New ESPN, ATP World Tour TV Agreement Expands Coverage of Indian Wells, Miami & Season-Ending Championship

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New ESPN, ATP World Tour TV Agreement Expands Coverage of Indian Wells, Miami & Season-Ending Championship

TV Schedule for Miami Now includes Both Finals

ESPN3 to Deliver More Action from Every ATP World Tour Masters 1000 & 500 Event


From ESPN: (September 18, 2013) ESPN and the ATP World Tour have finalized a long-term agreement that will expand coverage of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.; Sony Open Tennis in Miami; and the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals currently played in London. More than 44 hours will be aired, including, for the first time, both the women’s and men’s championships from the South Florida event.  Also, more live action from every ATP World Tour Masters 1000 and 500 tournament will be on ESPN3 – totaling up to 1,200 hours annually.


“ESPN is thrilled to expand coverage of three of the biggest events outside the Major Championships – Indian Wells, Miami and the ATP World Tour season finale,” said Jason Bernstein, ESPN senior director, programming & acquisitions who oversees both ESPN3 and ESPN’s tennis business.  “ESPN3 presents more live tennis action than any other U.S. outlet year-round, with multiple simultaneous matches available on broadband and via WatchESPN no matter where you are.”


Mark Young, CEO ATP Americas and Chief Media Officer, said, “We’re delighted to sign this extended agreement with ESPN, paving the way for even greater TV coverage and viewership in the US of our biggest events.  ESPN is a terrific broadcast partner for the ATP and, with more fans tuning into ATP World Tour events than ever before, it’s a very exciting time to be a part of the Tour.”


ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a 24/7 destination that delivers thousands of global sports events annually via WatchESPN.  It is available to 85 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider.  The network is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers connected to on-campus educational networks and on-base military networks.


Indian Wells Tennis Garden Celebrates Topping Out Stadium 2

Mary Roche, Mayor, City of Indian Wells; Steve Simon, Tournament Director, BNP Paribas Open; Raymond Moore, CEO, BNP Paribas Open and Indian Wells Tennis Garden; Jody James Watkins, President and CEO, Watkins Landmark Construction; Dick Oliphant, Owner's Representative.

Mary Roche, Mayor, City of Indian Wells; Steve Simon, Tournament Director, BNP Paribas Open; Raymond Moore, CEO, BNP Paribas Open and Indian Wells Tennis Garden; Jody James Watkins, President and CEO, Watkins Landmark Construction; Dick Oliphant, Owner’s Representative.

Indian Wells, Calif., August 6, 2013 – The final structural beam was placed atop the new Stadium 2 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden (IWTG) on Tuesday in a “topping out” celebration presented by Watkins Landmark Construction. The new stadium is on schedule to be completed in time for the 2014 BNP Paribas Open to be held March 3-16, 2014.

Construction workers, IWTG Staff, members of the design and engineering teams, Watkins Landmark Employees and other dignitaries in attendance signed the 15-foot beam to recognize the hard work and dedication of everyone involved to help this new structure come to fruition. The beam was then hoisted to its final resting place on the top of an elevator shaft on the northeast corner of the stadium. On hand to speak at the ceremony were Raymond Moore, CEO of the BNP Paribas Open and IWTG; Jody James Watkins, President and CEO of Watkins Landmark Construction; and Mary Roche, Mayor of the City of Indian Wells.

“This BNP Paribas Open and Indian Wells Tennis Garden ‘Topping Out’ ceremony is a celebration of the hard work that has been put into getting the structure where it is today,” said Moore. “However, this ceremony is also a landmark in the construction process, signifying that the home stretch is quickly approaching. The new Stadium 2 will be an outstanding facility for our fans come next March, when the tennis stars and fans from around the world descend upon Indian Wells.”

The new Stadium 2 officially broke ground in March during the 2013 BNP Paribas Open, which is currently home to the second-largest tennis stadium in the world. The facility will feature 8,000 seats and space for three restaurants.

