Djokovic, Nadal, Thiem to play doubles at Indian Wells

andrew hendrie:

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem are just some of the big ATP stars who will combine singles with doubles at the upcoming Indian Wells Masters.

The doubles draw at the first Masters 1000 tournament of the season is traditionally strong, and 2020 will be no exception as the top three ATP singles players in the world headline the doubles field.

World No. 1 in singles, Djokovic re-unites with countryman Viktor Troicki as the pair team up for the first time since helping Serbia win the inaugural ATP Cup in January.

Nadal, who was part of the defeated Spanish team in the ATP Cup final, links up with long-time partner Marc Lopez as the pair target a hat-trick of titles in the Californian desert after taking home the silverware in 2010 and 2012.

One-handed backhand enthusiasts will also be entertained as Thiem – who is defending the singles title at Indian Wells – teams up with Grigor Dimitrov. The pair have never played doubles together before.

Apart from the top three singles seeds, there’s plenty of other big singles names that will be aiming for doubles supremacy in Indian Wells.

Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez (Photo: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)

Top 10 star Alexander Zverev and three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka will be teaming up, as will rising star Felix Auger-Aliassime and enigmatic Italian Fabio Fognini.

Russian stars Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov are two-time Masters 1000 runner-ups after making the final of Miami 2018 and Paris 2019, while top 20 singles players Diego Schwartzman and David Goffin are another notable pairing.

Then of course we have the established doubles specialists, including top seeded Columbian pairing Robert Farah and Juan Sebastian Cabal and second seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo, who were runner-ups last season.

Two-time champions Bob and Mike Bryan will be hoping for a fairytale run to the title in their last ever appearance at Indian Wells, while Jack Sock and Vasek Pospisil – who won the trophy in 2015 – team up for the first time in four years.

Nikola Mektic and Horacio Zeballos are the defending champions, but return this year with different partners. Mektic will be teaming up with Dutchman Wesley Koolhof, while Zeballos partners Marcel Granollers.

The 2020 BNP Paribas Open begins with qualifying from March 9, with all singles and doubles matches available to stream live on bet365.