The main threat to Federer at Indian Wells is expected to be Serbia's Novak Djokovic, who is returning to action after undergoing elbow surgery. The top two players were still far above the competition, as World No.3 Marin Cilic of Croatia was almost 4,600 points behind Nadal, narrowly ahead of Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov and Germany's Alexander Zverev. Marin Cilic has only advanced as far as the quarterfinals here once (2016), and he's in a tough quarter with Djokovic, Kei Nishikori, Juan Martin Del Potro and John Isner, but he can't be overlooked after advancing to the final in Australia and pushing Fed-Ex to five sets.
The Swiss will sit out the first round of matches after being handed a bye, with a meeting with either Argentina's Federico Delbonis or home favourite Ryan Harrison awaiting him in the second.
Swiss World No.1 Roger Federer is getting ready to defend his title at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, where the field is notable for the absences of Spain's Rafael Nadal, Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka, France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and France's Richard Gasquet.
Like Sock, the 20-year-old German has gotten off to a slow start in 2018, but could rebound for a big run here in both draws as he and his older brother Mischa are teaming up in doubles. The announcement was made shortly after Nadal withdrew from the Acapulco Open in Mexico.
World number one Federer faces several potentially tough opponents as he seeks to defend the title he won previous year against compatriot Stan Wawrinka. Khachanov possesses one of the most powerful games on Tour and is exceptionally hard to handle when he is at his best. His game still needs to improve against the very best.
"I was fortunate enough to go back to coach for a month a year ago which allowed me to see a little bit more of what is going on and he was working so hard". You can work hard but sometimes you can work hard functionally rather than with a certain passion.
A cheeky young ballgirl has upstaged the great Roger Federer with some seriously good tennis skills. Federer won't have it all his own way, there is enough quality in the draw to ensure that, but he will do what he does best, and that is win. He is certainly top-10 level in terms of his quality.
"As much as people are missing the marquee names it is also quite exciting to see which players are going to have the ability to step up and actually take advantage of some of the holes that are appearing in these draws". Pouille (one title and two runner-up performances during the February swing in Europe) and Schwartzman (champion on the red clay of Rio de Janeiro) are the only two men in the third quarter of the bracket in particular fine form right now, so a Pouille-Schwartzman quarterfinal showdown would arguably be less surprising than something like Zverev vs.
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