Found March 08, 2013 on Tennis Grand Stand:
By Maud Watson Rafael Nadal at the BNP Paribas practice courts He’s Baaa-aack Rafael Nadal couldn’t have asked for a better start in his return from injury. He picked up his second title in three tournaments with his win in Acapulco, and what an emphatic win it was, too. In his last two matches, he took out his fellow countrymen Almagro and Ferrer in straight sets, and the win over Ferrer in the final was particularly brutal. He was moving around the court like a jack rabbit, and, when the opportunity presented itself, appeared to be growing more and more confident in his ability to take the ball on and dictate the point. His impressive win in Mexico doesn’t suddenly make him the favorite for Roland Garros as some overzealous fans and analysts have suggested, but it’s clear by what we saw coming off his racquet last week that he’s already starting to resemble the Nadal of old. We’ll see how Nadal’s clay court success translates onto the hard courts at Indian Wells, but it’s safe to ...

Nadal slams ATP over new rules

Rafael Nadal, back on a hard court for the first time in 344 days, played well enough to beat Ryan Harrison 7-6, 6-2 in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open. But he produced a far more compelling performance in the post-match news conference. Maybe seven months away from the game with knee problems has sharpened his opinions. He was certainly not short of a few here. Listen...

Biggest test yet for Nadal's knee

Rafael Nadal is not sure how his injured left knee will respond to his first hardcourt match of the year at the BNP Paribas Open. Nadal is a two-time champion and three-time finalist at this event. He has not played a match on a hard court in almost a year and is only a month into his comeback from a left knee injury that sidelined him for seven months. He has played three tournaments...

Nadal wins in hardcourt return

Rafael Nadal, playing on a hard court for the first time in almost a year, defeated Ryan Harrison 7-6 (3), 6-2 in a second-round match at the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday. Nadal, a two-time champion at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, had missed seven months because of a left knee injury and hadn't played on a hard court since March 29, 2012. The Spanish star returned to the...

Photos: Novak Djokovic Plays Shirtless Soccer at the BNP Paribas Open

Novak Djokovic is never one to refuse a game of soccer on the field of the BNP Paribas Open - and this time Nole fans, not only do we have him running around with his tennis buddies (and RedFoo), but we have him SHIRTLESS!  Now, when you see the picture of him on the ground, please don't worry, he was just pretending to fall and fake an injury so his team could win the point.  Enjoy!

Nadal beats Federer at Indian Wells

Lured by the anticipation of another duel between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, fans packed the main stadium at the BNP Paribas Open on a sultry evening in the desert. After all, it was the first time in ATP Tour history that two players with 28 Grand Slam titles between them were meeting up. What resulted, however, wasn't vintage Nadal vs. Federer. With Nadal recovering...

Photos: The Federer/Nadal Bromance is Intact

What happens when you get two of the best tennis players EVER on one court?  Well, when Roger Federer was finishing his practice on Court 2 and Rafael Nadal was about to start practice on the same court, fans got a special treat!  But.....would they see any tension between the two rivals and future Hall of Fame inductees?

Nadal Returns to Hardcourt with Indian Wells Win; Still Unhappy with 25-Second Rule

  (March 9, 2013) No. 5 Rafael Nadal returned to the hardcourt for first time in almost a year by defeating American Ryan Harrison 7-6 (3), 6-2 in the  second round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells on Saturday. The Spaniard had been off the tour with a left knee injury for seven [...]

Disco in the Desert: Indian Wells Players’ Party

Players like Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, and Victoria Azarenka took time out of their busy schedules on Thursday evening to walk the “green” carpet at the IW Club for the annual BNP Paribas Open players’ party. This years theme? Disco. But don’t expect many disco themed outfits. As usual, the green carpet saw everything from players in jeans and sweatshirts to mini skirts...

On Court: Indian Wells and World Tennis Day

  Snapshot of the Indian Wells draws: Men’s- The hot button issue was to find out where world number five, Rafael Nadal would end up and whose quarter he could potentially spoil. The answer to those two questions was his long-time rival, Roger Federer. I’m already excited for a possible quarter’s showdown between these two greats. However, I still feel the favourite coming...

Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Murray hit the BNP Paribas Open Practice Courts

March 7, 2013 — With many of the top tennis players having already been in Indian Wells, CA for days, it’s no surprise to see fans flock out to the practice sessions of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray even before each player starts their official bid for the title. With all three players having a bye in the first round, Roger Federer will open up against the winner...

Serves’ Up! Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Ivanovic, Azarenka Take Part in IWTG Groundbreaking

March 8, 2013 — Tennis top stars and past BNP Paribas Open champions Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Ana Ivanovic and Victoria Azarenka took part in the groundbreaking for the Indian Wells Tennis Garden expansion project on Friday. Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, BNP Paribas Open tournament owner Larry Ellison, Ana Ivanovic, Victoria Azarenka, and Novak Djokovic The official...

Bryans, Fish + Djokovic team with Redfoo, Jeremy Piven at 9th Annual K•Swiss Desert Smash.

Looks like guys' night out was extra entertaining with the addition of RedFoo and Jeremy Piven. Pictured at the 9th annual K•Swiss Desert Smash at La Quinta Resort are the bros Bryan, Mardy Fish (welcome back), Redfoo, Piven and Novak Djokovic. The annual event/party benefited the Variety of the Desert. The highlight of the evening was an out-of-ATP doubles match, Piven and...

How Djokovic, Azarenka, Hantuchova and Others Prepared for the BNP Paribas Open

The BNP Paribas Open is just under way, and with all the recent tennis festivities including the BNP Paribas Showdowns and K-Swiss Desert Smash, tennis players have been preparing for Indian Wells in a variety of fun and entertaining ways. We’ll give you the full run down on Novak Djokovic, Juan Martin del Potro, Caroline Wozniacki, Mardy Fish, Jack Sock, Daniela Hantuchova and...

With Tough Back-to-Back Losses, Just How Far Will David Ferrer Fall?

By Romi Cvitkovic With David Ferrer’s 6-0, 6-2 loss to Rafael Nadal in the final of Acapulco last week, followed by his opening round loss to Kevin Anderson at the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday, is Ferrer — at age 30 — on his way out of the game? Known for his ferocious and undying hustle on court, the No. 4 seed seemed well on his way to a straight set win in Indian Wells over...

Maria Sharapova puts her HEAD Graphene Instinct to the Ultimate Racquet Test.

Silliness, but whatever, I need entertainment until I get to Indian Wells. Watch for an appearance by Novak Djokovic.
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