Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Two for the road

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.

(Photo: Getty Images)


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