◼️ The Swiss and the Serbian will not face each other until the final of the Californian tournament.
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic could be seen in a tournament final after more than two years (it doesn’t happen since the ATP Finals of 2015), as the Indian Wells draw has been published. The Swiss, current champion of the tournament, and the Serbian, who returns after the surgery in the elbow to which he submitted after the Australian Open, total 10 titles in the last 14 editions of the Californian tournament and could further extend his hegemony if both reach the final. A draw that has not been benevolent for Spanish tennis players, who will have to face complicated crosses in their fight for the title.
Federer, exempt of first round, will debut against Ryan Harrison or Federico Delbonis, and in the following rounds could be measured to more or less affordable rivals like Filip Krajinovic (third round) or Fabio Fognini (eighth). From the quarterfinals Federer would already meet with tougher rivals like the Austrian Dominic Thiem and in a hypothetical semifinals could be measured Grigor Dimitrov, who is in the same quadrant where Pablo Carreño, Roberto Bautista, Albert Ramos and Fernando Verdasco.
On the other hand the tournament highlights the return of Novak Djokovic after the elbow surgery he underwent after the Australian Open. Djokovic will debut in the second round against a player of the qualifiers and from the third round on he will have a very complicated road to the final. In this phase he could meet Kei Nishikori, in eighth with Del Potro and in the quarters with Marin Cilic, second favorite after Nadal’s absence, before a hypothetical semi-final against rivals like Alexander Zverev or Jack Sock.
Pablo Carreño, Roberto Bautista, Albert Ramos and Fernando Verdasco will march on the side of Roger Federer’s painting and in the same quadrant as Grigor Dimitrov, where they will find complicated crosses and even possible duels between them. Verdasco will make his debut against Argentine Guido Pella and if he wins he will be in the second round with Dimitrov. On the other hand Albert Ramos (it will play before Borna Coric or Donald Young) and Roberto Bautista (it will be moderate to Jared Donaldson or a tennis player of the previous one) could cross in third round and in eighth they could be seen with Dimitrov or Verdasco. Meanwhile, Pablo Carreño will debut against Horacio Zeballos or Yuichi Sugita and in the third round, Australian Nick Kyrgios could be measured. If it surpasses him, in eighths Kevin Anderson could wait for him and in the quarter Dimitrov or one of the Spanish tennis players with whom he shares the quadrant.
On the other side of the quadrant, Djokovic will face Feliciano López and David Ferrer. Toledo will debut against Frances Tiafoe or Ernesto Escobedo and could be measured in the third round with Jack Sock. In eighths Pouille could wait for him and in quarters Zverev. For his part, Ferrer will go in the Djokovic quad and will make his debut against Nikoloz Basilashvili or the surprising Tennys Sandgren before crossing with Del Potro in the third round, with whom he recently met at the Telcel Open in Acapulco. If it surpassed ‘Torre de Tandil’, Ferrer would meet Djokovic in the second round and in a hypothetical quarter-final against Cilic.