BNP Paribas Open 2013: Biggest Storylines to Watch out for in Quarterfinals

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIMarch 14, 2013

INDIAN WELLS, CA - MARCH 10:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a return to Fabio Fognini during day 5 of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 10, 2013 in Indian Wells, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The 2013 BNP Paribas Open is down to the final eight, with some of the biggest names in men's tennis still competing for the title at Indian Wells.

There's plenty to look forward to in the quarterfinal action this week—particularly given some of the storylines and matchups that will take place, as well as the form that the eight remaining players have shown so far. 

Read on to see the biggest storylines to watch out for at Indian Wells this week.


Can Kevin Anderson Continue His Strong Run?

After defeating David Ferrer in the opening round, South African Kevin Anderson has himself primed for a huge quarterfinal showdown with Tomas Berdych.

Both Anderson and Berdych possess big serves, which should make this one a very tight and close affair. Given the momentum that Anderson is currently thriving on—having defeated two seeded players already—his incredible run could continue here.

Berdych is a strong performer on hard courts who continues to be a real threat, but it's hard to completely count out Anderson here. I think he'll end the South African's run, but not before Anderson gives him an almighty scare in three sets.


Will Juan Martin del Potro Stun Andy Murray?

Juan Martin del Porto and Andy Murray are lined up for a quarterfinal match that the in-form Brit will be largely expected to win given his strong year so far.

However, del Porto simply cannot be counted out of this one and given his strong showings on hard court surfaces before, could well take this one.

Del Portro stunned Roger Federer in the U.S. Open on a hard court before and hasn't played on a different surface throughout 2013 yet. That could well help him against Murray who, despite being a fierce challenger and strong player, will have a tough time against Del Potro.

He struggled against Carlos Berlocq, and given Del Potro's hard court play, I think he's primed for an upset here at Indian Wells.


How Will Roger Federer Fare Against Rafael Nadal?

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal look likely to resume their rivalry once more following both players' tough, but strong, wins in the round of 16.

Nadal has had it over Federer in recent years, but given his injury and the fact he might not be 100 percent just yet, will probably go into this match as the underdog. And rightly so, given Federer's strength on hard courts throughout his career on tour.

Back the Fed Express here to get the job done against the current World No. 5, though Nadal will certainly put up a fight against Federer. 


Will Novak Djokovic's Unbeaten Run Continue?

Novak Djokovic, as incredible as it seems, is undefeated in 2013.

It's been an incredible run of late for World No. 1 Novak Djokovic who will be looking to keep his run alive when he takes on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Tsonga is a tough guy to come up against, with his big serve always causing problems, and Djokovic will definitely have to play well to triumph in this one.

Yet, like he's done time and time again this year, he'll win. It's simply too hard to see the Serbian international losing a match like this—especially this late in the tournament when he's completely focused on the job ahead.

Expect Djokovic to make it 17-0 in 2013.


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