After a fantastic February which included over 300 live matches across 12 tournaments, our focus turns to the first Masters 1000 event of the season…
The world’s best players produce some truly memorable matches every year in the Indian Wells desert, and we can undoubtedly expect fireworks once more at the BNP Paribas Open in 2019.
Can’t wait for the action to begin? The Tennis TV team have dug into our archives to present you with 10 of the best matches from the prestigious tournament!
10: Guy Forget vs Jim Courier, 1991
A 20-year old Jim Courier was still a new face on the Tour in 1991 and the American was looking for just his second career singles title. Surely the odds were stacked against him as he faced World No.5 Guy Forget?
9: Pete Sampras vs Petr Korda 1994
Home favourite Pete Sampras flew through the draw en-route to his first final in Indian Wells. Who came out on top in this five-set thriller?
8: Andre Agassi vs Pete Sampras, 1995
Just six weeks earlier Andre Agassi had beaten compatriot and long-term rival Pete Sampras to win the Australian Open. Could ‘Pistol Pete’ avenge that defeat in the desert?
7: Roger Federer vs Tim Henman, 2004
Having beaten 2001 champion Andre Agassi in the semi-finals, Roger Federer was looking for his 14th title on the ATP Tour as he faced Tim Henman in the final.
6: Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal, 2007
One of the greatest rivalries in tennis was still in its early stage, but even then it showed signs of flourishing. In just their second-ever meeting, who would triumph – the Spaniard or the Serb?
5: Novak Djokovic vs Rafael Nadal, 2011
Considered a turning point in this jaw-dropping rivalry, the pair returned four years later to the same spot for another memorable tussle. Would the result be the same?
4: Juan Martin del Potro vs Rafael Nadal, 2013
Rafael Nadal eased past defending champion Roger Federer on his way to the final, but was up against the towering figure of Juan Martin del Potro for the title. The Argentine had a four-match losing streak against Rafa coming into this one, and the Spaniard was on the cusp of history if he could clinch his 22nd ATP Tour Masters 1000 title…
3: Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer, 2014
The Serb was searching for a third Indian Wells title whilst the Swiss maestro was looking for his fifth. Another intense rivalry, another classic encounter…the Palm Springs desert was the picturesque battlefield as the action unfolded!
2: Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer, 2015
12 months on, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer were back for more. The Serb was now on top of the world as the rest of the Tour played catch-up. Could Federer stop Djokovic in this their second of seven final meetings in 2015?
1: Juan Martin del Potro vs Roger Federer, 2018
Last year’s final has already gone down as an all-time classic in the tournament’s illustrious history. Eight-time finalist Roger Federer took on Juan Martin del Potro, who was back at this stage for the first time in five years. A match simply not to miss…