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Six years have passed since Roger Federer celebrated at the final match in Indian Wells.
On Sunday, he celebrated another BNP Paribas Open title.
"He's won pretty much everything in tennis at least twice," a tournament coordinator said during the final ceremony, "and this will be his fourth time."
The Swiss master defeated American John Isner in a one-hour-and-21-minute straight-sets match, 7-6 (7), 6-3.
Isner was coming off a match where he upset world No.1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals. Upsetting a big seed wasn't something new to the 26-year-old American this season. Last month, Isner defeated Federer in four sets on Federer's home clay during Davis Cup play in Switzerland.
On Sunday, Isner blazed some strong serves but Federer just barely missed.
Federer has plenty of experience in ATP World Tour Master 1000 matches. This was his 19th such title.
Isner was going for his first.
While the first set was a grueling "don't-break-serve" set, the second set was dominated by Federer. Isner's first service points won dropped by about 10 percent. In the second set, Federer won 63 percent of the points. Isner won just 37 percent.
The 2012 BNP Paribas Open title his Federer's 73rd career singles title.
During the ceremony, Isner thanked his parents and girlfriend for making the trip to support him and praised the tournament put on by Larry Ellison that gives out $1 million to the winner.
"This, in my opinion, is the best tournament all year long," Isner said. "I'm very happy to have played well all week."
But the victory for Federer wouldn't be something if it wasn't a record. His win on Sunday ties him with Rafael Nadal for the most career ATP World Tour Master 1000 titles.
"It's surprising," Federer said about his fourth title. "I didn't really feel good at the beginning but that's just how tennis goes. At the end I played some of the best tennis in my life. It was a great atmosphere again all week long. It makes me really happy. Being the best like this makes me really happy."
As for his return to No. 1:
"It's a long-term goal obviously being ranked in the top 5, you have shot at being No. 1," Federer said. "For the moment, Djokovic is still the best player."
The 2012 BNP Paribas Open held the final match in the women's competition in Indian Wells on Sunday. The highly-anticipated match pitted the No. 1- and No. 2-ranked women's singles players in the world against one another, as top player Victoria Azarenka went up against Maria Sharapova. In the end, the match was anticlimactic, as Sharapova was thoroughly overwhelmed. Azarenka absolutely demolished her opponent in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3.
Azarenka's year is already off to a historically hot start. The world's No. 1 player has begun 2012 with 23 straight wins, which is the fourth-best start to a year of competition in the history of professional women's tennis. She will have a chance to catch up to the other women on the list before all is said and done. The record is held by Steffi Graf, who began 1987 with 45 wins. The number that Azarenka is currently chasing is 37 straight wins, held by Martina Hingis in 1997 and Martina Navratilova in 1978.
It was 6-3, 5-4 at 40-30 in the World No. 3's favor.
And then it was rain.
In the 27th meeting, it was Rafael Nadal's match, but in the 28th meeting at the BNP Paribas Open, it was all Roger Federer.
After a quick rain delay, the two former World No. 1's came back and it took Federer one point to win the match.
The match was also initially postponed due to the inclement weather.
The Swiss tennis player never gave up a lead in his 6-3, 6-4 victory that lasted one hour and 31 minutes. He hit six aces, 28 winners and had 25 unforced errors.
Federer is now into the finals at Indian Wells, where he will face American John Isner, who is in his first final round in the Southern California tournament.
The last time the two tennis players met was on Federer's home clay in Switzerland. Isner upset Federer in four sets for a Davis Cup victory, and people called it Isner's biggest win of his career.
Welcome to the Top 10 club, John Isner.
On Day 11 in the BNP Paribas Open, American John Isner upset the tournament's defending champion Novak Djokovic, 7-6 (7), 3-6, 7-6 (5).
The day brought Isner his first victory against a World No.1, his first time to reach an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final and the first time he will break into the Top 10. (He is currently ranked No. 11 in the world.)
