The top two players of the world – Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have taken a wild card into the doubles draw of the next month’s Indian Wells Masters. However, why did the two opt for playing doubles in an already exhausting ATP schedule?
The Tokyo Olympics 2020 is on the horizon this summer and Djokovic and Nadal are looking to get some extra doubles practice alongside their prospective partners. The Serbian will play with fellow mate Viktor Troicki. On the other hand, Nadal will team up with his Olympic gold medal-winning partner Marc Lopez.
Novak Djokovic and Viktor Troicki
Djokovic and Troicki made their debut at the Indian Wells Masters in 2011. The pair reached the quarterfinals in their first appearance at the tournament. However, they were knocked out in the first round in 2012. The duo returned to play doubles in Indian Wells once again in 2017, reaching the quarterfinals in their return.
The World No.1 has played only one doubles match in 2020 at the ATP Cup when he and Troicki defeated Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta and Feliciano Lopez in the deciding match of the final to help Serbia win the inaugural ATP Cup.
Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez
Nadal and Lopez have played four consecutive Indian Wells Masters between 2009 and 2012. The pair have had success at the event, winning the tournament in 2010 and 2012. The Spaniards were defeated in the round of 16 in their debut at in 2009. Furthermore, they were defeated in the semifinals in 2011.
Nadal and Lopez also won the Gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics and will hope to repeat their results this time. However, the two haven’t played together since their Davis Cup tie against India in September 2016.
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