Unique Stat About Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic’s Absence at Indian Wells 2021

Published 09/30/2021, 6:18 AM EDT
MADRID, SPAIN – MAY 05: Tennis players including Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams arrive on court to observe a moment of silence for Brad Drewett during day two of the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament at the Caja Magica on May 5, 2013 in Madrid, Spain. He was a former tour player who led the ATP as executive chairman and president since January 2012, died Friday after a battle with motor neurone disease. He was 54. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


After witnessing some quality tennis at the Laver Cup 2021, it’s time for the Indian Wells Masters 2021. The ATP 1000 Masters tournament will be kicking off from October 4, 2021. Fans are excited by the prospect of mouth-watering encounters in the desert. However, there are speculations about whether Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic will play at the tournament or not.

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The ‘Big 3’ haven’t competed together in a tennis tournament since the French Open 2021. There too, Roger Federer withdrew after the first week of the Grand Slam.

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Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal to skip the Indian Wells Masters 2021

It is a huge disappointment for fans that Federer, Djokovic, and Nadal will not be playing at the Indian Wells Masters 2021. Interestingly, 2021 is the first time since 2000 that neither of the ‘Big 3’ will feature at the BNP Paribas Open.

While Federer and Nadal have already ended their 2021 season because of injuries, Djokovic recently announced that he would not be taking part at the Masters event this year. Thus, it gives the next-gen superstars a golden opportunity to shine on the court.

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Federer and Djokovic have conquered Indian Wells five times each

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Currently, Federer and Djokovic are tied for winning the most number of Indian Wells Masters. While both have won the trophy five times, Nadal has managed to win the title thrice in his career.

PARIS, FRANCE May 23. Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Roger Federer of Switzerland great each other as they cross over training sessions on Court Philippe-Chatrier at the 2019 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on May 23rd 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Intriguingly, Federer has played ten finals at the BNP Paribas Open. Even though he accomplished a hat-track of titles in his early career, it is Djokovic who denied him the trophy on two back-to-back occasions, defeating him in the finals.

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It seems unlikely that the trio will feature together in a tournament before the Australian Open 2022. Who will be able to end his career with the most Grand Slam titles?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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