2018 BNP Paribas Open Draw (Indian Wells) – The men’s singles draw was held Tuesday afternoon in Indian Wells, as the year’s first ATP Masters 1000 tournament is ready to begin. The 2018 BNP Paribas Open, regarded as the 5th slam, kicks off Wednesday with first round play. Roger Federer flew from Monday night’s Match for Africa Silicon Valley event in San Jose to the Southern California desert, going straight to the courts for an afternoon practice session. The Swiss maestro has started 2018 by winning his 20th grand slam title and reclaiming the world #1 ranking. He is also the defending champion, seeking a record sixth title in Indian Wells. The 36-year-old Swiss receives a first round bye and will face either Ryan Harrison or Federico Delbonis in the second round, to be played Saturday, March 10 or Sunday, March 11.
He could face twenty-fifth seed Filip Krajinovic of Serbia in the third round, followed by sixteenth seed Fabio Fognini or twentieth seed Adrian Mannarino in the fourth round. A potential quarterfinal would see the 5-time BNP Paribas Open champion face fifth seed Dominic Thiem or twelfth seed Tomas Berdych. The final weekend could feature a semifinal between Federer and third seed Grigor Dimitrov, seventh seed Kevin Anderson, or other seeded contenders including Pablo Carreno Busta, Roberto Bautista Agut, and Nick Kyrgios. Leading the bottom half of the draw are second seed Marin Cilic, fourth seed Alexander Zverev, sixth seed Juan Martin Del Potro, eighth seed Jack Sock, and tenth seed, also 5-time champion, Novak Djokovic.
Main draw play begins Wednesday, March 7, with the top seeds in action this weekend for their opening, second round matches. View the full draw below.