Djokovic vs Nadal at Indian Wells semifinal:chance or utopia?

The Serbian champion's draw hides some pitfalls and a suggestion: the match with the Spaniard

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Djokovic vs Nadal at Indian Wells semifinal:chance or utopia?
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Novak Djokovic will return after five long years in California to play the BNP Paribas Open, the first ATP Masters 1000 of the season which will be played starting today in Indian Wells.

In the top half of the main draw, the one occupied by Djokovic (who is obviously seed no.1) were inserted Daniil Medvedev, Holger Rune, Rafael Nadal, Taylor Fritz and Hubert Hurkacz.

Djokovic will make his debut against Aleksandar Vukic or a player from the qualifiers. The first seed in his path of the Serb could be Tomas Martin Etcheverry. The Argentine, who lost in three sets to the Serbian at the 2024 Australian Open, will still have to beat the competition of the winner of the match between Zhizhen Zhang and Aleksandar Kovacevic.

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Djokovic's path could undergo a strong surge in the round of 16, because Tommy Paul and Ugo Humbert appear in his main draw. By reaching his sixth final out of six on the ATP Tour, the Frenchman has reached his best ranking and seems to be in great shape.

In the quarterfinals, however, there are two most dangerous obstacles: Hubert Hurkacz and Casper Ruud.

Obviously everyone is hoping for a challenge between Nole and Rafael Nadal, who has been drawn in the top half like the Serbian. The two could only meet in the semifinals, even if Nadal's path is particularly tough.

Djokovic returns to Indian Wells after five years

"It's been a long time coming. Indian Wells is one of the best tournaments in the world, probably the favorite ATP Masters 1000 of many players, including myself. I can't wait to get back to playing again in front of some of the best fans we have in the Tour," Nole told the tournament's official website.

Since the 46th edition of the BNP Paribas Open - when he played his last official match in Indian Wells - Djokovic has won nine Majors, eight ATP Masters 1000s and two ATP Finals.

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