This week the tour moved to the Pacific Life Open: Indian Wells. There was quite a lot of success by the Spaniards, and since theres quite a big field here, many Spanish players were able to contest the event. Any Spaniard seeded above 32 also got a first round bye, which was a big help.
Guillermo Garcia Lopez got as far as he was expected to. In the first round he beat Sergio Roitman 6-1 6-4, but then lost to world number 1 Roger Federer 6-3 6-2. Nicolas Almagro on the other hand was rather disappointing this week after his brilliant results in the clay court swing in Latin America, losing his only match here to Nicolas Mahut 7-6 6-2.
Tommy Robredo has been in some disappointing form recently, but he had a decent showing here. After a first round bye, he had a tough 3 setter against Nicolas Massu of Chile, but Tommy provailed 6-4 3-6 7-6. However he could not overcome Ivan Ljubicic, who beat Tommy easily, 6-3 6-4. Fernando Verdasco also did well this week, beating Victor Hanescu 4-6 6-4 6-3, but then losing to an in form Tommy Haas 7-6 4-6 6-1.
Albert Montanes was also disappointing, losing to Hanescu 1-6 6-4 6-4.
Juan Carlos Ferrero was very impressive this week. In the second round he provailed over Thomas Johansson 6-4 6-4. And then in what was a very tight matchup, JC came back from match point down to beat Mario Ancic 7-5 4-6 7-6. Ancic's style of play isn't usually compatible with Ferrero's, but Ferrero seems to know how to beat Ancic, with a 3-0 head to head. However, Ferrero could not repeat a brillaint performance in Melbourne against Nalbandian, with Nalbandian winning 6-2 6-2. It's reported that Ferrero had a groin injury of some sort, which might explain the loss. A 4th round appearance was still an excellent result from Juan Carlos. Oscar Hernandez also suffered a first round loss to Ernests Gulbis 6-2 6-1.
Fifth seed, David Ferrer was very surprising this week. He beat Olivier Rochus easily 6-2 6-2in the 2nd round, but couldn't beat Hyung Taik Lee, losing 7-6 6-7 7-6 in a very tight match. Lee is an excellent player, and can threaten anyone when he's in good form. Carlos Moya managed to upset local Robby Ginepri 2-6 6-2 6-4, but lost to another American in James Blake, 6-3 6-4. Feliciano Lopez lost his 2nd round match to Donald Young which is very very surprising, going down 6-4 6-7 6-2. And not surprisingly, the 2nd seed, Rafael Nadal also had a brilliant tournament, proceeding to the semi-finals. In the second round, Nadal won over Santiago Giraldo 6-3 6-3, then he beat Donald Young 6-1 6-3. Then the test came against Jo Wilfried Tsonga, but Nadal emerged as the winner this time (in Indian Wells there were some rematches of Melbourne, and these turned out to have the opposite result), and he beat Tsonga 6-7 7-6 7-5. Nadal also struggled against local favourite James Blake, but he won 7-5 3-6 6-3. However Nadal could not beat Novak Djokovic, who has been in terrific form, going down 6-3 6-2.
Regardless, this week was a pretty solid week for the Spaniards. Hopefully they can do just as well in the Miami masters next week.
Until then, Adios Amigos!