Indian Wells 2017
What a tournament that was! The top two players in the world suffered early exits—again. The next gen reminded us they’re still there. And Roger Federer once again surprised us all with a remarkable victory over Stan Wawrinka to claim his 25th Masters title. Indian Wells 2017 wasn’t short of intrigue, that’s for sure.
Oh, and, let’s just pretend I never made any predictions about Murray…
In a rematch of the epic five set semi final at the Australian Open earlier this year, it would be Swiss-on-Swiss crime once more. Unlike that match, however, this one proved to be a little more comfortable for the all time great. The first sent went without incident for the most part, staying on serve until Federer was able to make a breakthrough in the tenth game and take the opener. Wawrinka came out for the second all guns blazing, and raced to a 2—0 lead… but then lost the next three games to go back on serve.
Federer would take the initiative once more in the 12th game to seal set, the match, and the title, 6—4, 7—5.
How Indian Wells 2017 Affects the Rankings
We knew this was a bit of a bogey tournament for world number one, Andy Murray. As a result of his poor form here, losing his first match to Vasek Pospisil hardly impacted his ranking points at all. Djokovic, who made it a little further, was defending champion here and so his loss carries more weight. So while Murray is still sitting pretty at the top with a comfortable 4,000+ points cushion, Djokovic slides a little further away.
It’s perhaps more interesting what is happening below Djoker. His own loss, and the fact that he has been forced to pull out of Miami due to injury (as has Murray), coupled together with Wawrinka’s final berth in Indian Wells, means that the Swiss has effectively gained 2,410 points on Nole. He’s still well over 2,000 behind, of course, but that lead is eroding.
Moving down further, Roger Federer’s victory sees him just squeak into fourth place by five points. For the first time in a while, we have three of the Big Four taking up those top spots. And Rafa is only a couple of spots behind.
Other than that there wasn’t a lot of massive change. In-form Jo-Wilfried Tsonga dropped a couple of places after his recent heroics. American Jack Sock gained a couple of places after reaching the semis, but the big story was Federer.