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  • Roger Federer takes on Juan Martin del Potro at the 2018 Indian Wells Masters
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Indian Wells 2018 Tournament Schedule

Who is playing Indian Wells in 2018?

The first big event on the tennis calendar outside the four Grand Slams, the BNP Paribas Open is the first of nine Masters 1000 Series events for the men and the first of only four Premier Mandatory events for the women and as such has featured the very biggest stars of tennis- with Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova, Juan Martin del Potro, Victoria Azarenka, Milos Raonic and Simona Halep among those who have graced Indian Wells since the 2018 BNP Paribas Open began on Wednesday 7 March. 

After 13 years of Big Four hegemony at Indian Wells - the tournament has only been won once since 2004 by somebody not named Federer, Nadal or Djokovic - the 2018 edition has been full of shocks so far, although Roger Federer remains the overwhelming favourite to retain his title as the Indian Wells Masters enters its closing stages. 

Federer came into the tournament having won all 12 matches played so far in 2018 after capturing his 20th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open and reclaiming the world no. 1 ranking with the Rotterdam title, and has now broken the longest winning streak of his professional career - the first 16 matches of the 2006 season won when he was 24 - by reaching the final at Indian Wells.

Juan Martin del Potro is into the quarterfinals at the Indian Wells Masters  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Already the beneficiary of a somewhat lopsided draw, with the likes of Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro in the bottom half, Federer has seen the other top seeds in his half all crash out before the semifinal stage. Third seed Grigor Dimitrov suffered an unlucky draw and fell to Fernando Verdasco in the second round, while fifth seed Dominic Thiem not only lost but suffered an ankle fracture in his third-round match against Pablo Cuevas which saw him pull out of the Miami Masters. In the absence of those men, some of the ATP World Tour's 'Next Gen' took centre stage. Australian Open semifinalist Chung lived up to his newly enhanced billing by ousting veterans Tomas Berdych and Cuevas to set up a quarterfinal clash with Federer; the USA's Taylor Fritz beat Andrey Rublev and Verdasco before falling to Borna Coric

One of the first players of his generation to break through, earning victories over Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray while still a teenager, Coric has struggled to live up to his early promise but the Croatian, still just 21, has a new coaching team in place and has clearly unlocked something at Indian Wells this fortnight, dropping just nine games through the first three rounds before surviving a hostile crowd and a gallant attempt at a comeback by Fritz in the fourth round. Against the experienced US Open runner-up Kevin Anderson in the quarterfinals, Coric came back from a set down against an opponent he had never beaten to record a 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(3) victory, ousting the seventh seed to reach his first Masters 1000 Series semifinal, where he lost to Federer.

In the bottom half of the draw, nobody came in on better form than Juan Martin del Potro, who was fresh from breaking back into the top 10 and beating three top-10 players to win the Abierto Mexicano Telcel title, and the Argentine has continued his excellent form by reaching the final. Runner-up at Indian Wells in 2013, before his virtual two-year absence from the sport due to wrist injuries in 2014-15, the 2009 US Open champion has always played some of his best tennis on American hard courts and he's held steady at Indian Wells so far, beating Alex de Minaur, David Ferrer and Leonardo Mayer to set up a quarterfinal clash with Philipp Kohlschreiber. The German veteran hadn't made a Masters 1000 Series quarterfinal since 2010 and at 32, it seemed that his best tennis might be behind him, but on the slow, gritty, high-bouncing courts of Indian Wells Kohlschreiber has rediscovered the kind of form he still brings to his preferred clay, ousting second seed Marin Cilic on his way. 

Former champion Novak Djokovic may not have found his comeback from elbow surgery as easy as he hoped - he fell in three sets in the second round in an error-strewn defeat to Taro Daniel - and Alexander Zverev, twice a Masters 1000 Series champion in 2017, continues to struggle in 2018 as he lost in the second round to Joao Sousa, but former runner-up Milos Raonic has shown signs of getting back to something like his old form with his semi-final run.

