The Big Four of men's tennis were all at it on the same day and the same place Wednesday. Fans at Indian Wells, for the BNP Paribas Open, undoubtedly were looking for excellence and dominance.
From, in order of ranking,
Djokovic played the final night match against 6-foot-9 serving tower Isner. He got one break at 3-3 in the first set, and that's usually enough, because Isner wins his return games at a horrid 6% rate.
But Isner didn't yield in the second set until he hit long on Djokovic's second match point in a tiebreaker. The final score was 6-4, 7-6 (7).
Murray had started the Big Four march with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over
"I thought I did a good job against a tough opponent," Murray said.
Federer, 33 and winner of a record 17 major tournaments, was challenged by a young U.S. player, 22-year-old Jack Sock, who was on his deepest run ever in a Masters 1000 Series event. Sock had referred to Federer Tuesday as a "walking legend," and he got a good taste of that legend in a 6-3, 6-2 loss.
"I played a clean match," Federer said. "I think I served great, also returned well."
Nadal beat another Frenchman,
"I'm happy the way I played," he said. "It was an important victory for me, for sure."