Indian Wells Tennis 2017: TV Schedule, Live Stream and Finals Predictions

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistMarch 19, 2017

INDIAN WELLS, CA - MARCH 18: Roger Federer of Switzerland serves against Jack Sock of the United States during his semi final match during day thirteen of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 18, 2017 in Indian Wells, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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The men’s final at Indian Wells 2017 will be an all-Swiss affair, as Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka will battle it out for the title on Sunday.

Both players were impressive in their respective semi-final encounters, each winning in straight sets to book their spot in the showpiece. Having won the Australian Open earlier this year, the veteran Federer will be out to add to his haul of titles for the calendar year.

Ahead of that match, there’ll be another clash of compatriots in the women’s final. Russian duo Svetlana Kuznetsova and Elena Vesnina will meet in what promises to be another fascinating match.

Here are the key viewing details for the finale at Indian Wells and a closer look at the four players battling it out for singles glory.

TV Info: ESPN (U.S.), Sky Sports (U.K.)

Live Stream: Watch ESPN (U.S.), Sky Go (U.K.)

 

Roger Federer vs. Stan Wawrinka

Switzerland's Roger Federer (L) shakes hands with Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka during their men's singles semi-final match on day 11 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 26, 2017. / AFP / PAUL CROCK / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO ED
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When Federer triumphed at the Australian Open earlier this year, many wondered if it’d be a last hurrah for one of the finest players to ever pick up a racket. However, the great man is playing some sparkling tennis in the twilight of his career.

Against Jack Sock in his semi-final he was serene in the opening set, hitting the young American off the court. And while Sock found a foothold in the second, Federer showed his ruthlessness on the big points to wrap the match up in straight sets.

As these figures from tennis journalist Christopher Clarey illustrate here, a final appearance at Indian Wells has seen Federer pull alongside Novak Djokovic on a landmark number:

Wawrinka also enjoyed a routine win on his way to the final. He took on Pablo Carreno in the last four and was far too good for the 21st seed, racing to a 6-3, 6-2 victory.

The third seed has had to scrap to make it to this stage of the competition, with Yoshihito Nishioka and Dominic Thiem pushing him to three sets. But slowly Wawrinka seems to have found his rhythm as the tournament has rumbled on.

Wawrinka has impressed on his way to the final.
Wawrinka has impressed on his way to the final.Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Matches between these two are always absorbing. Per tennis journalist Michal Samulski, the head-to-head gives reason for both players to be confident heading into the final:

Federer has been superb at this competition and is yet to drop a set on his way to the last stage. Factor in he was given a bye in the quarter-finals after Nick Kyrgios’ withdrawal, and the 35-year-old will shade a tight encounter.

Prediction: Federer in three sets

 

Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Elena Vesnina

INDIAN WELLS, CA - MARCH 17:  Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia celebrates match point after defeating Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in the women's semifinal on day 12 during the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 17, 2017 in In
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A determined straight sets win for Kuznetsova in the semi-finals against third seed Karolina Pliskova should give her confidence on the cusp of an all-Russian final.

Kuznetsova, seeded third at Indian Wells, wasn’t at her best in an attritional last-four encounter. But she scrapped her way to two tiebreaks and showed composure in both to make it to the final at this tournament for the third time in her career.

Per the WTA Twitter feed, Kuznetsova expressed her delight at making it into the final of the competition:

While she will be the narrow favourite on Sunday, Vesnina has been in blistering form on her way to the final.

The 30-year-old has produced some of the best tennis of her career at Indian Wells, beating second seed Angelique Kerber and this year’s Australian Open runner-up Venus Williams in thrilling style. After powering past Kristina Mladenovic in her semi, confidence will be pulsing through Vesnina when she steps onto the court for the final.

Vesnina has beaten some massive names on the way to the final.
Vesnina has beaten some massive names on the way to the final.Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Mladenovic took to social media after the semi-final, paying tribute to the standards showcased by Vesnina in a confident display:

If Vesnina maintains the same kind of consistency in the final that’s taken her this far in the competition then she’ll be very difficult to beat.

However, Kuznetsova is more experienced at handling these big occasions and having finished as a runner-up in 2007 and 2008, she’ll be determined to finally clinch victory here. That’ll give her a narrow advantage in what’s set up to be a thrilling final.

Prediction: Kuzentsova in three sets