Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep walked away with the BNP Paribas Open titles in Indian Wells this past weekend, capturing the first of the back-to-back hardcourt Masters Series titles in California.
The top-ranked Djokovic defeated world No. 2 Roger Federer in three sets 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-2 in the final to capture his fourth Indian Wells title and 50th career singles title. The win takes Djokovic past his coach Boris Becker, who has 49 titles, on the all-time list. Djokovic is now 18-20 against Federer in their head-to-head.
Rafael Nadal was beaten in the quarter-finals by Canada’s Milos Raonic, who scored his first win over the Spaniard winning 4-6, 7-6(10), 7-5 before going down to Federer in the last four. Britain’s Andy Murray was the other semi-finalist, going down to Djokovic in the semis. Bernard Tomic, Feliciano Lopez and Tomas Berdych also reached the quarter-finals.
Meanwhile, Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock won their third doubles title as a team with a win over Italians Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-7(3), 10-7 in the final. The North American duo defeated the Bryan Brothers in the quarter-finals earlier.
In the women’s event, Romania’s Simona Halep defeated former World No. 1 Jelena Jankovic 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 to win her biggest title yet. The win also moves Halep ahead of Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova on the Road To Singapore leaderboard.
The tournament turned out to be quite the anti-climax for Serena Williams. The American who came back to Indian Wells for the first time in 14 years after being booed by the crowd in 2001, was forced to pull out of the semi-finals against Halep due to a knee injury. The doubles title was won by India’s Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis, who won their debut tournament together, beating Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 6-3, 6-4 in the final. The win also moves Mirza up to No. 3 in the rankings.
On the men’s side, Djokovic holds on to the top spot and now has a nearly 4,000 point lead over No. 2 ranked Federer. The only change in the Top 10 sees David Ferrer climb one spot to No. 7 in the rankings, swapping places with Stan Wawrinka who drops to No. 8.
There is no change in the women’s Top 10 this week with Serena Williams continuing to lead the way ahead of Maria Sharapova and Halep. Jelena Jankovic is the only major mover in the rankings this week, climbing four spots to No. 17 for reaching the final.
In the women’s doubles rankings, Errani and Vinci, who have recently split, continue to hold on to their top spot ahead of Mirza, who is now at a career-best No. 3 while Hingis climbs 2 spots to move back into the Top 5.