I love Indian Wells, the first Masters event of the year. By the time it comes around the Australian Open - one of my favourite Slams – is all but a distant memory, and the French and Wimbledon seem way off. So the tennis addict in me is crying out for some top quality action. And the draw for this year’s event doesn’t disappoint.
With the exception of the top 5 or 6 it’s always hard to predict who will go deep in a tournament, but if the results follow the seeding we are in for some great matches.
Unlike in Dubai, Federer has an easier route to the later stages of the tournament, with a bye in the first round, Roitman or Garcia-Lopez in second round, and probably Robredo or Tipsarevic in the third. And then it gets interesting with a possible clash with either Murray or Roddick in the quarter final and then one from Nalbandian, Youzhny, Davydenko in the semi.
In the bottom half of the draw we have Nadal - the defending Champion - who is scheduled for a re-match with Tsonga in the fourth round, Gasquet in the quarters, and then Djokovic in the semi. Nadal v Tsonga was one of my favourite matches at this year's Australian so fingers crossed for a re-match. In the meantime it gives me the perfect excuse (as if I need it) to post some footage of Tsonga whipping Rafa in Melbourne.
Will also be good to watch the progress of the likes of Isner (who has Davydenko in the second round), Querry (who has Hewitt in the second round), and Nishikori and Cilic who play each other in the first round. Bring it on.