Nadal will play???? I heard he would skip Indian Wells...
Nadal had denied that rumour, then he played great in the Acapulco final, "one of the greatest matches of his carreer" according to him (and according to me as well from my TV set he was huge in his strokes from both backhand and forehand), and he confirmed he would play Indian Wells.
He also played an exho against Del Po on monday just arriving from Acapulco, and he played well (lost 7-6 6-4).
We will see, he may be a little bit rusty but he looks great.
Personally I still prefer drawing him than Berdych : against Nadal in recent years Federer has always played well except one match in Miami, whereas he seems to have a big mental problem against Berdych.
And I'm happy that Fed didn't draw Murray's semi.
The one I don't like here is Denis Istomin probably in first round, he returned Fed's serve very well in the Olympics and he was in good form recently. He was my third worst choice for a first round. This surface is at a perfect pace for him and he defeated Ferrer in this tournament last year. I'm not a fan of Benneteau in second round either but on this surface and with the wind I think he could be less dangerous than indoors, but well, it's a second round ...
The third round might well be against Wawrinka ... not pleasant matches usually Stan has the game to trouble Fed when on his game and Fed often has to rely on his mental lapses ...
What I don't like either is that Berdych has an easy draw : he could get a lot of ATP points here once again, and he's the danger with Ferrer and in a lesser extent Nadal and Del Po, for the top-4 seed for the US Open.