Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will kick off their Indian Wells campaigns when the seeds begin play on Saturday in a loaded top half of the draw. They are set for respective meetings with Radek Stepanek and Paul-Henri Mathieu.
Americans experienced mixed fortunes on the first day of main-draw action in Indian Wells. Of course, it had to be that way because three opening-round showdowns pitted USA representatives against each other.
It’s Showtime! Finally. It took a while for Grigor Dimitrov, but so what? That is the nature of the beast that is the current era of men’s professional tennis. Instant superstardom and teenaged Grand Slam champions are things of the past.