Federer and del Potro have been the stand-out players, and they will compete for the title in a mouth-watering final on Sunday.

Indian Wells 2018 Seeds

Seeded players at the 2018 Indian Wells Masters

SeedPlayerPrevious bestNext match
1Roger FedererChampion (2004-6, 2012, 2017)R1: Bye
R2: d. Delbonis, 6-3, 7-6(6)
R3: d. Krajinovic, 6-3, 6-1
R16: d. Chardy, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1
QF: d. Chung, 7-5, 6-1
SF: Faces Coric
2Marin CilicQF (2016)R1: Bye
R2: d. Fucsovics, 7-5, 6-3
R3: Lost to Kohlschreiber, 4-6, 4-6
3Grigor DimitrovR3 (2013-15, 2017)R1: Bye
R2: Lost to Verdasco, 6-7(4), 6-4, 3-6
4Alexander ZverevR16 (2016)R1: Bye
R2: Lost to Sousa, 5-7, 7-5, 4-6
5Dominic ThiemQF (2017)R1: Bye
R2: d. Tsitsipas, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
R3: Lost to Cuevas, 6-3, 4-6, 2-4 (ret.)
6Juan Martin del PotroRunner-up (2013)R1: Bye
R2: d. de Minaur, 6-2, 6-1
R3: d. Ferrer, 6-4, 7-6(3)
R16: d. Mayer, 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-3
QF: Faces Kohlschreiber
7Kevin AndersonQF (2013-14)R1: Bye
R2: d. Donskoy, 7-5, 6-4
R3: d. Kicker, 7-6(1), 7-6(3)
R16: d. Carreno Busta, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(6)
QF: Lost to Coric, 6-2, 4-6, 6-7(3)
8Jack SockSF (2017)R1: Bye
R2: d. Fabbiano, 6-2, 7-5
R3: Lost to Lopez, 6-7(6), 6-4, 4-6
9Lucas PouilleR3 (2017)R1: Bye
R2: Lost to Bhambri, 4-6, 4-6
10Novak DjokovicChampion (2008, 2011, 2014-16)R1: Bye
R2: Lost to Daniel, 6-7(3), 6-4, 1-6
11Pablo Carreno BustaSF (2017)R1: Bye
R2: d. Zeballos, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(3)
R3: d. Medvedev, 6-1, 7-5
R16: Lost to Anderson, 6-4, 3-6, 6-7(3)
12Tomas BerdychSF (2013)R1: Bye
R2: d. Marterer, 6-1, 6-4
R3: Lost to Chung, 4-6, 4-6
13Roberto Bautista AgutR16 (2014)R1: Bye
R2: d. Donaldson, 6-4, 6-2
R3: Lost to Coric, 1-6, 3-6
14Diego SchwartzmanR2 (2015)R1: Bye
R2: Lost to Baghdatis, 5-7, 4-6
15John IsnerRunner-up (2012)R1: Bye
R2: Lost to Monfils, 7-6(5), 6-7(3), 5-7
16Fabio FogniniR16 (2014)R1: Bye
R2: Lost to Chardy, 6-4, 6-7(2), 4-6
17Nick KyrgiosQF (2017)Withdrew
18Sam QuerreyR16 (2011, 2013)R1: Bye
R2: d. M. Zverev, 6-4, 7-5
R3: d. Bhambri, 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4
R16: d. Lopez, 6-3, 6-4
QF: Faces Raonic
19Albert Ramos-VinolasR3 (2012, 2015-17)R1: Bye
R2: Lost to Coric, 0-6, 3-6
20Adrian MannarinoR16 (2016)R1: Bye
R2: d. Polansky, 6-1, 6-4
R3: Lost to Chardy, 5-7, 6-4, 1-6
21Kyle EdmundR2 (2017)R1: Bye
R2: Lost to Sela, 4-6, 4-6
22Kei NishikoriQF (2016-17)Withdrew
23Hyeon ChungR1 (2017)R1: Bye
R2: d. Lajovic, 6-7(9), 6-3, 6-3
R3: d. Berdych, 6-4, 6-4
R16: d. Cuevas, 6-1, 6-3
QF: Lost to Federer, 5-7, 1-6
24Gilles MullerR3 (2005, 2017)R1: Bye
R2: Lost to Herbert, 3-6, 5-7
25Filip KrajinovicR1 (2015)R1: Bye
R2: d. Krueger, 6-2, 6-2
R3: Lost to Federer, 2-6, 1-6
26Damir DzumhurR2 (2017)R1: Bye
R2: Lost to Kicker, 6-4, 2-6, 1-6
27Andrey RublevQ1 (2017)R1: Bye
R2: Lost to Fritz, 4-6, 6-7(4)
28Feliciano LopezQF (2015)R1: Bye
R2: d. Escobedo, 6-4, 6-3
R3: d. Sock, 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-3
R16: Lost to Querrey, 3-6, 4-6
29David FerrerQF (2007)R1: Bye
R2: d. Sandgren, 6-2, 7-6(3)
R3: Lost to del Potro, 4-6, 6-7(3)
30Pablo CuevasQF (2017)R1: Bye
R2: d. Shapovalov, 7-6(4), 6-3
R3: d. Thiem, 3-6, 6-4, 4-2 (ret.)
R16: Lost to Chung, 1-6, 3-6
31Philipp KohlschreiberR16 (2009, 2011)R1: Bye
R2: d. Smyczek, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4
R3: d. Cilic, 6-4, 6-4
R16: d. Herbert, 6-4, 7-6(1)
QF: Faces del Potro
32Milos RaonicRunner-up (2016)R1: Bye
R2: d. Auguer-Aliassime, 6-4, 6-4
R3: d. Sousa, 7-5, 4-6, 6-2
R16: d. Baghdatis (W/O)
QF: Faces del Potro