During the two hour and 45 minute play time, Isner fired 20 aces (one that went 135-mph during his forth match point) to topple the world's best male tennis player.
From the BNP Paribas Open:
"I had in the third set a couple of times 30-all and some chances really where I was in the rally, but he came up with some incredible groundstrokes winners, and that's it," said Djokovic. "I have to shake his hand and congratulate him for the win."
Isner will face either Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal, who are facing each other for their 28th match, in the men's semifinal. The final round will be his shot at a fourth ATP World Tour singles title. He hasn't won one since last August in Winston-Salem.
If Isner were to win the final, it would move the University of Georgia graduate to No. 8 in the world, which would place him in front of countryman Mardy Fish, making him the No. 1 American in the world. It's a spot he recently said he knew Fish wasn't ready to relinquish.
Before Saturday's upset, John Isner's most notable victory was his four-set defeat of World No. 3 Federer in Davis Cup action last month to help the USA earn a Davis Cup win against Switzerland.
(Although many fans do know Isner as the a 6-foot-9 American who had the marathon 11 hour and 5 minute match that lasted three days against Nicolas Mahut. Isner won.)
Isner is an unconventional professional tennis player in the fact that he attended four years at an American university before turning pro. He was a Georgia Bulldog who said the losses he suffered in college built his game and his confidence. To Isner, success after college would have been just cracking the top 100.
He's well surpassed that mark.
From USA Today:
"I do feel like it's my time," Isner said. "I think my career best tennis is ahead of me, and I hope it's here in 2012."
Question: How many former titles of Indian Wells are playing in the semifinal round?
Times Serbian Novak Djokovic has won the BNP Paribas Open: two (2008, 2011).
Times Spaniard Rafael Nadal has won the BNP Paribas Open: two (2007, 2009).
Times Swiss Roger Federer has won the BNP Paribas Open: three (2004, 2005, 2006).
Times America John Isner has won the BNP Paribas Open: zero.
This means that in seven of the last eight years, either Djokovic, Nadal or Federer has been named the tournament champion. Djokovic is the defending champion.
Djokovic faces Isner, while Nadal takes on Federer. It may be the 28th meeting between the two former No. 1s but it is their first time to appear across the net in singles play at this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament. Nadal boasts a 18-9 record in the career meetings. The last matchup between the two greats was the semifinals of the Australian Open. Nadal won that one in four sets.
From the BNP Paribas Open:
"Playing against Roger always means a little bit more than against the rest of the opponents because I am playing probably against the best of the history," Nadal said, "and because I played probably the most important matches of my career against him and probably him against me. That's why it makes the match a little bit more special than the rest."
Roger Federer's victory recorded a milestone and Ana Ivanovic's retirement moved Maria Sharapova into the WTA finals on Day 10 at the BNP Paribas Open.
No. 3-seeded Federer swiftly defeated No. 9-seeded Juan Martin Del Potro in just 69 minutes, 6-3, 6-2. His 13 aces propelled the Swiss tennis star to a record 250th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 match victory.
Federer, a former champion of Indian Wells, will face Rafael Nadal, also a former champion of the tournament, in the semifinals.
Ana Ivanovic had made her first semifinal of the 2012 season. The No. 15 seed upset No. 4 Caroline Wozniacki in the fourth round, then upset No. 7 seeded Marion Bartoli in the following round.
But when it came to her semifinal match against No. 2-seeded Maria Sharapova in Friday's semifinal, Ivanovic only made it one set. After a first set that lasted over an hour, Ivanovic retired at 4-6, 0-1.
Official reason for Ana Ivanovic's retirment is a left hip injury. #bnppo12— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) March 17, 2012
The No. 2 seed will now face No. 1-seeded Victoria Azarenka in the finals of the WTA bracket.
Men's semifinal matches on Day 11
 Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs  John Isner (USA)
 Roger Federer (SUI) vs  Rafael Nadal (ESP)
And on the ninth day of the BNP Paribas Open, the tournament's defending champion won again. Novak Djokovic is into the semifinals.
