After the thrills and spills of Australian open, it is safe to say that this time around the Indian Wells tournament is going to be one of the most exciting affairs. The BNP Paribas Open, the season’s first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament gets underway on Thursday. For the first time, 44 out of the top 50 seeded players will be competing for the title. It is the first masters 1000 of the year and it has some of the biggest names in its draw, making it a mouth watering week.
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have been placed in the same draw, which hasn’t happened since Miami in 2004, the pair’s first ever meeting, which Rafa won. Novak Djokovic, and Nick Kyrgios are also in the same draw, both of them having squared of in Acapulco last week. Alexander Zverev is also in the same draw with Juan Martin Del Potro, who is on a comeback trail, completing the top half of the draw. It is one of the toughest draws any tournament has ever witnessed, with dangerous players such as Fernando Verdasco also lurking in the draw.
In the other half of the draw, Andy Murray can breathe a sigh of relief as he watches the big 3 battle it out in the top half of the draw. Murray is the top seed here for the first time and will be counting on a continued form of dominance in the masters tournaments.
Having said that, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have dominated in Indian wells having won five and four titles here respectively. Jo Wilfred Tsonga is another player to look out for, having had one of the best possible starts to the season in his career. Other players such as Philipp Kohlschreiber, Gael Monfils and Marin Cilic are looking for their 400th win in overall competitions. American players Jack Sock, and Sam Querrey are both coming into the tournament after winning titles, with Sam Querry having beaten Rafael Nadal in the finals. The doubles draw also looks equally menacing, with the top 6 doubles teams playing this year. Some of the top singles players have also opted to play in the doubles tournament such as Milos Raonic, Rafael Nadal, Marin Cilic and Dominic Thiem.
All in all, it promises to be an enthralling start to the masters 1000 tournaments and we all are keeping our fingers crossed for yet another Rafa-Roger match up in the fourth round itself.