Novak Djokovic wants to do something Roger Federer has NEVER done at Indian Wells | Tennis | Sport


That is the view of former British star Greg Rusedski.

Djokovic and Federer have both won in Indian Wells five times and should they progress through their respective draws, could meet in the final.

Djokovic is playing in his first event since winning the Australian Open in January while Federer made history as he won his 100th career title last week in Dubai.

And Rusedski believes Djokovic will be returning to tennis with two major goals in mind.

Rusedski said on Amazon Prime: “Djokovic wants to win this first six times, something Federer hasn’t done.

“Both men have won it on five occasions here in Indian Wells and 33 Masters Series titles sounds exceptionally good.

“Roger has just made the 100 marker and Novak wants to make the 100 marker in titles as well.

“He is motivated and he loves playing in the desert. I saw him playing in the doubles with [Fabio] Fognini and he looked fabulous.

“He is focused and he is ready. Yes, you’d like to see the coach here but if he is comfortable and confident, he’s a hard man to stop.”

Rusedski’s fellow analyst former WTA star Daniela Hantuchova, hailed Djokovic’s decision to feature in the doubles.

She said on Amazon Prime: “I thought that was a smart decision.

“It’s what a lot of the top players do here because it is so beautiful to come here.

“He hasn’t played for such a long time and the conditions are completely different to anything he has experienced in the last few weeks.

“He looked really sharp on the court.”


First Round – Bye

Second Round – Bjorn Fratangelo

Third Round – Nick Kyrgios

Fourth Round – Marco Cecchinato

Quarter Final – Dominic Thiem

Semi Final – Alexander Zverev

Final – Rafael Nadal

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