This is part of an overall site expansion that also includes a marquee site entrance on Washington Street with a new box office, a new 19,000 square foot shade structure identical to the one built in 2012, four additional practice courts, expansion of the current Miles Street entrance, an upgraded accessible parking area on the north side, an additional grass parking space for up to 2,000 cars and expansion and relocation of the TV Production compound.

“We are so honored to be such a big part of this site expansion,” said Watkins. “This new Stadium 2 is going to add to the already-impressive Indian Wells Tennis Garden and be yet another jewel in the desert.”

Construction of the site expansion is set to finish in time for the 2014 BNP Paribas Open.


Nadal Rallies To Beat Del Potro for Record 22nd Masters Title

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(March 17, 2013) Rafael Nadal rallied past Juan Martin Del Potro to win his third BNP Paribas Open title 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday. For Nadal it’s a record 22nd Masters 1000 title, one better than Roger Federer. Indian Wells is his 53rd ATP title as he notched his 600th win.

Nadal opened the match quickly taking a 3-0 lead in the first set. Del Potro found his game and rallied to take the set 6-4. Del Potro broke Nadal’s serve in the opening game of the second set and looked to take the title. The momentum switched to Nadal as the Spaniard came back from 0-2 to win the set 6-3.

“Then I think Del Potro start to play more aggressive and I lost a little bit my calm,” Nadal said.  “I didn’t make the right thing because I tried to change my direction against his forehand with my forehand in not the right ‑‑ in not a favorable position.  So that produces more mistakes than usual.

“For that reason, I was not able to keep winning games.  He was playing great.  He was playing solid.  I was playing with more mistakes and no chances.  Then I was lucky to have the break back in the second set because the first game of the second set was struggle for me.

“Four mistakes with my forehand, and the last ‑‑ when I had the break back in the second everything changed.  I found the way to win points another time, to be comfortable when the ball is in the middle of the point, know how to play.  And after that break, in my opinion, I played the right tactic another time.

“I waited for the right moment to change against his forehand.”

The third set saw Nadal put even more pressure on the Argentine, breaking him the third game for a 2-1. Del Potro saved three match points while serving  at 3-5, to hold for 4-5 but Nadal sealed the victory in the next game holding easily for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win.

“I think Rafa deserves to win,” said Del Potro. “He plays unbelievable for like an hour there.  The last hour of the match he didn’t make effort.  He played so solid and put me so far to the baseline and make winners from there.

“But I think I made a good tournament anyway, and Rafa played really well today the second and third set.  He broke me early in the third.  Play against him when the score is down is tougher, you know.  But I was fighting all the time but he won in the end.”

Del Potro was asked if he was tired after his three-set win over Novak Djokovic on Saturday.

“I played three sets against Murray then three sets Djokovic,” the Argentine said.  “But the finals are finals.  You know, they are special, and you get the energy from everywhere to play the finals.  I think of course if he had a day off between matches would be fantastic, but Rafa plays yesterday, also.  The conditions are the same for both players.

“I think my body was okay.  Just he played better in the end and he deserved to win.”

Nadal spoke about how emotional this victory was in light of he recent comback to the tour after a seven month hiatus due to a left knee injury:

“A lot of things happened last seven months, to be back here and to have this very heavy trophy with me is amazing, no?  I am winning three straight top 10s, beating the top 5 of the world and No. 4 and not be in the top 4 and you play quarterfinals, no?

“So beating three top 10, three very important players, and win title like this is just something unbelievable for me.  Very, very happy and very emotional.

“When, you know, when you have one comeback like I’m having is, you know, you remember all the low things, lower moments that you had during this seven months, doubts and all these things.

“Hopefully I passed, and just can remember all the people that really helped me a lot during all this time.”

Nadal is now leading the ATP with tournament titles at three and has 17-1 record this year. He is currently on a 14-match win streak. Nadal has withdrawn from the Sony Open in Miami and will be back on tour for the Monte Carlo Masters event in late April.

Nadal apologized about having to miss Miami: “I’m very sorry for the organization of the tournament and I’m very sorry for the fans, but we never thought we’d be able to play all matches possible since I came back.

