One of the premier tennis tournaments of the year finished with some superb play, at least by 3 of the final 4.
Pennetta Beats Radwanska
On the Women’s side of things, the 20th seeded Flavia Pennetta upended 2nd seeded Agnieszka Radwanska in a surprisingly easy 6-2;6-1 victory.
The 32 year old had a simply magnificent tournament, beating Sloan Stephens, Li Na and Radwanska in consecutive matches to claim her tenth career title and first of the new year. “At this tournament last year, I was thinking I could not play anymore,” Pennetta said. “After so many years working hard this is the best. Didn’t expect it the beginning of the week being in the final, and here I am holding the trophy.”
Radwanska was battling injuries but was simply outplayed. The injuries aren’t a valid excuse for her loss, though it is fair to say it would have probably been a bit more competitive had she had been completely healthy. In any event, Radwanska failed to earn her 14th career title.
Djokovic vs. Federer
On the Men’s side, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer battled in yet another tight and extremely polished match.
As written in the preview article, all signs seemed to indicate a tough fight between the two was on the way, and that it indeed was what happened. Like many of their recent matches, there was a split set victory (with Roger winning the first set 6-3), as well as a tiebreak third set which culminated in a 7-3 finish in favor of Novak.
In classic Djokovic fashion, he rebounded from early slip-ups to rally and earn himself his third title at Indian Wells. Again, as was mentioned earlier on the site, he cannot really be counted out of a match until he loses the last point. He proved that analysis to be absolutely true. No matter how the early parts of the match goes, nine out of ten times he will recover and drastically improve his game before the end of the match.
His victory over Federer brought him one more victory away from tying up the historical record between the two by bringing his victory total to 16 compared to Fed’s 17.