BNP Paribas Open 2019: Form guide for the men's singles event in California
Andy Swales provides form stats for the forthcoming men's singles event at Indian Wells ...
"In addition to the 31-year-old’s slam successes in the US and Australia, Djokovic has won the last two outdoor hard court Masters Series events in Cincinnati and Shanghai. This means it is 28 victories from his last 29 matches on his favourite surface."
Can anyone stop Novak Djokovic? That's the question on every tennis fan's lips as we head into the first Masters Series event of 2019.
The Serbian is most definitely on a roll, and appears to be playing just as well as he was during 2015 and 2016, when he was the dominate force in the sport by quite some margin.
His victory at Roland Garros three years ago made it four Slam titles in a row, which had not been achieved in the men's game since 1969.
And in a few months' time, following wins at Wimbledon, Flushing Meadows and Melbourne, he will have the opportunity to repeat this incredible feat once again at the French Open.
But before the European clay court season gets underway next month, Djokovic will be top seed at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.
The men's singles starts on Thursday, although Djokovic may not be in action until Saturday, because the 32 seeded players get a bye into round two.
In addition to the 31-year-old's slam successes in the US and Australia, he has won the last two outdoor hard court Masters Series events in Cincinnati and Shanghai.
This means it is 28 victories from his last 29 matches on his favourite surface.
His only defeat came in Doha, which was a warm-up event ahead of the Australian Open, when Djokovic was beaten 6-3 6-7 (6-8) 4-6 by Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut at the semi-final stage.
Djokovic heads to the Californian desert chasing a sixth title at Indian Wells, having completed a hat-trick of wins here between 2014 and 2016.
Roger Federer is also a five-time winner of the tournament, while the other great star of the modern era - Rafael Nadal - has lifted the trophy three times, most recently in 2013.
As with the Grand Slams, the trio have dominated this event too. Since 2004, only two players have broken this incredible spell at Indian Wells and neither of these are playing this week.
Defending champion Juan Martin del Potro has been forced out having not completely recovered from a fractured right patella, while 2010 champion Ivan Ljubicic retired from tennis just over six years ago.
The winner at Indian Wells will take home more than £1m, from a total prize fund of almost £7m.
But outside of Djokovic, Nadal and Federer, how much of this cash will be banked by the challengers?
Alexander Zverev: The current world No 3 and expected heir to the throne. However, the German was beaten in round four in Australia and, more recently, lost to Nick Kyrgios in the final in Mexico.
Kevin Anderson: The No 5 seed who appears to have lost his edge slightly since suffering Grand Slam final defeats in New York (2017) and London (2018).
John Isner: The 33-year-old is always a threat, because of his huge serve, and is a former finalist at Wells - beaten by Federer in 2012.
Stefanos Tsitsipas: One of the younger brigade. The 20-year-old world No 10 from Greece beat Djokovic in the Masters Series event in Canada last summer, then added victories over Zverev and Anderson before losing to Nadal in the final. A serious threat in California.
Karen Khachanov: The current world No 13 from Russia. Reached the semi-finals of the Toronto Masters Series event last year, although seems to prefer indoor tennis to the outdoor game but, at 22, that may change.
Borna Coric: Lost to Djokovic in the final of the Shanghai Masters in October, and was a semi-finalist at Indian Wells too during 2018, losing in three sets to Federer.
Click the below link to view Indian Wells 10 years form
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Key To Table: Aus (Australian Open); Sha (Shanghai); USO (US Open); Cin (Cincinnati); Can (Canada); Mia (Miami); IW (Indian Wells)
Last 10 hard court events at Grand Slam & Masters Series level for selected players
|Roberto Bautista Agut||QF||Rd-3||Rd-1||Rd-2||Rd-3||Rd-1||Rd-1||Rd-3|
|Pablo Carreno Busta||Rd-4||Rd-1||Rd-2||QF||Rd-2||SF||Rd-4||Rd-4||Rd-2||SF|
|Alex de Minaur||Rd-3||Rd-3||Rd-3||Rd-1||Rd-2||Rd-1||Rd-1|
|Juan Ignacio Londero|