“The doctors recommend me to be back home for a few weeks and rest a little bit and keep practicing the right way.  You know, I need more power on the left leg quadriceps, so I need to keep working hard.  The competition is hard for the body, so after four fantastic weeks I can’t go to Miami.  I need to prepare and rest for the next one.”



Sharapova Crushes Wozniacki for Second Indian Wells Title

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(March 17, 2013) Maria Sharapova defeated Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-2 to win the BNP Paribas Open, her first title of the year. For Sharapova it her second Indian Wells title, the last one coming in 2006. It’s Sharapova’s 28th career title and first since winning the French Open last year.

Sharapova dictated the match from beginning to end in the 81 minute match. Sharapova compiled 33 winners to a mere two hit by her opponent.

“Of course she was putting pressure on me from the start, ” said Wozniacki.  “She was serving very well.  You know, I felt like everything that she wanted to do today was going in.  I mean, she was making very few errors, and if she did, then it was really at the times where it didn’t really matter.

“You know, I have to say she just played too well today.  You know, I tried.  I tried to do my best out there, but, yeah, it just wasn’t good enough today.”

“The scoreline, you know, looks a lot easier than I think the match actually was, ” Sharapova said.  “I think it was a tough match, a tough battle, and there were a lot of games that went to deuce and a lot of long games.

“You know, they could have easily swung the other way, especially some opportunities she had in that second set.  I always felt like I was always a foot ahead, especially with the breaks.  I was able to serve well today, and that helped me.”

During her run in the tournament Sharapova dropped a total of only 28 games.

Sharapova is now 14-2 on the year and will move up to No. 2 in the world when the rankings come out on Monday, dropping Victoria Azarenka to No. 3. Serena Williams remains at No.1.


More to follow after the news conferences…..


Third Time’s the Charm: Bryan Brothers Capture First Doubles Championship in the Desert

By Jennifer Knapp

Bryan Brothers

(March 17, 2013) – Top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan of the U.S. won their first BNP Paribas Open title on Saturday, defeating the first time pairing of Treat Huey (PHI) and Jerzy Janowicz (POL) 6-3, 3-6, 10-6 in 69 minutes in yet another thriller under the lights at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.


Competing in the desert for the 15th time, the 34-year old twins, needed a super tiebreak to close out the match as Huey and Janowicz proved to be formidable opponents. Each team was only broken one time but in the end, the cohesiveness, experience and advanced skill level of the journeymen Americans proved to be the deciding factor.


After celebrating their 86th title together with a trademark chest bump, the brothers embraced.  Despite all of their success over the years, it was clear to see how much this championship meant to them.


The Bryans, who previously lost the 2003 and 2006 finals, praised Huey and Janowicz, who were playing in their first tournament together as a team,   “We’ve played 3,000 tournaments,” Bob Bryan joked, “and we barely clipped you guys.”


With this latest win, the brothers secured their 22nd Masters Series 1000s and have increased their championship match winning percentage to 66% (86 of 130 finals).

How sweet it is.


Del Potro Upsets Djokovic and Will Meet Nadal in BNP Paribas Open Final


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(March 16, 2013) Juan Martin Del Potro rallied from 0-3 down in the third set to end the 22 match win streak of  No. 1 Novak Djokovic 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 to move into his first BNP Paribas Open final on Saturday.

Serving for the match, Del Potro clinched the victory with an ace to defeat the Serb for only his third time in 11 career meetings in two-hours-and-49-minutes – the longest match of the tennis  tournament. The win also ended a 4 match losing streak to Djokovic.

The last Argentine to reach the Indian Wells final, was Guillermo Vilas in 1977.

Del Potro will be playing No. 5 Rafael Nadal in the final on Sunday at Indian Wells. Nadal defeated Tomas Berdych 6-4, 7-4 earlier in the day.

Del Potro credited his third set comeback to the fans. “I think the crowd help me to keep fighting and to come back in the 3rd set,” Del Potro said on court after the match.

“I was doing a very good match until the third set, but Novak had the chance to beat me when I was 3‑Love, Del Potro said later in a post-match news conference.

