Sorry for the cheesy headline – sometimes I can’t resist.
The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning for the Indian Wells area this weekend – winds were reported at over 60 m.p.h., causing property damage and power outages. This didn’t deter Rafael Nadal from unleashing his own gale force on Andy Murray on Sunday, hitting through the windy conditions and destroying the Scot 6-1, 6-2 for the title. And people (who, me?) were calling Federer’s three set loss to Murray embarrassing! Yikes!
Here’s Rafa enjoying his victory over both Murray and Mother Nature:
Moving on to the women’s final, Vera Zvonareva won her first “Premier” level singles title today, playing the role of Ana Ivanovic‘s backboard. I’m happy for Vera – she’s been making steady progress over the past year or so and it’s nice to see her hard work pay off. I do feel bad for Ana, though, who obviously had the strokes and the game plan to win, but just couldn’t execute in the blustery conditions. But it’s good to see the recently struggling Serb hitting with confidence again – she’s leaving this tournament happier than when she came in. (Unlike countrywoman, Jelena Jankovic – click here.)
Extra congrats to Vera for taking home the women’s doubles title, too, with partner and singles semi-final opponent Victoria Azarenka. Gisela Dulko and Shahar Peer were the runners up.
And I’m really tickled that Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish won the men’s doubles title (in a third set super tiebreaker) against Max Mirnyi and Andy Ram! It’s the first Masters 1000 doubles title for the Americans and great PR for dubs.
And now, once more with feeling! See you in Miami!
Nadal/Murray photos: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
Nadal presser photo: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images
Roddick/Fish photo: Jeff Gross/Getty Images