The BNP Paribas Open draw is out, and top seed Rafael Nadal has a bye in the first round. He is set to defend his title with a second round match over the winner of the match between Radek Stepanek and Denis Istomin.
Fabio Fognini is the highest seed Nadal could face before the QFs, but there is a possibility of a Nadal-Murray quarterfinal. Rafa could potentially play a semifinal with Stanislas Wawrinka or Roger Federer. In Novak Djokovic’s half are Tomas Berdych, Juan Martin del Potro, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Top half projected R16s: Nadal-Fognini, Raonic-Murray, Wawrinka-Youzhny, Haas-Federer.
Projected bottom half R16s: Gasquet-Isner, Dimitrov-Berdych, del Potro-Tsonga, Robredo-Djokovic.
Rafa won Indian Wells last year, therefore he is defending 1000 points at this Masters event. Vamos Rafa! We have full confidence that you will take this title!
More to follow…
(via @Ben Rothenberg)