Saturday, March 15, 2014

2014 INDIAN WELLS: Finals are Pennetta-Radwanska, Federer-Djokovic XXXIII

The finals of Indian Wells 2014 are set and almost all the big names on the women's side have departed, with the final to be contested between Agnieska Radwanska and Flavia Pennetta. Pennetta had one of the biggest upsets of the year when she beat top seed Li Na in straight sets.
Both semifinals results were surprising, with Radwanska getting revenge on her loss to Simona Halep in Doha. Interestingly, Radwanska leads Pennetta 4-2 in their head-to-head but the Italian beat the Pole in Dubai in straight sets. So, in order to win the title at Indian Wells Radwanska would have to reverse a second recent defeat. I believe she will do so. MadProfessah's pick: Radwanska.

On the men's side, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will face off in their thirty-third match of their careers and second time in 2014. Federer currently leads the head-to-head 17-15 and beat Djokovic a few weeks ago in the semifinals of the Dubai tournament. Federer has won the tournament four times and Djokovic has won the tournament twice. Their match on Sunday should be very close but I'll give a slight edge to a resurgent Federer, who is playing some of his best tennis, against his higher ranked opponent who is not.
MadProfessah's pick: Federer.

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