Australian Open champion Nadal is the favorite in the first ATP Masters 1000 of the year on Thursday. The Spaniard has set his sights on his fourth title in Indian Wells. The 21-time Grand Slam winner remains undefeated this year, most recently winning in Acapulco. “He’s the one who’s going to hit,” tournament director Haas said of the 35-year-old. The number one contender in Southern California is world number one Russian Daniil Medvedev, who recently lost to Nadal in Melbourne and Acapulco.
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Lower Austrian Dominic Thiem, 2019 Indian Wells winner, was preparing for his return to the ATP Tour there, but now he wants to open it up again only in the sands season.
The women’s competition began in Indian Wells on Wednesday. All eyes are mainly on Naomi Osaka. The Japanese, who have not been doing well in the sport lately and have fallen to 78th place in the standings, won the championship in 2018 at the age of 20, and then made a significant advance to first place. At first, the unranked Osaka was given a difficult task. American Sloane Stephens, who just won in Guadalajara, waits. But in California, the top two places in the world rankings, Australian Ashleigh Barty and Barbora Krijkova from the Czech Republic, are missing.
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