Raise the trophy on wounded knee: Nadal triumphs at Indian Wells

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Nadal changed tactics and wore down DelPo

FROM THE BNP PARIBAS OPEN AT INDIAN WELLS – It wasn’t supposed to be this way for Rafael Nadal, but was it. Seven months of hell with his knee, rehabbing daily, unsure how it would respond, losing his rhythm, his timing, and his confidence.

He came back in Vina Del Mar at the start of February and looked at best mediocre. In the final there, Horacio Zeballos scalded him in the third set and he looked slow. But no matter, he trudged onto to Sao Paolo where on a super quick indoor court he throttled David Nalbandian in the final. He felt better, but his knee was still sore. He took a week off and then headed to Acapulco, where his movement began to improve a great deal, he gleefully slid around and he bullied compatriots Nicolas Almagro and David Ferrer to win the title

But when he arrived in the California desert, he had his doubts. During his first few days at Indian Wells he spent a fair amount of time criticizing the ATP

Stick, move, deliver knockout punch: Sharapova wins Indian Wells

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Maria won her first title since 2012 Roland Garros beating one retriever after another

FROM THE BNP PARIBAS OPEN – The last time that Maria Sharapova won Indian Wells, he crushed Elena Dementieva 6-1 6-2 in the final and six months later wen ton to win the US Open.

If she plays as well as she did in smoking a game but overwhelmed Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-2 in the 2013 final, she

TENNISREPORTERS’ INSIDER: Some thing old, something new for Nadal

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After seven months off the tour, Nadal is 16-1 during his comeback

FROM THE BNP PARIBAS OPEN AT INDIAN WELLS – Rafael Nadal said he had doubts about his ability to play on hard courts when he arrived at Indian Wells. He has said all fortnight long that he has been surprised by his success. But no one outside of his camp else really is, because he

Tennisreporters Insider, March 14: Rafa rips through Roger again

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Rafa is now 19-10 vs Roger and running away with their rivalry

FROM THE BNP PARIBAS OPEN AT INDIAN WELLS – The rivalry between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer is without question the most popular one in tennis, but in front of a packed house at Indian Wells on a steamy Thursday, they contested one of their most mundane matches ever.

Nadal won the contest 6-4, 6-2 and was never seriously threatened as Federer

Tennis Insider March 13 Federer vs. Nadal No. 29 ahead

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The sore-backed Roger is 5-6 against the sore-kneed Nadal on hard courts.


FROM THE BNP PARIBAS OPEN AT INDIAN WELLS – Roger and Rafa will face off for the 29th time on Thursday, but on this occasion neither man will enter the match in tip top shape. But know this: every time they face off the contest is intense, and takes on his historical meaning.

Both the great Swiss and incredible Spaniard struggled in victories on Wednesday and both could have easily lost their matches.

Federer edged his friend Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3 6-7 7-5, while Nadal had to pull out all stops to put down the red hot Ernests Gulbis 4-6 6-4 7-5.

Federer could have really lost the contest as he was frequently outhit by Wawrinka from both wings, but he is smarter player who understands the big moments much more than his Davis Cup team mate does, which is why he has won 13 of their 14 contests.

Just like he did against Novak Djokovic at the Aussie Open, Wawrinka pleased the crowd with his high-flying one-handed backhand and rifling forehand, but despite playing with a sore back, Federer served well enough when he needed to, bludgeoned Wawrinka with his crisp forehand and stayed steady in the third set, even though he had blown the second set when he was broken at love to serving for the match at 5-4.

Tennisreporter.net Insider, March 13: The young and lack of progress

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Milos and the younger set need to start beating the Big 4 sooner than later



The ankle injury that Victoria Azarenka has been nursing isn

Tennisreporters.net Insider, March 10 Sharapova Swings past Suarez

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Also featured: Fish’s return, Burdette’s progress, Murray on a shot clock, Bartoli & Novotna

FROM THE BNP PARIBAS OPEN AT INDIAN WELLS – Maria Sharapova is in a pretty happy place these days (and no it

Yes, the top spot is huge


Vika is 1-11 vs Serena

Vika is 1-11 vs Serena

FROM THE BNP PARIBAS OPEN AT INDIAN WELLS – While it was obvious to most of the tennis world how critical Victoria Azarenka

TR Retro: Nadal vs. Nalbandian, Indian Wells 2009

Nalby had Rafa's back up against the wall

FROM THE BNP PARIBAS OPEN AT INDAIN WELLS – In the end, it looked nothing like the middle, which was almost the end of Rafael Nadal at Indian Wells. Then, David Nalbandian was having his way with the Spaniard, caning the ball with such force off both wings that he was one point away from going up two breaks in the second set.

But there are reasons why Nadal has won six Slams and the multi-talented Nalbandian is 0 for the majors: one is that Nadal never believes he