadal; Murray or Novak Djokovic? And the answer is the defending champion, Djokovic.

Djokovic [3] could face Tommy Haas in the third round, Stanislas Wawrinka [16] or Radek Stepanek [18] in the 4th round, and Andy Roddick [7] or David Ferrer [12] in the quarters, before a potential mouth-watering clash with Nadal in the semis.

Ferrer[12] could face Mardy Fish [20] or rising Frenchman, Jeremy Chardy, in the 3rd round, followed by Roddick [7] in the 4th round, before making it to the quarters.

The other half of the draw that has Federer at one end and Murray at the other, seems to host a stronger field. Federer [2] who is seeded to face Nikolay Davydenko [5] in the quarters, could face Ivo Karlovic [27] in the 3rd round followed by Fernando Gonzalez [17], Lleyton Hewitt, or James Blake [13] in the 4th round en route to the last 8.

For Davydenko [5] to reach the quarters, he might have a tricky 4th round against Richard Gasquet [23]or Fernando Verdasco [10], who are seeded to face one another in the 3rd round.

Murray’s earliest real threat could come in the form of Croatia’s Marin Cilic [19] in the 4th round because I honestly don’t see Tommy Robredo [15] disposing of the Croat to claim a 4th round spot for himself against Murray. Potential quarterfinal opponents for Murray would be Gilles Simon [8], Jo-Wilfried Tsonga [11], Mario Ancic [28] or a long shot would be Ernests Gulbis, who is yet to make his long awaited for rise. If Murray gets through this quarter of the draw, then of course Federer awaits in the semis.

You can check the complete draw here...

Possible 2nd round hot matches

Fernando Gonzalez[17] vs Lleyton Hewitt
Richard Gasquet[23] vs Feliciano Lopez
Igor Andreev[22] vs Ernests Gulbis
Tomas Berdych[21] vs Mikhail Youzhny
Marat Safin[24] vs Eduardo Schwank
Mardy Fish[20] vs Jeremy Chardy

Possible 3rd round hot matches

Tomas Berdych[21] vs David Nalbandian[14]
Gael Monfils[9] vs Marat Safin[24]
Gilles Simon[8] vs Mario Ancic[28]
Fernando Verdasco[10] vs Richard Gasquet[23]
James Blake[13] vs Fernando Gonzalez[17]
Roger Federer[2] vs Ivo Karlovic[27]


hectopascal said...

This is like a grand slam line up! Somehow, I have a strange feeling Fed will be in great form, but am hoping Andy Murray will beat him again :P Djoko - given up on him; Nadal will most probably win the title unless Murray makes it to the final (pleeeaaassee).

Reem said...

Hello hectopascal !!

I have a feeling Federer will be ready as well. Not too sure about Murray cuz he mentioned on twitter that he's not feeling that well right now, so we'll have to wait and see how this virus will affect his game.
As always am rooting for Rafa :)

hectopascal said...

lol what's with everybody being on twitter nowadays :P My feeling of Federer was due to him getting a coach, but now that it didn't work out, I'm thinking Fed's being a brick and is too stubborn to change his style, so maybe he won't do as well as I thought?

(I'm a Murray fan so I guess my predictions about him are based on hope lol)

Reem said...

Haha I know the feeling.. but you know Murray could just be playing down his chances. He could still sneak up on everybody and snatch the title.. you never know !!

Am curious to see how Verdasco is gonna do. Am hoping the Oz Open wasn't just a fluke and that he can continue to play well in the big tournaments.

Anonymous said...

I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


Reem said...

Hola Clover...

Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your kind words.

I look forward to havin you around.