About the BNP Paribas Open

One of the biggest events in tennis, the BNP Paribas Open – also known as the Indian Wells Masters – is one of only two tournaments outside the four Grand Slams to last longer than a week, with the tournament unfolding over two weeks at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in the Californian desert. The property of billionaire Larry Ellison, CEO and co-founder of Oracle, the tournament and the venue features the second-largest tennis stadium in the world. 

Indian Wells has roots stretching back to 1976 when the tournament began a five-year run at the Mission Hills Country Club in the Coachella Valley before moving to the La Quinta Hotel under the direction of Charlie Pasarell. The tournament went through a large number of different names and title sponsors before its current facilities at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden were developed and it became known in 2009 as the BNP Paribas Open. The women’s tournament was held a week prior to the men’s until 1996, when the two events were combined to create the BNP Paribas Open.

Founded by ex-tennis pros Charlie Pasarell and Raymond Moore, the tournament now called the BNP Paribas Open is a Masters 1000 Series event for the men and a Premier Mandatory event for the women, meaning that it is one of a small number of events at which the best players on both tours are required to appear. Beyond that, Indian Wells is an incredibly popular event for both players and fans. Played at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, which features 29 courts including a 16,100-seat main stadium which is the second-largest tennis stadium in the world and an 8,000-set Stadium 2 which was added after redevelopment began in 2013, the BNP Paribas Open is one of just two events outside the four majors at which main-draw play extends beyond a week. The second is the Miami Open, which directly follows Indian Wells on the calendar. Winning both events in the same year is one of the most difficult feats in tennis and is known as the 'Sunshine Double'. Only seven men - most recently Roger Federer in 2017 - and three women, most recently Victoria Azarenka in 2016, have completed the 'Sunshine Double'. 

