Indian Wells, USA

Three to See. Indian Wells Day 8: Hurkacz faces Dimitrov with first ATP Finals appearance within grasp

By Steve Tignor Oct 14, 2021
Indian Wells, USA

Taylor Fritz, the happy crier whose inner beast on the court is anything but "soft"

By Peter Bodo Mar 21, 2022
Indian Wells, USA

Taylor Fritz won his first Masters title by holding off a full-throttle charge from Rafael Nadal at Indian Wells, and ending his win streak at 20

By Steve Tignor Mar 21, 2022
Indian Wells, USA

With wind casting precision aside, Iga Swiatek adopts "winning ugly" in Indian Wells final win over Sakkari

By Joel Drucker Mar 21, 2022
Indian Wells, USA

In Indian Wells stunner, Taylor Fritz hands Rafael Nadal first loss of 2022, and wins his first ATP Masters 1000 title

By TENNIS.com Mar 21, 2022
Indian Wells, USA

Iga Swiatek dismisses Maria Sakkari for Indian Wells crown, No. 2 ranking and 11th consecutive win

By TENNIS.com Mar 20, 2022
Indian Wells, USA

In supreme generational battle, Rafael Nadal's youthful energy helps see him past Carlos Alcaraz, and into the Indian Wells final

By Joel Drucker Mar 20, 2022
Indian Wells, USA

Indian Wells Men's Final Preview: Rafael Nadal vs. Taylor Fritz

By Steve Tignor Mar 20, 2022
Indian Wells, USA

Rafael Nadal survives Carlos Alcaraz and swirling wind over three-plus hours in moving to 20-0 on the year

By TENNIS.com Mar 20, 2022
Indian Wells, USA

Taylor Fritz says his “normal level” has gone way up in 2022. Are Masters 1000 finals going to be his new norm?

By Steve Tignor Mar 20, 2022

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Hubert Hurkacz vs. Grigor Dimitrov

The Bulgarian and the Pole have been on tour together for five or six years, but this will be their first meeting. Right now it feels as if Hurkacz—ranked 12th, Wimbledon semifinalist—is the man of the moment, while Dimitrov—30 years old, ranked 28th—is a man of the recent past. But that can change quickly with a player of Dimitrov’s talent, as we saw in his three-set win over top seed Daniil Medvedev on Wednesday.

Which portends better things? Hurkacz’s three easy wins so far in Indian Wells, over Alexei Popyrin, Frances Tiafoe and Aslan Karatsev? Or Dimitrov’s one big win, over Medvedev? I’ll take Hurkacz, because he’s less likely to be tired or have a letdown when they get right back out on court on Thursday. Winner: Hurkacz

Anett Kontaveit vs. Ons Jabeur

Kontaveit and Jabeur have been two of this season’s steady and sometimes-spectacular risers. Jabeur has won 47 matches in 2021 and has her ranking up to No. 14. This summer Kontaveit took home what might have been her most significant title, in Ostrava, with wins over Maria Sakkari, Petra Kvitova, Belina Bencic and Paula Badosa, and earlier this week she knocked out defending Indian Wells champion Bianca Andreescu. When Kontaveit and Jabeur collied two months ago in Cincinnati, the Estonian won in suitably close and entertaining fashion, 7-5 in the third. Look for more of the same from two players who are both finding their groove in their mid-20s, and realizing how far it can take them. Winner: Jabeur

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Badosa is clearly enjoying the ultra-slow conditions in the desert.

Badosa is clearly enjoying the ultra-slow conditions in the desert.

Angelique Kerber vs. Paula Badosa

Kerber seems to be enjoying the game at 33 more than she has in recent years, and it shows in her results. More specifically, it shows in her willingness to compete to the bitter end and win close matches; this week she edged Katerina Siniakova, 7-5 in the third set, and Daria Kasatkina, 6-4 in the third. But Badosa is playing better than either of those women at the moment. In her last two matches, the Spaniard has handled two Top 20 opponents, Coco Gauff and Barbora Krejcikova, in straight-set fashion. Badosa will be the attacker and Kerber the defender in this quarterfinal; at 23, Badosa might be a little fresher, too. Winner: Badosa