The BNP Paribas Open is an ATP 1000 event taking place in the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in California from March 7th-17th.
This year’s tournament features nine of the world’s top ten men’s players. Each of the big three — Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer — emphasize the event.
Djokovic and Federer are eyeing a record sixth title at Indian Wells, together with Djokovic entering the heavy favorite. Djokovic, Nadal & Federer Have Dominated the Tournament
Seven of the last eight tournaments at Indian Wells are won by either Djokovic, Nadal or Federer. The only year that wasn’t the situation came last year after Argentine Juan Martin del Potro defeated Federer to win the title.While Federer won in 2017, Djokovic was the reigning champion from 2014-2016.
Djokovic, the 2019 Australian Open winner enters the Paribas Open as the tournament’s top seed. He does face a potentially tricky matchup in the next round, should 33rd ranked Nick Kyrgios advance.
Kyrgios lately went on quite the series at the Mexican Open on his way to winning the title last week. His championship included an upset over Nadal at the Round of 16, before a straight sets win over world no. 3 Alexander Zverev.
Kyrgios is also 2-0 lifetime against Djokovic, although the two wins came straight back in 2017. What could potentially await in the fourth round is a game against Rotterdam winner Gael Monfils or even Argentina winner Marco Cecchinato.
The second highest ranked player in the first quarter is eighth ranked Dominic Thiem. Thiem reached the semis of the Argentina Open last month, before making a quick exit in round one from the Rio Open.
If Thiem meet Djokovic in the quarter-finals, he’ll be assured in knowing he’s defeated the Serb in their past two games.
If he play Djokovic in the quarter-finals, he’ll be assured in knowing he’s defeated the Serb in their past two games. But he’s never won a head-to-head in a match played on hard courts.