The stars will be out in full force Wednesday at Indian Wells.
As the men enter fourth-round play, Novak Djokovic, Stanislas Wawrinka, Andy Murray and Roger Federer will all be in the action. Each player will be favored to advance to the quarters but as we've seen so far at tennis' desert palace, we should expect the unexpected. Rafael Nadal has already suffered a defeat, while each of the above names, with the exception of Wawrinka, has been pushed more than expected.
Tennis View Magazine's Tumaini Carayol put it simply:
With all the upsets, shock slam champion and scorelines like Djokovic def. Gonzalez 6-1 3-6 6-1, 2014 on the ATP has been decidedly WTA-y— Tumaini (@tumcarayol) March 11, 2014
There won't be as many big names in action on the women's draw. However, with Simona Halep, Jelena Jankovic and Agnieszka Radwanska looking to advance to the semifinals, there will be plenty to watch.
Let's take a look at everything you need to know for Day 7 action.
Complete Day 7 Schedule
|2 p.m. ET Start|
|Milos Raonic (10)||vs.||Andy Murray (5)||ATP Round 4|
|Simona Halep (6)||vs.||Casey Dellacqua||WTA Quarters|
|Stanislas Wawrinka (3)||vs.||Kevin Anderson (17)||ATP Round 4|
|Tommy Haas (11)||vs.||Roger Federer (7)||ATP Round 4|
|Not Before 10 p.m. ET|
|Jelena Jankovic||vs.||Agnieszka Radwanska||WTA Quarters|
|Not Before 11:30 p.m. ET|
|Marin Cilic (24)||vs.||Novak Djokovic||ATP Round 4|
Note: You can find the complete schedule of play for Wednesday here, courtesy of BNPParibasOpen.com.
Matchups to Watch
Milos Raonic (10) vs. Andy Murray (5)
Murray is still clearly working to get back to 100 percent healthy. After undergoing back surgery to end his 2013 season, the 26-year-old Scotsman lost to Roger Federer, who he had beaten in three of the previous four matches, in four sets in Australia. He followed that up with defeats to Marin Cilic and Grigor Dimitrov.
Certainly not bad defeats, but he hasn't quite looked as sharp as he did at the end of 2012 and for most of 2013.
The shaky play has continued in California, as he dropped a set against both Lukas Rosol and Jiri Vesely. He talked about his frustration to reporters after the latter match, via BNPParibasOpen.com:
The most important thing today was that I won. I wasn't happy with the way that I played. It's kind of days like that where I could have lost the match and you don't get an opportunity until Miami to play better or to improve some things. It's good to have the chance to play another match here and hopefully put in a better performance.
Who ya got in this one?
Murray can't afford to play like that against Raonic, who won the last head-to-head matchup with a third-set tiebreak in Tokyo in 2012.
The young Canadian is also recovering from an injury, but he looked good against Alejandro Falla and has the big serve to make Murray pay should he play inconsistently again.
Prediction: Raonic wins, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(4)
Jelena Jankovic (7) vs. Agnieszka Radwanska (2)
Both women have looked nearly unstoppable at Indian Wells.
Radwanska handled Heather Watson in straight sets, threw a double-bagel on Annika Beck and broke No. 22 Alize Cornet five times on her way to another straight-sets victory despite not looking her best.
Jankovic, who won this tournament in 2010, has dropped just 13 games through six victorious sets against Yvonne Meusburger, Magdalena Rybarikova and fellow defending champion No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki on Tuesday.
USA Today's Douglas Robson summed it up:
Radwanska beats in-form Cornet 75 63 and will play in-form Jankovic (despite her back) in QF. Should be a good one. #BNPPO14— Douglas Robson (@dougrobson) March 12, 2014
Still, for as good as Jankovic has looked, Radwanska has won the last four head-to-head meetings (all on hard courts) and as long as the 25-year-old plays up to her ability, she'll be able to advance to the semifinals.
Prediction Radwanska wins, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
Tommy Haas (11) vs. Roger Federer (7)
An intriguing battle between two accomplished—to varying degrees, obviously—veterans, Federer needed two tiebreaks to advance past Dmitry Tursunov, while Tommy Haas looked impressive—especially in the second set—against Kei Nishikori.
Still, don't expect Fed-Ex to be missing out on the quarterfinals.
The now second-ranked Swiss star has resurrected his career under the tutelage under Stefan Edberg. He made a strong run in Australia, and he has already reached two finals, including a win in Dubai.
Despite an up-and-down showing last round, he found important takeaways from his performance, via BNPParibasOpen.com:
Now I feel like I'm in a good place. Zen on the court. I know what my solid level is. Even if I won 6 and 6 today, I just feel like I was calm and served for the set. Okay, got broken. Still managed to stay calm. Down a set in the second; stayed calm and came back. So those are the moments where you feel there is confidence around somewhere.
Federer has lost to Haas just once in the last 11 head-to-head meetings (two retirements), and he should have his way with the solid German.
Prediction: Federer wins, 6-3, 6-4