“But I come back soon, and that give me a little confidence to come back in that set.

“Then also the crowd want to watch more tennis and help me to play my best tennis in the end, and I think it was my best match in this tournament, for sure.”


“His fighting spirit and my lack of concentration,” Djokovic told media were the reasons for the turnaround after leading 3-0 in the final set.  “I just ‑‑ I didn’t deserve to win today.  You know, whenever I had chances, second, third set, I throw them away with some unforced errors.  My movement was poor, and I congratulate to my opponent.”

“I never think about my yesterday match, Del Potro said about his win over Andy Murray in the quarterfinals.  Djokovic is completely different player.  He’s the No. 1 and always is a big challenge against him.

“I was so close to lose because he got the chance to beat me, but I think I got lucky in very important moments, very important points when I made a fantastic winners on my forehands.

“Also good aces, and that’s help me to go through.

Djokovic on Del Potro’s game:”He has a big serve; he moves around the court very well for his height; he uses that forehand as a great weapon, you know.  Great running forehand, so he’s opening that side.

“I didn’t use my backhand along the line as I usually do.  It’s one of my best shots.  Today I just wasn’t there.  My backhand generally wasn’t there.  It’s okay, you know.  It happens.  It’s sport, and I just didn’t make it this time.”

Del Potro’s use of the slice proved to be very effective in this match and in the tournament. “I use it a lot, because that help me to play more aggressive with my forehand and trying to do different things, Del Potro said.  “That help me to beat Murray yesterday; today Nole.

“I don’t know if I’m going to use tomorrow against Rafa because he’s lefty and he move really, really fast in the baseline.

“But what I know about him is playing more aggressive than today, trying to make a few winners with my forehands, coming a lot to the net, and I need to serve well also.”

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Rafael Nadal beat Tomas Berdych 6-4, 7-5 to gain his fourth berth in the BNP Paribas Open final. Nadal is now 16-1 in his comeback from a left knee injury since taking a seven month hiatus off the tennis tour, including a current 13 match win streak.

“It’s very, very difficult to imagine something like this. But here we are today, and very happy about all what happened the last month, especially last three weeks,” said Nadal, who took out No. 2 Roger Federer in straight sets in the quarterfinals.

“So coming back is certainly something amazing for me, totally unexpected, and I received more support than ever from the crowd every place that I played.  That’s always a very, very special feeling.  Thank you very much, all the people.

“I am enjoying, sure.  Every match means a lot to me.  Every time I am able to come back on court and play these kind of matches makes me very happy.”

“I don’t have nothing to lose after seven months. I did much more than what I dreamed.”

Nadal will be seeking his third Indian Wells title.

“He looks strong again,” Berdych said. “He still play very aggressive, and what he was missing in his first matches when he come back after the injury was maybe a bit of confidence in his game, but definitely not today and not anymore.”

“When it was 5-3 ( in the second set) since that time I serve only one first serve and he serve only one second serve,” Berdych said. “Actually, that was the difference.”

“I was very nervous at the end of the match to close the match and was lucky that my serve worked amazing in the last game in important moments,” Nadal  said. “Victories like today, like the other day, helps you a lot for the confidence and to remember all the things that you have to do in every moment.”

Nadal holds a 7-3 head-to-head record versus the Argentine.

In order for Del Potro to win Sunday’s final, Del Potro explained that everything has to be “perfect.” “ It’s the final against Rafa.  For sure I need to play better and better every day.  All finals are special to play.

“Also when you play the top guys, they are the favorites, but I will try to do my game like just like today and then see if Rafa give me a little chance to win.”


