I've followed Indian Wells for a lot of years and I can't recall the tournament being such a pratfall for top players.
Less than a day after Roger Federer's loss to Marcos Baghdatis, the second seed on the men's side, Novak Djokovic, falls to Mr. Clean, veteran Ivan Ljubicic in straights. That's a great win for the Croat. With his game, though, I don't think I'd be able to entertain thoughts of him being washed up--big serve, big groundies, versatility on all surfaces--and this win only solidifies that.
While the top two players have lost, Rafael Nadal had a solid win today over John Isner. A win by him wouldn't be bad and I'm sure he could use the boost confidence-wise: Not in the sense of his nerves being shaken, but rather belief in his body being able to hold up to significant tour play. Beating a big-hitting player who's been hot all year in Isner is good.
Anyway, it's still a little surprising to see the top two seeds get knocked out so early here, but the quarters should have good matches.
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.