BNP Paribas Open, also known as Indian Wells, is the first tournament of Masters 1000 for this season. The competition will be held in California, between the 6th and the 19th of March.
Indian Wells is the competition that opens the season for the ATP World Tour Masters tournaments. This year the favorites for the men’s competition are Andy Murray (number 1 in the rankings) and Novak Djokovic (number 2). Roger Federer, the Australian Open champion, has dropped to just 10th on the favorite’s list for this tournament.
Novak Djokovic dominates the titles for the Masters 1000 tournaments having won a total of 28 since 2008. Rafael Nadal follows with 19, Andy Murray with 14 and Roger Federer with 10. It is quite indicative of who makes the difference in these tournaments as the aforementioned 4 players have been awarded 88% of all the ATP Masters 1000 titles.
To concentrate on the Indian Wells competition statistics two names float to the top. Novak Djokovic is the player that has won the last 3 tournaments in a row and has won a total of 5 tournaments out of the 6 he has played. 6 is a critical number as it is the one indicating the most tournaments played by a tennis player and the number that brings the Serbian and Roger Federer tied at the top. The same two players also hold the same record on the titles won consecutively.
The BNP Paribas Open is the most attended tennis event in the world excluding the four Grand Slams. Since 2000, it has been held at the state-of-the-art Indian Wells Tennis Garden featuring a 16,100-seat stadium, which makes it the second largest in the world. The venue sits in the Coachella Valley, known for its 354 days of sunshine a year and therefore, a perfect setting for professional tennis.
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