BNP Paribas Open – Friday Results, Saturday Schedule

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Indian Wells, CA, USA
March 6-17, 2013

Results – Friday, March 15, 2013
WTA Singles – Semifinals
(2) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. (13) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 64 63
(8) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. (4) Angelique Kerber (GER) 26 64 75

ATP Singles – Quarterfinals
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) d [8] J Tsonga (FRA) 63 61
[7] J Del Potro (ARG) d [3] A Murray (GBR) 67(5) 63 61

Doubles – Semi-finals
T Huey (PHI) / J Janowicz (POL) d A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) 75 16 12-10


STADIUM 1 start 12:00 noon
[6] T Berdych (CZE) vs [5] R Nadal (ESP) – ATP
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs [7] J Del Potro (ARG) – ATP

Not Before 3:00PM
[3] N Petrova (RUS) / K Srebotnik (SLO) vs [4] E Makarova (RUS) / E Vesnina (RUS) – WTA

Not Before 4:00PM
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs T Huey (PHI) / J Janowicz (POL) – ATP


Djokovic Win Streak Up to 22 with Win Over Tsonga


(March 15, 2013) No. 1 Novak Djokovic extended his win streak to 22 on Friday with a defeat of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for 8th straight time, 6-3, 6-1 to advance to the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open.

The last time Djokovic lost was back on October 31 to American Sam Querrey at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris. The Serb is 17-0 this year with two titles including the Australian Open.

Djokovic broke Tsonga’s serve four times during the 54 minutes match. The Frenchman is now 0-11 against the world’s top 5 since November 2011.

“I served really well and used the shots around the court well, and that’s what matters for me,” Djokovic said.

“Things went well from the start.  You know, it was quite different conditions from that previous match when I played at night and was much slower.  Today was a hotter day obviously, and the ball’s going through the air much faster.  That required a big focus and adjustment steps before every point and every shot.

“I thought I did well.  I was in the balance.  I returned well when I needed to.  He made a lot of unforced errors, which obviously helped me to get in front.

“When it was important, I didn’t allow him to come back to the match.  I didn’t allow him to have an opportunity to believe that he can maybe have a break back and get back into the match.

“So that was very important for me to stay mentally, you know, committed throughout the whole match.

“Was tough for me to keep the ball in the court, said Tsonga.  “Not because he put me a lot of pressure.

“I don’t know.  Just because it was ‑‑ I don’t know.  I don’t know how to explain that, but it was a day for me without sensation.  Everything I tried to do, I missed it, and not about a point like this.  In the match you have many, many points.”

Djokovic will play the winner of Andy Murray versus Juan Martin Del Potro match.


BNP Paribas Open – Thursday Results, Friday Schedule

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Indian Wells, CA, USA
March 6-17, 2013

Results – Thursday, March 14, 2013
WTA Singles – Quarterfinals
(8) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. (1) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) w/o (right ankle injury)
(4) Angelique Kerber (GER) d. (7) Samantha Stosur (AUS) w/o (right calf injury)

WTA Doubles – Semifinals
(3) Petrova/Srebotnik (RUS/SLO) d. Hsieh/Peng (TPE/CHN) 62 62
(4) Makarova/Vesnina (RUS/RUS) d. Date-Krumm/Dellacqua (JPN/AUS) 46 76(4) 108 (Match TB)

ATP Singles – Quarter-finals
[5] R Nadal (ESP) d [2] R Federer (SUI) 64 62
[6] T Berdych (CZE) d K Anderson (RSA) 64 64

ATP Doubles – Semi-finals
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) 64 46 11-9


STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
T Huey (PHI) / J Janowicz (POL) vs A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) – ATP

Not Before 1:30 PM
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs [8] J Tsonga (FRA) – ATP

Not Before 3:30 PM
[3] A Murray (GBR) vs [7] J Del Potro (ARG) – ATP

Not Before 6:30 PM
[8] C Wozniacki (DEN) vs [4] A Kerber (GER) – WTA

Not Before 8:30 PM
[13] M Kirilenko (RUS) vs [2] M Sharapova (RUS) – WTA


Nadal Tops Federer to Move into Semis of Indian Wells


(March 14, 2013)  In the 29th edition of the rivalry which dates back to when they first met in Miami in 2004, Rafael Nadal defeated Roger Federer 6-4, 6-2 to move into the semifinals of the BNP Paris Open on Thursday.

