Indian Wells Masters is the year-first Masters 1000 event on the men’s tour. It is the most attended tennis tournament outside of the four Majors and is commonly referred to as the “Grand Slam of the West”. This year the winner will be rewarded with 1 mln USD so the motivation should be extremely high. We expect no retirements either as the first round players will be given 10 000 USD. Not bad, right?
Indian Wells 2016 playing conditions
As for the weather, the wind speed is forecast at about 10-20 kph and the expected temperature amplitude is between 15-30ºC will make the playing conditions soft and comfortable. The only but are the clouds. Courts are slow in California. The tennis legend Martina Navratilova has made a negative remark about this surface saying that it’s that slow that one may stay relaxed at the sideline waiting for the ball bounce and then approach it without any haste to produce a shot. Of course, there is an element of truth in such a judgment. The Indian Wells Tennis Garden courts are very rough and the big quantity of sand slows the rallies down. Moreover, the rough surface causes the ball deformation and decreases its aerodynamic properties, which also reduces the pace of matches.
Novak Djokovic at the Indian Wells Masters 2016
Novak Djokovic will start his performance on Indian Wells courts not in this best form. The Serb has previously lost the first set to Feliciano Lopez in Dubai and has spent more efforts than needed at the Davis Cup facing Kazakhstan team. Add it to the flight from Belgrade and lack of time for acclimatization. All these trifles taken together reduce Novak’s chances for the title. Dotennis estimates his odds at about 50%.
Andy Murray at the Indian Wells Masters 2016
Andy Murray has shown brilliant tennis at the Davis Cup and is likely to share the problems with the top seeded Djokovic: acclimatization and the subdued practice time. And frankly speaking, Murray is not a Djokovic, so it’ll be more challenging for him to reach the final match. The draw will make the odds clear. Nevertheless, we don’t believe in Murray’s lifting the trophy.
Stan Wawrinka at the Indian Wells 2016
Stanislas Wawrinka has arrived in California long time ago and is frequently seen practicing hard. The recent triumph in Dubai must have provided the Swiss with lots of self-confidence. The experienced big slam winner hasn’t defended his country in the Davis Cup and has it all to show strong performance in the USA. Summing the above said, Stan is a well deserved favorite for us.
Rafael Nadal at the Indian Wells 2016
The Mallorcan is practicing hard under the Indian Wells sun. It goes without saying that there is a whole bunch of players who can take advantage of Nadal, but it won’t be that easy. The courts perfectly suit Nadal’s tennis and shall he make a good start, he is likely to have a good ending. We know that many of you don’t take Nadal seriously now, but we tend to believe that a lucky draw will help Rafa to succeed.
Milos Raonic at the Indian Wells Masters 2016
Milos Raonic has displayed very strong tennis at the Australian Open. The Canadian has dropped out the Davis Cup and has been practicing on the Indian Wells courts for about a week. Shall he manage to show the same tennis he did in Australia, deep progress at the current event is more than possible. The best-of-three format will favor the Canadian who is a strong guy difficult to stop in the short run.
Other favorites at the Indian Wells 2016
Kei Nishikori didn’t get in the main list of the favorites just because he hasn’t reached his top physical form. But Kei must get past the opening rounds. Who knows, may be he’ll accelerate then? John Isner displayed decent tennis at the Davis Cup. Now John will perform on his home courts where he knows and loves to perform. Dominic Thiem is on his career best track. Slow courts will benefit the young Austrian and may contribute to another brilliant showing. Nick Kyrgios hasn’t performed at the Davis Cup but we bet he’s in form. Their struggle with Tomic must provide Nick with extra motivation.
This was the overview of the main favorites to the Indian Wells title this year. Thanks for reading and stay tuned for the BNP Paribas!
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