The Californian desert, fertile ground in recent seasons for the reign of Novak Djokovic , welcomes the launch of the 1000 Masters tournament in Indian Wells, which takes place under the impact of the tenística news of the year, positive for doping of Russian Maria Sharapova . The event, Rafael Nadal faces as a new turning point in this stage of his career is full of inducements and absences, but Sharapova’s confession share the spotlight with what happens on the court in the coming days. Much of the best players on the circuit, both male and female, meet for ten days in cement installations Indian Wells Tennis Garden. A pint of competition with each edition Grand Slam that exceeds a striking record of spectators. The tournament, which last year surpassed tracking even at Roland Garros, is a challenge for Djokovic, who intends to keep the abusive mood of recent courses. Aspira the Balkan their fifth title; the third row. However, the 2016 edition which starts on Wednesday not cover the same end of the last two years. Which faced the tennis player from Belgrade with Swiss Roger Federer and with the same result. The Swiss tennis player, contained in the honor of the tournament with four trophies and these two lost finals, tops the list of illustrious absences. Federer will not be in Indian Wells. Neither the Spanish David Ferrer , eighth in the world and Tommy Robredo , the Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis , Croatian Ivo Karlovic and Jerzy Janowicz. In the women, the absence of capital letters is Maria Sharapova. The former number one, who won the tournament twice, 2006 and 2013, had already been sidelined with a sprained left forearm. Now also expected ban after failing a control during the Australia Open. She herself announced it Monday at a press conference in Los Angeles. In return, the Californian desert welcomes Argentine Juan Martin del Potro , back to racing after eleven months away from the slopes by a wrist injury. The tennis player from Tandil, finalist in 2013, enjoy one of the invitations organization. The lack of Federer clears the picture of Andy Murray , who never won the crown. He came close in 2009, but as the Argentine was beaten by Spanish Rafael Nadal.
Djokovic and Murray, one and two in the world, come to Indian Wells reinforced by their leadership role with Serbia and Britain in the respective Davis Cup. Both met the target and led their teams to the quarterfinals. The physical state of Serbia is in question. The winner in Doha and Australia Open retired in the quarterfinals of Dubai for eye problems. Davis, before Kei Nishikori , needed five hours and five sets to get out of that commitment. Indian Wells show the state of Rafael Nadal, a quarter-finalist last year. The Spanish tennis player, fifth in the world, which emerged victorious in 2007, 2009 and 2013 and was a finalist in 2011, reaches the Californian desert hoping to reach the necessary impetus to return to his best level. Doha finalist and semifinalist in Rio and Buenos Aires, Nadal faces a new attempt. After the disappointment Australia Open the rest of the course is a challenge for the Spaniard. No comes at a good time at the Spanish Masters 1000 first course. It has failed to continue the improvement that showed in the final stretch last year. And it has been vulnerable even on land.