The 2015 BNP Paribas Open may not be a major title with the prestige of Wimbledon or the excitement of the U.S. Open, but it features most of the marquee names in tennis and will provide thrilling theater in the later rounds.
With Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and more in this year’s bracket, there are bound to be back-and-forth matches that pit some of tennis’ most passionate fanbases against each other with a title on the line.
Here is a look at the critical information for the tournament, including the prize money, via ATPWorldTour.com.
2015 BNP Paribas Open
Category: ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Place: Indian Wells, U.S.A.
Dates: March 12 – 22
|Round of 16||$59,185|
|Round of 32||$31,670|
|Round of 64||$17,100|
|Round of 96||$10,485|
Storyline to Watch: Tennis Royalty Vies for Another Title
Three names have won 10 of the past 11 championships at Indian Wells, and those three names really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.
Djokovic, Federer and Nadal is the threesome that draw in the crowds and the interest for any tennis event, and the 2015 BNP Paribas Open will be no different. The only real question now is which superstar will take home this year's title or if someone like Murray can come up and pull off an upset in the later rounds.
Djokovic took home the title in 2014 and enters this tournament as the defending champion with plenty of confidence. After all, he knocked off Federer in last year’s final and has four Indian Wells championships on his resume.
If and when he runs into Federer again, Djokovic will know he has beaten the all-time great in Indian Wells before and has experienced recent success against him as well.
However, Federer knocked off Djokovic this year in the title match of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
Federer has owned this tournament throughout his career and is only three victories short of 50 match wins at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. He also has four championships at this event under his belt, including a stretch of three in a row from 2004 to 2006 (as well as the 2012 title).
Federer discussed his goals for the 2015 season, as reported by Christopher Clarey of The New York Times: “The big goal, if I could choose, would be to win Wimbledon. And I guess in a dream world, become world No. 1 again.”
Winning the BNP Paribas Open may not be Wimbledon, but all the big names of the sport are in Indian Wells. A championship for Federer would certainly help his campaign to become No. 1 again.
As for Nadal, he struggled in Indian Wells in 2014 and lost to Alexandr Dolgopolov in the third round. However, he took home the 2007 championship with a win over Djokovic, as well as the 2009 and 2013 titles.
Nadal is still trying to get back to form after an injury-riddled 2014 campaign and hasn't quite been his typical dominating self as of late.
Chris Chase of USA Today suggested that Nadal’s prime could be behind him after blowout loss to Tomas Berdych in the Australian Open:
The loss raises serious questions about Nadal’s health and state of mind. Always an introspective player, how does he reconcile a blowout loss to an inferior, but worthy, opponent and another (relatively) early exit from a Grand Slam?
Taking out the French Opens, these are Nadal’s Slam results since Wimbledon in 2012: 2R, absent, absent, 1R, won, F, 4R, absent, QF. Tomas Berdych or any other player would take those results, but for Nadal they’re disappointments. That’s the same amount of missed Slams as quarterfinals. The injuries aren’t going to stop and neither will the self-doubt.
The BNP Paribas is an excellent chance for Nadal to prove his health before the summer circuit and Wimbledon, especially if he gets matched up against Federer and/or Djokovic. That will be just another intriguing storyline to watch in Indian Wells.
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