Hey folks. I couldn’t watch this match due to internet failure but Indian Wells is in a bad time zone for me anyway and I’m not sure how much of the action I will catch. I did however watch the Dimitrov vs Kyrgios match which turned out to be a disappointment for me since I’m not much of a Dimitrov fan and Kyrgios deserved to win the match. Kyrgios lost the first set on a tie break but then won the second set 6-4 and served for the match at 5-4 in the third after having broken Dimitrov’s serve at 4-4. But just as he hit the last shot of the game in which he broke serve he rolled over his ankle and afterwards he couldn’t move. So his game collapsed and he lost the final set on a tie break. It was a very unfortunate end to a good match.
As for Roger I see he made more unforced errors than winners and served below 50% first serves which is highly unusual for him. Is Nadal on his mind again? That sounds almost absurd so I’d rather wait to see what happens against Seppi to draw any conclusions. It’s more likely that it is just the court speed because the surface is a fair bit slower than Dubai. I hear he shanked quite a few backhands which is probably due to timing issues on the slower courts. The serve could be for the same reason, but it is indeed unusual for Roger to serve below 50% first serves. I can’t remember the last time that happened. And the serve is hit out of the air after all so the court surface shouldn’t affect it too much.
But like I said I am not drawing any conclusions and Roger won by a good scoreline. We have a kind of interesting situation now similar to that in Melbourne. Roger is on course to meet Nadal in the semis and now he has to play Seppi again. Surely this is a different situation as it is not a slam and Roger has not lost his three matches to Nadal in Indian Wells like he did in Melbourne, with the beatings getting worse continually. Fedal is 1-1 at Indian Wells with Roger winning their meeting in 2012 and Nadal winning in 2013. I think this provides the ideal opportunity for Roger to not only get revenge over Seppi but also over Nadal if they happen to meet in the semis. Nadal looked quite good against Sijsling himself and now plays Young.
As usual clay has done Nadal’s game wonders and he could well make semis. But both him and Roger have plenty of good players to deal with before Fedal becomes a possibility. It looks like Roger will have to deal with Berdych in the quarters if he gets that far while Nadal would have to deal with Raonic or Dimitrov at that stage. But we will see what happens tomorrow. If Roger schools Seppi in straight sets like he should then we can relax. But if he struggles or even worse loses then we know Nadal is deep inside his head. Today it is again the turn of the top half of the draw and on Saturday Djokovic and Murray both had easy wins. I don’t see much of interest going on today but I’m very much looking forward to tomorrow!