Earlier this week, the "Indian Wells virus" dominated the headlines. But this weekend, all eyes were on the skies. Cold, windy and rainy conditions rolled in to challenge the men's semifinals. John Isner and Novak Djokovic managed to get their match in, and it was a huge, crowd-pleasing three-set win for Isner. But just as the men were shaking hands at the net, the first drops of rain began to fall. After a few hours of rain delay, the courts were dry enough for the second semi. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal took the court for their 28th meeting, with swirling winds and ominous clouds overhead. Conditions meant that tennis wouldn't be great, but the crowd didn't mind. There was a short rain delay partway through the match, and then, with Federer serving for the victory, yet another rain delay on match point. This drew a huge round of boos from the crowd, but the umpire had no choice. Five minutes later, Federer rose from his chair, walked to the service line, bounced the ball a few times, and then finished the match with one final serve, an ace.
Indian Wells Friday Quick Roundup
Hawk Hunting Juan Martin del Potro could only laugh today. A challenge he was confident would go his way was not available due to an "internet problem." When that happens, the call on the court stands. Federer's next challenge, which suddenly worked just fine, also went against “delPo.” Juan Martin turned his racquet around, aimed it at the replay screen, and fired. When told after the match that Federer had agreed with his first challenge, del Potro laughed and said, "He saw it out also? Don't tell me that!" Though frustrated with the technical problem, del Potro conceded that Federer was outplaying him today and the call was not that important.
Indian Wells Wednesday Quick Roundup
ONE: Many big names were out on the practice courts early Wednesday AM. The morning's entertainment was provided by the always smiling Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who was cracking up the crowd with his Victoria Azarenka impressions. Azarenka was hitting a couple courts away, and we are not sure if she heard or saw the teasing or not.