Djokovic, the No. 1 seed, beat No. 12 seed Nicolas Almagro, 6-3, 6-4, in an hour and 22 minutes. He recorded five aces and no double faults. Djokovic has now won 10 straight matches.
From the BNP Paribas Open:
"It's definitely satisfying to play well," said Djokovic. "This is something that we all want to do, and we all practice very hard each day in order to play as best as we can in the official matches. At this stage of the tournament it was important for me to stay mentally focused from the first to the last point."
On the women's side No. 15 Ana Ivanovic uprooted No. 7 seed Marion Bartoli, 6-3, 6-4. She is now in the semifinals. This area of the bracket isn't new to Ivanovic; the Serbian won a title at Indian Wells in 2008. This is, however, her first semifinal of the 2012 season.
No player on the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) tour had begun a season 21-0 since Serena Williams in 2003. Until today, that is.
No. 1 seed Victoria Azarenka defeated No. 5 seed Agnieszka Radwanska to remain perfect.
The 68-minute match almost ended in a double bagel, but Radwanska broke Azarenka at 5-0 in the second set to tack on a couple of games. The final score was 6-0, 6-2.
From BNP Paribas Open:
"My strategy is always try to be better every day," said Azarenka, the only player on the WTA tour to win mulitple titles in 2012. "It doesn't matter how good it's gonna be. It's just to try to be better and give everything you can on that particular day. Doesn't matter if it's practice, match, fitness, whatever it is. That kind of gives me [a] mental advantage for myself to be to know that no matter what, I did my best and I tried my best. I'm just trying to enjoy every moment I play and trying to be better every day."
Azarenka is now into the semifinals and will face the winner of the match between No. 8 seed Li Na and No. 18 seed Angelique Kerber.
On the men's side:
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer both advanced. No. 2 seed Nadal won his match against No. 26 seed Marcel Granollers in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4, in just one hour and 27 minutes.
No. 3 seed Federer beat No. 27 seed Milos Raonic after dropping the first set in a tiebreaker, 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-4.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Juan Martin del Potro were also victorious on Day 8. No. 5 seed David Ferrer lost in straight sets.
Matches to watch on Day 9 (seeds in bold)
 Marion Bartoli (FRA) vs.  Ana Ivanovic (SRB)
 Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. Nicolas Almagro (ESP)
 Maria Kirilenko (RUS) vs.  Maria Sharapova (RUS)
Ryan Harrison (USA) OR Gilles Simon (FRA) vs.  John Isner (USA)
Day 7 Results
BNP Paribas Open defending champion Caroline Wozniacki is gone from the tournament in the fourth round.
No. 15 seed Ana Ivanovic beat Wozniacki, the No. 4 seed, in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2.
From BNP Paribas Open:
"I just really knew I had to be aggressive and I knew I had to accept mistakes because she does make you play extra balls," [Ivanovic] said of the difference between the two meetings. "I did that really well, and I served much, much better than I did in the last match."
That may be the first time in your life you read that name. Well, the second if you just read the headline.
So, why is he so important? Well, besides the fact that he's taking on an American next round -- No. 11 seeded John Isner -- Ebden is the Cinderella of tennis' Indian Wells March Madness bracket.
A 24 year old from Australia, Ebden is currently ranked No. 91 in the world (80 spots behind Isner in the rankings). Matty, as he's known on the circuit, is a 6'2, 172-pound right-handed player. He has never won a career singles title, let alone even made it to the final of an ATP event. (He does have two doubles titles.) And he is the second-ranked player from Australia on the circuit, behind Bernard Tomic, who is currently ranked No. 36.
Really, why is he so important?
He's taken down two seeds in his last two matches, starting with No. 32 seed Julien Benneteau in the second round and moving onto No. 8 seed Mardy Fish. Only nine other players in the 128-player bracket have defeated seeded opponents and, so far, none of the rest have two upsets to their name.
