The BNP Paribas Open (March 7-17) is an ATP Masters 1000 Tournament. It is played at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden and is widely regarded as the biggest and best Masters tournament. That’s mainly down to the fantastic venue in which it takes place, with the Stadium 1 seating more than 16,000 fans.
The tournament is sometimes referred to as the Indian Well Masters and the 2010 winner Ivan Ljubicic is the only shock winner this century. Only seven different players have won the title since 2001, with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic both winning five titles, Rafa Nadal three, Lleyton Hewitt two, and Andre Agassi and Juan Martin del Potro one each.
This year’s event has attracted most of the top players in the world and it’s a chance for Novak Djokovic to become the joint most highest-winner of ATP Masters 1000 titles. However, Rafa Nadal, who currently leads Djokovic by one, might have something to say about that.
Check out our analysis of the BNP Paribas Open 2019 draw and our free tip for the Indian Well Masters.
Number one seed Novak Djokovic was in supreme form when last seen at the Australian Open and the big question is whether he’ll turn up in the same form here after not being seen since winning the first slam of the season.
He should have a couple of easy matches to get his eye in the first two rounds, but he may need to be in top form by the third round where he could face recent Mexico winner Nick Kyrgios. The fiery Australian could be a massive hurdle for Djokovic to overcome as he’s won both their previous matches in straight sets. However, they were in 2017 when Djokovic was lacking the motivation to win that he’s rediscovered in the last 12 months.
Djokovic’s other danger in the quarter looks to be Dominic Thiem but, whilst the Austrian has also won his last two matches against Djokovic, he doesn’t look in the sort of form to beat an in-form Djokovic on hardcourts.