So the tours are back in Indian Wells for the first men's Masters series tournament of the year and a huge stop on the women's side as well. (Actually, they've been there for a few days: I'm still playing catch-up!)
The biggest upset at this point between both sides has to be Andy Roddick falling early, but technically how much of an upset can it really be if he's playing Tommy Haas, one of the most talented, versatile guys out there? Tommy's done a lot in his career, and just imagine if the injury-bug wouldn't have hit him so hard? I think it would have been tough for him to win a Slam, though, because he's not dominant on any of the surfaces, but good on all of them.
Anyway, I was just peeping the men's draw and I'm seeing a Roger Federer-Novak Djokovic final, unless James Blake comes through. Blake had a great win today against Carlos Moya, but has a tough one coming up next against Richard Gasquet. Blake and Rafael Nadal could meet up in the quarters. Speaking of Nadal, I wish I coul'dve caught that match with Donald Young in today's coverage. Remember, this was also stated first: Young will be in the top 10 by 2010. From what I've read, experience played a part in their match today. I'm sure there'll be more between them though.
On the women's side, things pretty much stayed the course with Jelena Jankovic, my girl Francesca Schiavone and Lindsay Davenport among the winners. As I mentioned before, I'm not totally convinced how far on the comeback trail Davenport is because it looked like she kind of struggled today.
There's still plenty of tennis to write about this week. Hopefully, I'll get to catch some of the matches at some point!
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