Ana Night Like This
Ana Ivanovic's run of bad luck continues. Playing "the best tennis [she] probably played in a very, very long time," Ivanovic got off to a great start against Maria Sharapova Friday night. But a glute strain (initially reported as a hip injury) started hampering her movement halfway through the first set and Sharapova gradually took over the match. Ivanovic requested a medical timeout, explaining later that she could not push off the ground on her serve or backhand. The Serbian tried a few more games, called for her coach, and eventually crossed the net to concede the match, choking back tears while she made a quick exit.
Taking it on the Chin
The second-seeded doubles team of Daniel Nestor and Max Mirnyi took on all
Eventually, Mirnyi tried blasting right through the Americans, but Querrey has quick hands and the "underdogs" took out the second-seeded Mirnyi/Nestor, 6-4, 6-2. They'll meet 2010 winners, Nadal and Marc Lopez in the Final tomorrow.
Nadal isn't the only one licking his lips at the prospect of a 28th meeting with rival Roger Federer. Just imagine how thrilled the tournament organizers are that both men won their quarterfinals Friday! While Nadal holds an 18-9 lead in their career head-to-head, Federer has been on a tear, going 16-2 this year (one of the losses was to Nadal in Australia), after closing out 2011 with three consecutive titles, including at the ATP World Tour Finals. After a quiet finish to 2011, Nadal was the Australian Open Runner-up this year, and has been playing well here in Indian Wells. This one looks like a toss-up. Either way, as Nadal acknowledged, "Always are special matches... I am playing probably against the best of the history."
Looking forward to a great weekend of tennis, all we need now is for the weather to cooperate!
You can see more of Jason's photos from Friday HERE