Indian Wells....toughest tourney of the year???

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  1. VictorS.

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    I was just looking at the Pacific Life Open draw, and I couldn't believe how stacked this tournament is. The Australian Open really missed a lot of players due to injury (ie Nadal, Safin, Agassi, etc). All of these guys are back....in addition there are so many guys playing their best right now (Haas, Blake, Ljubicic, Baghdatis, Nalbandian, Kiefer)....just to name a few.

    I think this will be the toughest tournament of the year. Obviously the Australian Open was missing a lot of guys. The French and Wiimbledon really eliminate a lot of guys from consideration who aren't good on grass or clay. This is more of a neutral surface and at this time, I think there are just so many guys right now who are capable of playing top-notch tennis.
     
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  2. Max G.

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    You have a pretty good point... ...but the Slams are still best-of-five, and this isn't.
     
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  3. tykrum

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    So far though, all the seeds are hanging around, it's a great draw and shaping up to be much better match-ups than the Aussie. I'd just love to see a Nadal/Roddick semi, and then either one take out Fed in the final.
     
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  4. VictorS.

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    That is true. But isn't there also more rest in between matches during the slams?
     
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  5. superman1

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    The Slams are tougher, I don't think anyone will argue that. Particularly the French Open. But this draw is insane. Federer is the top seed and even he's gotten a rough draw. Then you look at the women's matches, and they're all predictable, the top players will always win 6-1 6-0. Hingis is the only low seed in the women's draw that can do some damage. In the men's draw on the other hand, there are low-ranked guys like Haas and Blake that can play #1 in the world tennis.
     
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  6. VictorS.

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    The thing about this tournament that really makes it exciting is the fact that all these guys are peaking. There have been very few upsets so far. I mean....the depth in this draw is unreal. I could see a number of different guys possibly winning this tourney:

    Federer
    Nadal
    Nalbandian
    Roddick (outside chance)
    Bagdatis
    Gasquet
    Ljubicic
    Safin
    Haas
    Blake
    Berdych
    Srichaphan (obviously real outside chance, but he's playing well)
     
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  7. Shabazza

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    Ditto!! And that's the main reason I prefer ATP over WTA - I'm really glad Hingis is back though...
     
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