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Indian Wells: Where the Singles Stars – and Marc Lopez – Go to Shine

March 16, 2012


Yes, it’s a real-life, actual post! But this time around, I’m actually sick. I’m telling you: The wife and 3-year-old owe me big time for getting me sick!

Anyway, I’ve still managed to keep two eyes (it couldn’t just be one) on the doubles in Indian Wells and it looks like a very interesting men’s final could take place tomorrow between a pair of unseeded teams. Spaniards Marc Lopez and Rafael Nadal take on Americans John Isner and Sam Querrey.

That’s not a bad result by any stretch for three guys who’ve been in the top 20 in singles in their careers!

Lopez and Nadal, though, aren’t strangers to success in the desert, having won Indian Wells only year before last. Isner and Querrey are playing in their second career Masters 1000 final together, winning last year in Rome. And while neither team is as experienced as the semifinal opponents they took out (Marcin Matkowski and Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor, respectively) they each have a certain comfort level built through winning titles together.

Friendship plays a big role, too, allowing them to take the court in a relaxed mode with each other.

It’ll be an interesting contrast with the baseline steadiness of Nadal and Lopez against the big hitting of “Team Quisner.” I think it could come down to a match tiebreak–and I’m too chicken to make the call!

On a similar note, I’m glad to see Isner ignored this post from a bit ago and is still out there doing his thing on the doubles court!

(Photo: Getty Images)

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