Indian Wells ended with a final with the surprising components – Juan Martin del Potro and Rafael Nadal; the seventh seed and the fifth who’s just come back into his first major tournament. The final though, was a tough game for both. Throughout the first and second sets – which finished 6-4, 3-6 – del Potro had the height advantage, and his brute strength led to some fantastic and surprisingly accurate forehands. Whereas Nadal, had generally had shorter matches in the earlier stages of the tournament – meaning he held out better towards the end.
The the first half of the final set began with them holding service games up to 3-3 , but del Potro started making quite a few netted errors and at other times, Nadal just got control of the rally and a tap was all that was needed to win it; 5-3 Nadal. The Argentine made a couple of double-faults towards the end, showing that pressure also had a large impact on the 24 year-old. So in the end, it was Nadal that won the final 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Miami, another ATP Masters 1000 has literally just begun – the first round matches began at 3PM today to be precise. It is not on as big a stage as Indian Wells, since Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are not taking part. This, the tournament officials admit, has “impacted ticket sales.”
It is not to be ignored though, as both Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray will be competing. The Serb will be hoping to make it his third straight win of the Sony Open, and in that he would equal Andre Agassi. However, Murray has his own reasons for wanting this one, and these include: He wants to cement his position as third in the ATP rankings after Rafa’s recent win, as they are currently separated by only 1,605 points. He wants to beat Djokovic, as he has met him twice in the Miami final already, and they won one each. Finally, Miami is where he lives, practises and relaxes over the Autumn and Winter months, and he therefore has a large following of local supporters.
As well as those two, there are 90 other contestants, and completing the top eight seeds are Ferrer, Berdych, del Potro, Tsonga, Tipsarevic and Gasquet. The first half of the draw consisting of the Djoker, Ferrer and DelPo. With the latter half containing Muzza, Berdych and Tsonga.
It will all be decided on the 31st of March when the winner will also receive $719,160.