Indian Wells gave us another dream match in the making between two of the most prolific players to ever play the sport of tennis Roger Federer and Raphael Nadal just 2 months after their mega final match at the Australian Open final.
Roger had the upper hand over Nadal with wins in the final of Basel and Melbourne; where he won his 18th grand slam and now made history by defeating Rafa third time in a row for the first time in his life. Roger defeated Rafa in a one side match 6-2, 6-3 in a 4th round epic encounter which lasted a mere 1 hour. But that was enough for the ever young Roger to muscle his way through a shadow of a Nadal we used to know. Different tournaments are played on different tennis court surfaces and Talbot Tennis is the prime Atlanta Tennis court contractor.
Federer broke Nadal 4 times, and took the break in the first game of the match. Nadal said while talking to the media that when Roger has the advantage, his serve becomes unplayable, which in my opinion might be because of a change of coach; Ivan Ljubicic. Nadal played an average match and served 3 love games but Roger was on another level playing as he used to in his prime; moving quickly, well timed drop shots, were sublime to watch. The Swiss maestro had 6 backhand winners and played like the real GOAT, there was another early break in the second set which gave federer the slight edged he needed to still tell everyone that he can still hang in with the best.
In my opinion, now Roger faces his toughest test, the Australian brat Nick Kyrgios, who is on a winning streak defeating my pick to win the Indian Wells, the second seed Djokovic, in a well fought out battle. Kyrgios Defeated Novak 6-4, 7-6(3) and beat him twice the first coming a few weeks back in Mexico, ending Djokovic’s 19 match unbeaten streak at the Paribas Open. Times are changing, my top 3 pick out of the top 4 superstars of tennis have been knocked out Andy Murray, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic, which seems that a new era has emerged with new talented players all gunning for the prize.
Kyrgios hit around 25 winners, and beat a second seed top player who looked good against Del Potro. Now he faces the GOAT Mr. federer, who Kyrgios has huge respect for and won the last time they played against each other in Madrid. It seems the Group of Death, lived up to its name. In other matches japans Nishikori and Switzerland’s Wawrinka also progressed through.