May 25, 2024

Open Court


Federer gets it going on Stadium 1 (video)

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – He might still be a little jet-lagged, but Roger Federer looked just fine on Stadium 1 Wednesday.

The No. 4 seed at this week’s BNP Paribas Open practiced with Pablo Carreño Busta of Spain in the early evening.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the Indian Wells site on Stadium 2, eight other male players were about to wait out a rain delay before playing the Tie Break Tens event.

By the time they were done, Federer probably had his feet up at his house watching.

Milos Raonic beat Stan Wawrinka in the final to pick up the $150,000, winner-take-all purse.

Mr. 100 coming in from Dubai

Federer made the long trip from Dubai, where amid much fanfare he sealed his 100th career ATP Tour title.

He moved his ranking up from No. 7 to No. 4 with the win, and that gives him the No. 4 seed. He was drawn in the same half as Rafael Nadal.

His early draw looks pretty good. After a first-round bye, he’ll play against the winner of Peter Gojowczyk (1-0) and Andreas Seppi (14-1 during their long careers).

If he wins that, he likely would face his longtime friend Stan Wawrinka.

Despite the fact that he’s starting to play some good tennis, Wawrinka remains unseeded at this event. But the seed he would face in the second round is No. 29 Marton Fucsovics of Hungary.

Kyle Edmund, Frances Tiafoe and Fabio Fognini are in the section from which their next opponent would spring.

Here are some photos of the session.

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