Federer d. Isner, 7-6 6-3
A Feddy-spaghetti moment after he defeats Isner. When the confetti was thrown over the court, Fed reacted by saying “I’m trying to get out of the spaghetti here.”
Fed won his 4th Indian Wells title, his first IW title since 2006. Unlike last year, he’s started the year very strongly with 3 titles and he’s currently leading the YTD rankings. Fed came into the tourny with a virus, yet he scraped his way past Raonic, then steam-rolled DelPo (*still sobbing*), before pulling an upset over Rafa and then lastly, defeating the player who had defeated no. 1, Djokovic.
One of Fed’s twin daughters was with Mirka, clapping for Fed at the end. In the video clip, Fed’s daughter does not seem too impressed, but she also looks like she have been cold in the rainy conditions 😦 Still, she raised her baby hands to applaud for her papa.
In his presser, Fed had a smart reply to those predicting GS glory for him this year. He tempered down those expectations and said his biggest goal for the year was to win an Olympic Gold Medal in the singles competition. He said he would choose that over a Slam.
He also cautioned journos against short-termism and recency biases. I love when players dish out the criticisms of the journos who too often engage in flavor-of-the-month carnivals.
In the doubles final,
Nadal/Lopez d. Isner/Querrey — Team Cute Wins!!
I haven’t yet found the ceremony clips from this match, but apparently there was one instance where Rafa tried, as he did before, to have Marc give an English speech. This year, Marc avoided Rafa’s “advice” and spoke in Spanish instead. Here is the clip of that:
This is Marc-Rafa’s 2nd Masters doubles title at Indian Wells. Rafa’s a very accomplished doubles player (when he’s not being a top singles player, not playing near-pro level golf, not owning his friends at Playstation soccer, and not-etc.) I’m sure the tourny-owner Larry Ellison was pleased to have Rafa & Marc take the trophy this year.
Mr. Ellison’s younger female friend was wearing a Rafa jacket with a Roger Federer hat. There were alleged reports that the female friend started to admire her jacquet as Rafa made his winner’s speech. That seems a little weird. Still, she’s a more determined Rafa fan than tothers, who weakly crossed over to the other side during the match.
In any case, it was a success for Fed in singles and for Rafa in doubles! The great majority or players more or less played to their rankings, until they bowed out at the last hurdle or kept charging ahead, as Isner did when he beat Djokovic.
Meanwhile, DelPo’s been working on his bicycle kick in the grass. Maybe he plans to take Miami up by storm this year and he’s getting down on the grass in order to train. Here is the bicycle kick that will hopefully start revolutions.
Beware! Beware of fallen timber that is just bending itself before bouncing straight up!