Indian Wells suffer Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic gaffe | Tennis | Sport


The men’s singles draw was made on Tuesday night as Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal headline the week’s main attractions.

The draw pits a potential semi-final showdown between long-time rivals Federer and Nadal, who are on the same side in what will be 2019’s first Masters 1000. 

But the tournament’s official account managed to get the pair mixed up, suggesting that instead it is Nadal and Djokovic are in the same half.

They wrote: “Potential #BNPPO19 quarterfinals:

“Djokovic vs. Thiem

“Nadal vs. Inser

“Zverev vs. Anderson

“Federer vs. Nishikori.”

And while those are the correct potential last-eight ties, it is Federer and Nadal in one half and Djokovic and Zverev in the other among the top-four seeds.

Indian Wells also managed to misspell Nadal’s potential quarter-final opponent John Isner’s name in a double error.

But fans on Twitter were quick to point out the wrong-doing.

In response, one fan said: “You need to delete this.”

Another joked: “Has Tommy Haas made the executive decision to give Roger the #2 seed and downgrade Rafa to #3? Because otherwise Rafa and Novak cannot land in the same half.”

“Who is Inser?” laughed another.

One fan said: “Huh this halves aren‘t possible.”

One more replied: “Nadal and Djokovic can’t stay in the same half.”

All of the big three of Djokovic, Federer and Nadal have been given byes into the second round.

Djokovic and Federer are both vying for a sixth success in California, with Nadal looking for what would be his fourth triumph at this tournament.

World No 1 and top seed Djokovic won three Indian Wells three times from 2014 to 2016 but suffered a fourth-round exit in 2017 and then lost his opening match to qualifier Taro Daniel – ranked 109th in the world at the time – last year.

The Serbian has since recovered from injury to get back to his best and has won all of the last three available Grand Slams, including January’s Australian Open with a straight-sets victory over Nadal.

This is his first event since then and the 17-time major champion’s blistering form sees him tipped to come out on top here.

He will only have to play either of Federer or Nadal in a potential final, but is projected to face Nick Kyrgios, Marco Cecchinato, Dominic Thiem and world No 4 Zverev in the build up to the championship match.

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