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Federer, Nadal, Djokovic Warned Their Dominance Of Men's Tennis Is Ending

Federer, Nadal, Djokovic Warned Their Dominance Of Men's Tennis Is Ending”

After the Australian Open, it can be tempting to check out until Indian Wells kicks off the rest of the year, but that would be a mistake. He has to play in the semifinals at Indian Wells to retain his top spot, as he is defending 1,000 points there.

From Day 1 through to the Finals.

While Dimitrov will be a tough opponent, his outdoor hard data is not particularly impressive, with just a 103.2% combined service/return points won percentage - below top 15 level - and Bautista-Agut is very capable of getting past the Bulgarian on a slow outdoor court.

"I am definitely in a good place". The Croatian is often viewed as a one Slam wonder after his triumph in New York in 2014, but has been one of the most consistent performers of late.

The main threat to Federer at Indian Wells is expected to be Serbia's Novak Djokovic, who is returning to action after undergoing elbow surgery.

Towering Acapulco finalist Kevin Anderson and Nick Kyrgios also lurk in that half of the draw. The world #74 has fond memories of Indian Wells last year, beating Marin Cilic to reach the third round.

Dominic Thiem is the sixth seed and may feel he has a chance to improve on a poor hard court record in Indian Wells. - Federer is far and away the favorite, and why not, he won the event last year and thus far he's a perfect 12-0 on the season.

The Swiss is 64-5 with nine titles since returning in 2017 from a left knee injury. Let's look at the breakdown of the stats and compare them with previous 'golden generations' in the Open Era - Jimmy Connors / Bjorn Borg / John McEnroe, Mats Wilander / Ivan Lendl / Boris Becker / Stefan Edberg and Jim Courier / Pete Sampras / Andre Agassi.

Coming off titles at the Australian Open and at the 500-point tournament in Rotterdam, the Federer awaits either Ryan Harrison or Federico Delbonis following an opening-round bye.

Sock was also in a playful mood, saying before the match: "Don't hit it to Roger, I'm winless against him for my career".

The last two seasons have seen the emergence of more than a few talented young players who have beaten the big three on occasion.

For the second year running, Federer also teamed up with billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates in doubles for the 'Match for Africa'. It's one of the smaller tournaments points-wise, and he undoubtedly wants to prepare for Indian Wells and Miami.

In addition to Schwartzman's climb up the rankings, other noticeable movers include Del Potro, who finds himself securely in the Top 10 at No. 8, and Kvitova makes a welcome return to the Top 10 as well at No. 9.

Roger Federer will start as favourite in California, where he will bid for a record sixth men's singles title, although a run to the semi-finals will at least ensure he is world No 1 at the end of next week. Tiafoe recently won his first title in Delray Beach and is surely full of confidence. You can work hard but sometimes you can work hard functionally rather than with a certain passion.



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