In the first set both men stayed even until the seventh game when Nadal broke Federer on a backhand crosscourt passing shot winner to go up a break 4-3. Federer had been struggling to hold his serve until Nadal broke him in the second game.

Nadal threatened to break Federer again in the ninth game, but Federer held off two set points to hold for 4-5. Nadal served out the first set 6-4.

In the first set Nadal  had an 82% first serve percentage versus Federer with 70%. Nadal had 8 errors to Federer’s 16 in the 47 minute first set.

A telling statistic from the first set – Nadal lead Federer in groundstroke winners 11-1.

Nadal opened the second set with a break at love and broke a sluggish Federer again in the third game for a 3-0, two break lead.  Federer had been suffering with back issues during the tournament. Federer showed some signs of life by breaking the Spaniard for the first time in the match to get to 1-3 in the second set.

A Federer hold made it 3-2 Nadal. Nadal kept in front by a break holding at 30 for 4-2 and broke Federer again for a 5-2 lead.

Nadal served out the match at love to win 6-4, 6-2 to move into the semifinals where he’ll play Tomas Berdych next.

In the end Nadal was just too powerful from the baseline winning 57 points from there to Federer’s 25. Nadal committed a mere 13 unforced errors to Federer’s 30.

“I played great the first set,” Nadal said.  “I played a fantastic first set, in my opinion.  The second set was strange.  The second set I think Roger didn’t fight as usual.  Probably he had some problems and he didn’t feel enough comfortable to keep fighting.”

Federer was asked about his back injury: “Same as against Stan.  I mean, I could play.  I’m happy to be out there and able to compete, you know.

“But it’s obviously a small issue.  That doesn’t work against guys like Rafa, obviously.”

Federer continued: “Hanging in there in the first set, so you always believe that with a good return game, and, you know, I dug myself out of a couple of tough service games, that I could do it, you know.

“The longer the match went on, I realized I had to change up my game.  I played differently than I was hoping to be able to.  Obviously he got more comfortable as the match went on, as well.  Things became difficult.

“Obviously once I was down a set I knew it was going to be difficult.”

“After seven months away, I am very happy to be in the semi-finals here,” Nadal said on court after the win.

“For me, just to be back in the competition is fantastic. I had matches in the Latin American clay court season, now I’m here for first time in seven months on a hard court tournament, so very happy to be in semifinal, no?”

“I don’t think Roger felt 100 percent tonight. Always it is a very, very special match against Roger, the best player in history. I feel like it is a classic match whenever we play.”

This is Nadal’s  first hard court event since his returning to the tennis tour last month after a seven month hiatus due to a left knee injury.  His first hard court tournament in 11 months. Nadal is now 15-1 in 2013, and is currently on a 12 match win streak.

Nadal spoke about his performance during the match: “What pleased me most was my movement tonight was much better than yesterday.  I played longer than yesterday.  I had good feeling on my forehand, even if I had few mistakes with my backhand in the second set.  The match became a little bit strange in the second.

“But in the first set I played very well with my backhand.  That give a lot of points for me in the final of Acapulco.

“Sometimes today I am not able to play all the shots with my forehand that I used to be because I am not that fast yet to do it.  That’s why the backhand today is very important for my game.

“So if I am able to hit well, like I did in the first set, you know, a lot of opportunities open for me in my game because I can hit cross.  If my cross backhand goes close to the line then I have the rest of the court for my forehand, and that’s a big advantage.

“Today that makes a big difference in my game.”

Nadal was asked about his next opponent Berdych.

He’s playing better and better every year, ” said Nadal.  He played final in Marseilles, final in Dubai, and now he’s semifinals here without losing a set.

“He’s doing great.  We’ll see.  I gonna try my best.  I gonna try to keep playing well and try to fight as I did today, as I did yesterday, and we’ll see if I am able to compete well and enjoy another match.

“Every match is fantastic for me to have the chance to keep playing, and I gonna enjoy the match against another top, top player.  Will be another important test for me, and I gonna enjoy.”

Nadal has now improved his record against Federer to 19-10. Should Andy Murray advance to the final, he would leapfrong Federer into the No. 2 spot.