The draw for BNP Paribas Open 2017 is out, and much to the surprise of everyone, the big 3 namely Djokovic, Federer and Nadal have been drawn into the same quarter of the bottom half of the draw. This deadly quarter also includes the likes of Juan Martin del Potro, Nick Kyrgios and ATP NextGen star Alexander Zverev.
Djokovic has already met del Potro and Kyrgios at Acapulco the previous week, where he succumbed to the Aussie in straight sets after having gotten past the Big Argentine. If the seeds play out, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic would face each other in the QFs, and the victor would go on to face No. 4 seed Kei Nishikori in the SFs.
Federer, Nadal or Djokovic: Who shall have the last laugh?
4-time Indian Wells champion Roger Federer has not received the warmest return to the Californian Desert. The 18-time Grand Slam champion could face his opponent in the Australian Open Final this year and long-time rival Rafael Nadal in Round 4. Should he get through, he could potentially face 5-time champion and three time defending champion Novak Djokovic in the QFs. Federer has lost his three previous meetings at Indian Wells against the Serb.
Top seed and world no.1 Sir Andy Murray has a much easier draw in comparison to his peers. He could face Feliciano Lopez in Round 3, followed by a tricky Pablo Carreno Busta in the next round. David Goffin could potentially offer resistance to the Brit in the QFs and if Andy gets through, he could face Dominic Thiem or Stan Wawrinka for a place in the final.
Nishikori too has a tricky draw. The Japanese could face Lucas Pouille or Sam Querrey in Round 4, and could face either Marin Cilic or a resurgent Grigor Dimitrov in order to get to the SFs.
The main highlight of this draw is the bottom quarter, and the fact that only one of Djokovic, Federer or Nadal could make it to the SFs. Whoever among them wins it, it will surely be the most difficult Masters 1000 he would have won in his entire career.
Main draw play for the men’s tournament begins on the 9th of March, with almost everyone looking forward to each and every match that will be played in the Open. What better way can the Masters 1000 swing for this season begin!
The game is on.