On Day 7, make sure to watch for the qualifier to take on his next ranked foe.
Despite that one loss to Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic is ... well, as close to perfect as he can be.
The world No. 1's current match player isn't an exact replica of last years incredible 43-match win streak winner, but he's pretty darn close.
After beating 29th seeded Kevin Anderson in the third round, Djokovic improved to 12-1 in 2012. Djokovic is the defending champion at Indian Wells. (He also won the title in 2008.) His No. 1 seed earned him enough byes to make the third-round match his first match of the tournament. And the defending champ broke serve twice during his fourth straight defeat of Anderson.
From the AP:
"He's very aggressive on the return games," Djokovic said. "He has a great serve, as you can imagine for his height, so I had to return well, I had to just be patient, and wait for my chances. I haven't served well in the opening set, but then it all came down to his service games. I served well and put a lot of pressure on him and returned really, really good."
On the women's side, Maria Sharapova beat Simona Halep of Romania 6-3, 6-4. Sharapova, the tournament's No. 2 seed, is a former winner of the BNP Parbias Open.
The upset of the day came when Australian qualifier Matthew Ebden uprooted American Mardy Fish, 6-3, 6-4. Fish is the tournament's No. 8 seed.
Matches to watch for on Day 7 (higher seeds in bold)
Fernando Verdasco (ESP) vs Juan Martin Del Potro
Victoria Azarenka (BLR) vs Julia Goerges (GER)
Roberta Vinci (ITA) vs Maria Sharapova (RUS)
Marcel Granollers (ESP) vs Rafael Nadal (ESP)
Milos Raonic (CAN) vs Roger Federer (SUI)
Ana Ivanovic (SRB) OR Ksenia Pervak (KAZ) v Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) OR Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)
Combined they have five titles from the BNP Parbias, so maybe that's why Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer dropped only nine games total to advance to the third round.
Nadal, who has previously won in Indian Wells twice, defeated Leonardo Mayer of Argentina, 6-1 6-3. Nadal broke his opponent twice and won in an hour and 15 minutes. Nadal has reached the last six semifinals of the BNP Parbias. He lost in last year's final to World No. 1 Novak Djokovic.
The match today was Nadal's first in six weeks, since his runner-up finish at the Australian Open.
Federer, who has three Indian Wells titles to his name, beat American Denis Kudla 6-4 6-1. Federer broke his wild card opponent's serve five times and won in under an hour. The victory was Federer's 10th consecutive win.
On the women's side, Victoria Azarenka rolled to her 19th straight victory. The World No. 1 beat 25th seed Svetlana Kuznestova, 6-1, 6-2. Azarenka is now onto the fourth round.
"I'm really pleased with that," a smiling Azarenka told reporters after dispatching Kuznetsova in one hour.
The upset of the day is courtesy of American Christina McHale. She beat world No. 3 Petra Kvitova in three sets. McHale advanced from the third round with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory.
Matchups to watch for in Day 6 (seeds in bold)
Samantha Stosur (AUS) vs Nadia Petrova (RUS)
Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs Kevin Anderson (RSA)
Simona Halep (ROU) vs Maria Sharapova (RUS)
Andy Roddick (USA) vs Tomas Berdych (CZE)
Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) vs Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs Ryan Harrison (USA)
John Isner (USA ) vs Juan Monaco (ARG)
Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) vs Gilles Simon (FRA)
Matthew Ebden (AUS) vs Mardy Fish (USA)
A flu-like virus forced both ATP and WTA players to withdraw from the BNP Parbias Open.
The virus has caused a spike in visits to the emergency room in Coachella Valley. In a statement released Sunday, the Eisenhower Medical Center said they saw a 15 percent jump in visits from just last week.
The virus, which lasts between 24 to 48 hours, causes fever and vomiting, then diarrhea. It is spread through air or direct contact, not through food. Since the flu is short, "otherwise healthy people" who come down with it don't need to seek medical attention. The virus goes away on its own.
