Indian Wells will have a new champion. The start of the Masters 1000 in the Californian desert, with action from Thursday on ESPN and Star +, and the absences of the five winners in activity causes a different player to be scored on Sunday 17 as the new winner of that tournament on hard courts.
In 15 of the last 16 years, except for 2020 that was not contested by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Indian Wells male champion was a player today in activity, beyond the stops due to injuries. In fact, the Swiss Roger Federer, the Spanish Rafael Nadal, the Argentine Juan Martín del Potro and the Austrian Dominic Thiem are not participating this time due to a physical problem. Meanwhile, Serbian Novak Djokovic, No. 1 in the world, decided to rest after his frustrated Grand Slam at the US Open.
Djokovic won this contest five times, the usual first Masters 1000 of a season, this time moved to October by the aforementioned pandemic. The ATP ranking leader prevailed there in 2008, 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Federer was also crowned five times in Indian Wells, in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2012 and 2017.
The so-called Big 3, which also includes Nadal, accumulates 13 titles in this tournament, since the Spanish was the champion in three years, in 2007, 2009 and 2013. For this reason, his losses are very important in the circuit and in this championship. is a perfect example.
Meanwhile, Del Potro won that contest in 2018, when he recovered match points in the final against Federer, and Thiem won in 2019, in the latest version of Indian Wells, also against the Swiss in the decisive clash.
Therefore, 15 titles of the 16 most recent there were in the hands of current players, while the other, already retired, is still on the circuit but as a coach. This is the case of Croatian Ivan Ljubicic, champion in 2010, who is Federer’s coach.
The Russian Daniil Medvedev, the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas and the German Alexander Zverev, plus other names of weight, such as the Russian Andrey Rublev, come out as favorites in 2021, with the goal set to be the new winner in the Californian desert.