Indian Wells is the first Masters 1000 Series or Premier Mandatory event on the tennis calendar and punctuates the long stretch between the Australian Open in January and the French Open in late May, bringing the first quarter of the year, dominated as it is by hard courts, to an exciting climax before the tours move on to clay courts. Many if not most of the all-time greats of the game have captured the title at Indian Wells, starting with John Newcombe beating Arthur Ashe in the final of the inaugural tournament in 1974; Jimmy Connors (1976, 1981, 1984), Boris Becker (1987-8), Stefan Edberg (1980), Jim Courier (1991, 1993), Michael Chang (1992, 1996-7), Pete Sampras (1994-5), Andre Agassi (2001) and Lleyton Hewitt (2002-3) have all proved popular champions in the desert on the men's side, while the shorter history of the women's event has seen Martina Navratilova (1990-1), Monica Seles (1992), Steffi Graf (1994, 1996), Martina Hingis (1998), Kim Clijsters (2003, 2005) and Justine Henin (2004) taking the crown. 

In recent years, the 'Big Four' have established dominance over the men's event at the BNP Paribas Open. Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic between them share the all-time record for most Indian Wells titles, with each winning five times; Federer between 2004 and 2017, when he won his first title in five years and went on to complete a third Sunshine Double, and Djokovic between 2008 and 2016, winning four Sunshine Doubles over that period. 

2018 BNP Paribas Open tournament information

Indian Wells 2018 tournament information

BNP Paribas Open 2017Indian Wells
Dates7-20 March 2018
LocationIndian Wells, California, USA
VenueIndian Wells Tennis Garden
SurfaceHard (Plexipave), outdoor
ATP World Tour categoryMasters 1000
WTA Tour categoryPremier Mandatory
Entrants96 singles / 32 doubles
Number of seeds32
Reigning men's championRoger Federer
Reigning women's championElena Vesnina
Prize money (men)US$7,037,595
Prize money (women)US$6,844,139

Previous Indian Wells champions

Previous winners of the Indian Wells Masters

1974John NewcombeArthur Ashe
1975John AlexanderIlie Nastase
1976Jimmy ConnorsRoscoe Tanner
1977Brian GottfriedGuillermo Vilas
1978Roscoe TannerRaul Ramirez
1979Roscoe Tanner (2)Brian Gottfriend
1981Jimmy Connors (2)Ivan Lendl
1982Yannick NoahIvan Lendl
1983Jose HiguerasEliot Teltscher
1984Jimmy Connors (3)Yannick Noah
1985Larry StefankiDavid Pate
1986Joakim NystromYannick Noah
1987Boris BeckerStefan Edberg
1988Boris Becker (2)Emilio Sanchez
1989Miroslav MecirYannick Noah
1990Stefan EdbergAndre Agassi
1991Jim CourierGuy Forget
1992Michael ChangAndrei Chesnokov
1993Jim Courier (2)Wayne Ferreira
1994Pete SamprasPetr Korda
1995Pete Sampras (2)Andre Agassi
1996Michael Chang (2)Paul Haarhuis
1997Michael Chang (3)Bohdan Ulihrach
1998Marcelo RiosGreg Rusedski
1999Mark PhilippoussisCarlos Moya
2000Alex CorretjaThomas Enqvist
2001Andre AgassiPete Sampras
2002Lleyton HewittTim Henman
2003Lleyton Hewitt (2)Gustavo Kuerten
2004Roger FedererTim Henman
2005Roger Federer (2)Lleyton Hewitt
2006Roger Federer (3)James Blake
2007Rafael NadalNovak Djokovic
2008Novak DjokovicMardy Fish
2009Rafael Nadal (2)Andy Murray
2010Ivan LjubicicAndy Roddick
2011Novak Djokovic (2)Rafael Nadal
2012Roger Federer (4)John Isner
2013Rafael Nadal (3)Juan Martin del Potro
2014Novak Djokovic (3)Roger Federer
2015Novak Djokovic (4)Roger Federer
2016Novak Djokovic (5)Milos Raonic
2017Roger Federer (5)Stan Wawrinka

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