Some of those names include Gael Monfils, the tournament's No. 14 seed and American Vania King, according to USA Today. American Bethanie Mattek-Sands who is already out of the tournament said she also got sick. Andreas Seppi and Philipp Kohlschreiber also retired and withdrew from their matches Saturday.
Fans have even reported coming down with the virus.
From the Desert Sun:
Doctors recommended hand washing and using antibacterial cleansers to avoid the virus.
Those who show symptoms should drink as much fluid as possible, rest and avoid the sun.
The second round is getting under way in Indian Wells and some of the biggest names in tennis will try to avoid a similar fate as Andy Murray, who was knocked out by a qualifier in the first round. Among the notable players in action are Roger Federer, who's taking on Denis Kudla, and Rafael Nadal, who's facing Leonardo Mayer.
The best match of Sunday on the men's side will likely be the duel between sixth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and countryman Michael Llodra. Tsonga is an eminently watchable player (who looks exactly like a young, slightly hefty Muhammad Ali, for what it's worth), and he should be playing some of his best tennis against a talented guy from his home country of France in Llodra.
On the women's side, top seed Victoria Azarenka should have herself a match against No. 25 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in the third round. Petra Kvitova, the third seed, will take on Christina McHale, and there's a China vs. China barnburner on tap when eighth-seeded Na Li takes on 31-seed Jie Zheng.
On Day Four of the BNP Paribas Open, the American men all celebrated in victory. And, of course, so did that one Serb.
Americans Andy Roddick (30 seed), Ryan Harrison, John Isner (11 seed) and Mardy Fish (8 seed) all won to advance at Indian Wells. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic also won with a convincing score of 6-3, 6-2 in an hour and 20 minute match.
Harrison and Isner won in straight sets. Harrison's final score, which knocked off the tournament's No. 25 seed, was 7-6 (5), 6-3. Isner's match lasted one hour and 18 minutes, and the American knocked 14 aces for his 7-5, 6-3 win.
Fish knocked nine aces during the first set and a half before his opponent, Andreas Seppi of Italy, retired just 50 minutes into the match with the score at 3-2 in Fish's favor in the second.
Then there's Roddick. The 30-year-old has struggled in the first three months of this season with a hamstring injury that caused him to withdraw from the Australian Open. Of course, the form he had in 2003 when he won a U.S. Open hasn't been seen since, well, 2003, but Roddick struggled to hang on at points in his three-set victory over Poland's Lukasz Kubot. Roddick dropped the opening set and then squeaked by in a tiebreaker during the second before giving himself a bit easier of a time in the third set. The final score was 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3.
Roddick will face Thomas Berdych, the tournament's No. 7 seed, in the next round. Harrison faces No. 25 seeded Viktor Troicki and Isner faces No. 22 seed Juan Monaco. Fish plays qualifier Matthew Ebden.
On the women's side:
No. 4 seeded Caroline Wozniacki, No. 2 seeded Maria Sharapova and No. 6 seeded Sam Stosur all advanced.
Notable matches for Day 5 (seeds in bold):
Marinko Matosevic (AUS) vs Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG)
Leonardo Mayer (ARG) vs Rafael Nadal (ESP)
Victoria Azarenka (BLR ) vs Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs Michael Llodra (FRA)
Denis Kudla (USA) vs Roger Federer (SUI)
A failure to convert on seven break points and 34 unforced errors were just a few things that went wrong for Andy Murray. The No. 4 seed also lost his match 6-4, 6-2 to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain.
From the AP:
"I'm not exactly sure why that happened tonight," Murray said. "I played well in practice. I was hitting the ball really well and I felt pretty fresh. I didn't move my best tonight, but it didn't feel like I was moving really badly. My return let me down, and he hardly missed the ball.
"There was obviously a reason behind why I didn't play well and I'll find that reason and address it."
Victoria Azarenka might have a perfect record, but her statistics on Friday were anything but perfect.
