The first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event of the season, the BNP Paribas Open, will be played from March 8 to March 18 in Indian Wells.

Five-time champion Novak Djokovic is no.10 seed and has a first-round BYE.

In the first event after medical intervention on his elbow, the Serbian star will open campaign against Japanese Taro Daniel (ATP #109).

Novak’s potential rivals in the later stages of the tournament are:

3rd round: Kei Nishikori (JPN, 22)
4th round: Juan Martin del Potro (ARG, 6), David Ferrer (ESP, 29)
Quarter-finals: Marin Cilic (CRO, 2), John Isner (USA, 15)
Semi-finals: Alexander Zverev (GER, 4), Jack Sock (USA, 8)

Roger Federer (SUI, 1), Grigor Dimitrov (BUL, 3), Dominic Thiem (AUT, 5), Tomas Berdych (CZE, 12), Nick Kyrgios (AUS, 17) … are in the top half of the draw.

Last year, Novak fell to Nick Kyrgios in R4 (4-6, 6-7).

This will be Nole’s 13th appearance at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

The 30-year-old Belgrade native has won 30 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophies.

Photo: Ron Angle

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