Just a quick post from me to update you on the Indian Wells draw. The big news is that the resurgent Nadal is in his quarter of the draw. If that isn’t enough then he is drawn to meet Benneteau in the third round and Berdych in the semis. And if he somehow makes it all the way to the final then of course he is drawn to play Djokovic. That is as tough as a draw will get for Roger. And his form has not exactly been sparkling of late. In the second round Roger plays the winner of Pospisil and Istomin who is currently on court. I think he should be ok there but then he faces Benneteau who he just lost to in Rotterdam. I don’t know what to expect from Roger in Indian Wells in all honesty. He could suffer and early exit or go all the way to the final. Or he could just lose to Nadal, which is probably the most likely outcome.
Nadal: “I’ve missed you Roger…”
Nadal is Roger’s nemesis and his South American trip has been a success. In his last match he destroyed Ferrer and looked like the old Nadal. Roger beat Nadal last year in Indian Wells in stunning fashion, but that was after he won Rotterdam and Dubai. I don’t think he has the confidence to repeat that result. Nadal hasn’t played on hard court in a long time though so who knows. It would sure be an interesting match up and the first time they meet in a quarter final as far as I know. But of course we are far from there. If Roger passes his first match and takes revenge over Benneteau, he still has Isner or Wawrinka to deal with. Nadal’s draw until the quarters isn’t very tough. I don’t see Youzhny or Tipsarevic beating him, although as I said it is his first tournament on hard court for a long time. Gulbis could have been a serious threat to him, but Gulbis just won New Haven and had to play qualifying.
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So he will be really tired if he makes quarters. The draw as usual is favoring Nadal. If he had Roger’s draw there would have been a bigger chance of him being upset. In the top half of the draw you have Djokovic, Murray, Del Potro, and Tsonga, so I think things are pretty well balanced. Roger has a chance here to take revenge over Benneteau and Berdych, but then he has to get by his nemesis Nadal probably. If he does beat Benneteau and Nadal then it would give confidence that he can beat Berdych this time. So it is a tough draw but in a sense a good one because every match will prepare him well for the nest one. This is a chance for Roger to make up for the last two events and make the final at least. He just has to start with a win and every win will give him confidence that he can win the next match. It’s possible!