Over the past 15 years, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have cast one of many best rivalries in tennis historical past, battling for quite a few notable titles and sharing many information that may take some beating. Their first ATP ultimate got here in Indian Wells 2007, as an overture for all the things that will come sooner or later.
Establishing himself within the top-20 by the top of 2006, Novak Djokovic set excessive objectives forward of the brand new season, kicking off the motion with the Adelaide title and the Australian Open fourth spherical. The Serb misplaced to Mikhail Youzhny and Roger Federer earlier than Indian Wells, the place he achieved the perfect consequence on the Masters 1000 collection after reaching the ultimate.
The 19-year-old ousted Robby Ginepri, Evgeny Korolev, Julien Benneteau and David Ferrer in straight units to safe the assembly along with his good friend and coeval Andy Murray.
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal set the title conflict in Indian Wells 2007.
As a substitute of an entertaining encounter between two upcoming stars, the gang acquired a brief battle and nearly no motion, with Novak beating Andy 6-2, 6-3 in simply over an hour.
On the earlier night time, Murray needed to keep on the courtroom for nearly three hours in opposition to Tommy Haas, prevailing within the deciding tie break and twisting his ankle to plague his probabilities in opposition to the Serb. Novak secured 5 breaks to have the higher hand from begin to end, staying targeted and marching into essentially the most important ultimate of his younger profession.
After the match, Novak admitted he didn’t watch the opposite semi-final between Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick, heading to the apply courtroom as an alternative. Djokovic was keen to indicate his finest tennis in opposition to the Spaniard within the title conflict, not seeing any purpose to be scared and simply desirous to compete on a excessive stage in opposition to world no.
2. “I didn’t watch Rafael Nadal in opposition to Andy Roddick, possibly solely the primary couple of factors earlier than I went to apply. They completed shortly; it was a quick match. I understand how Nadal performs; I am acquainted with his recreation.
I couldn’t end that Roland Garros encounter in opposition to Rafa final 12 months, however I might take away some constructive issues. Additionally, I am studying one thing from each match in opposition to a rival like him. I am feeling fairly assured and cozy on the courtroom proper now.
We are going to see what’s going to occur; I’ll exit and attempt to win. I don’t see any purpose to be scared or assume I’ve one thing to lose; I’ll attempt to play my finest tennis. Nadal is a good competitor and a tough participant to battle in opposition to.
He likes the surfaces as a result of it bounces so much, making it excellent for his heavy spins. He likes to play lengthy matches beneath the solar, and I can’t change the actual fact the ultimate begins at midday,” Novak Djokovic mentioned.