The No. 1 WTA player in the world had zero aces, 12 double faults and gave up a 5-1 lead in the second set during her first match at BNP Parbias Open.
The Belarian tennis player held on with her serve and outlasted Germany's Mona Barthel, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (6). It was the German's first time playing at Indian Wells. The match lasted three hours. With the victory, Azarenka moved to 18-0 on the season, including an Australian open title.
No. 3 seeded Petra Kvitova sailed through her match against her Czech opponent dropping only four games.
The upset of the day on the women's side came from wildcard Jamie Hampton who knocked No. 12 seeded Jelena Jankovic (and former world No. 1 ) from the Southern Cailfornia tournament. Hampton won 6-4, 6-3.
From the men's bracket, 19-year-old Aussie Bernard Tomic was defeated in three sets by Gilles Muller, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-0. Muller hit 23 aces and won 88 percent of his service points.
Notable winners include: Marcos Baghdatis, Tommy Haas, David Nalbandian, Xavier Malisse, Ryan Sweeting and Nikolay Davydenko.
Matches to watch on Day 4 (seeds in bold):
Ana Ivanovic (SRB) v Johanna Larsson (SWE)
Andy Roddick (USA) vs. Lukasz Kubot (POL)
Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. Andrey Golubev (KAZ)
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) vs. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)
Gisela Dulko (ARG) vs. Maria Sharapova (RUS)
Andy Murray (GBR) vs. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
John Isner (USA) vs. Frederico Gil (POR)
Samantha Stosur (AUS) vs. Irina Falconi (USA)
Andreas Seppi (ITA) v Mardy Fish (USA)
American Robby Ginepri did something Thursday he hadn't done since 2008, the year he jumped 112 spots in the ranking in five months: he won a match at Indian Wells. It made him the first unseeded American to advance from the first round in the BNP Parbias Open.
Ginepri, a wild card entry, faced Italian qualifier Paolo Lorenzi. Although on paper, the stats don't lean in Ginepri's favor (Lorenzi is better in first-serve percentage, second-serve points won and break-points saved), the score is in the American's favor. In the end, Ginepri won just two more points than Lorenzi, and after two hours and eight minutes, he won a three-set duel 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.
France's Nicolas Mahut, who served only one ace, also advanced into the second round at the BNP Parbias Open. He defeated Canada's Vasek Pospisil, 6-3, 6-2, in an hour and 27 minutes.
On the women's side, American Bethanie Mattek-Sands, who is trying to come back from a rotator cuff injury, was defeated in straight sets by Ekaterina Makarova of Russia.
For full results on the action from the men's and women's brackets, check here.
While world No. 4 Caroline Wozniacki battled the winds in practice, American Jamie Hampton hit through them to overtake her opponent at the BNP Parbias Open.
Hampton -- now ranked No. 99, the first top-100 ranking of her career -- defeated Slovakian Polona Hercog, 6-1, 6-1, in the opening round at Indian Wells.
So who is Hampton? A little background on the American: Hampton was born in Frankfurt, Germany, but resides in Alabama. She 22 years old, she's right-handed and she turned pro in September 2009. Last year at Indian Wells, the young American made it through qualifying but lost in the opening round to fellow American Sloane Stephens in straight sets.
Hampton will face the tournament's No. 12 seed, Jelena Jankovic of Serbia, in the next round.
Fellow Americans Coco Vandeweghe and Jill Craybas won't move on. Vandeweghe lost in a three-set match, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, to Austria's Jarmila Gajdosova. Craybas lost to Germany's Mona Barthel, 6-2, 6-1.
None of the seeds play on the opening day of the tournament in Southern California, as they all received byes. Action continues Thursday with the top WTA seeds playing. The ATP portion of the tournament will also begin Thursday.
For all the results from Wednesday's action, check here.
Novak Djokovic is looking to defend last year's championship, while Victoria Azarenka tries to make up for her quarterfinal loss in the 2011 event.
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