BNP PARIBAS OPEN: TOP FIVE MATCHES

There will be no action from the BNP Paribas Open this week after the tournament announced that the event would not be held due to concerns about the spread of Covid-19.

So instead, we thought we would pick out some of the finest battles from the desert in years gone by for you to enjoy. Grab any of these matches on demand in full now, or select ‘Add to MY CHANNEL’ to watch whenever you want on any device!

5. Jim Courier vs Guy Forget (Final, 1991)

This sealed the first half of Courier’s fabled Sunshine Double and kickstarted a sensational 1991 season. He ousted three top 10 players en-route to the final – but Forget gave him his sternest test. A three-and-a-half-hour epic in the desert, decided by a tense fifth set tiebreak.

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4. Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer (Final, 2014)

2014 saw Federer bounce back from a poor previous campaign and this was one of his best weeks of tennis, as he swept to the final without losing a set. There were question marks over Djokovic’s form, who arrived in Indian Wells without a title for the first time since 2006. It looked like Federer would repeat his heroics in Dubai a few weeks earlier when he took the opening set. Djokovic rallied, and it took a gruelling final set to seal what would be the first of three consecutive titles for the Serb in Indian Wells.

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3. Andre Agassi vs Pete Sampras (Final, 2001)

The start of a special couple of months for Agassi. He came up against one of his chief rivals yet again, with Sampras leading their head-to-head 17-12 at the time. But Agassi put in a special performance, not dropping a single set as he completed one part of a famous Sunshine Double season.

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2. Novak Djokovic vs Milos Raonic (Final, 2016)

What a sensational week this was for Djokovic, a week during which the Serb made unprecedented history. Stood in the way for Djokovic to win the Sunshine Double for a third consecutive season was Canadian Milos Raonic, but he only dropped two games in a lethal display of efficiency. Djokovic also became the first man to win Indian Wells for a fifth time.

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1. Juan Martin del Potro vs Roger Federer (Final, 2018)

It is always a blockbuster when these two meet; this could be a fitting final chapter of their 25-match rivalry. Del Potro came out with the same fearless intensity that overwhelmed Federer in the 2017 US Open. But it looked like he had squandered his shot at a first Masters title when he dropped match point at 8-7 in the second set tiebreak. The Argentine then fought off three match points in the third, and it took another tiebreak to decide one of the most thrilling matches on the Tour in recent years.

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