Sunday’s thrilling final at the BNP Paribas Open punctuated an exciting, upset-filled week in Indian Wells that saw the ATP and WTA back together for the first time since Melbourne. And things have only just gotten started.
With the Sony Open now under way, the pace will continue to pick up for the men and women heading into the spring clay-and-grass swing that will only take a sustained break following the conclusion of Wimbledon in early July.
The ATP has seen a slightly unusual start to its season, with a surprise winner in Australia and the ever-so-slight faltering of Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal during the first few months, but overall, the high-quality tennis at the top of the men’s game has continued.
Last week in Indian Wells saw a topsy-turvy tournament unfold, with Nadal and Andy Murray both bowing out early. But when the dust settled, the stalwarts were left standing. Off to one of his better starts in a few years, Roger Federer has once again proved that any conversation about the demise of his game is premature.
Until proven otherwise, the ATP is still (mostly) the Big Four’s territory, but the first few months of this season have showed increasing promise from the rest of the field. Here’s how the top 30 men have fared so far.