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Five winners and losers from Indian Wells

Chris Chase
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Busted Racquet selects five winners and losers from the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

Five winners

1. Novak Djokovic -- The new world No. 2 hasn't lost in his last 20 matches, a winning streak which includes a Grand Slam title, a Davis Cup, three wins over Roger Federer and a comeback victory Sunday against Rafael Nadal. He's the hottest tennis player in the world and could make in-roads to a year-end No. 1 ranking if he can hang with Rafa at the French Open.

2. Caroline Wozniacki -- With her 14th title (and fifth Premier championship), Wozniacki put more distance between her and No. 2 Kim Clijsters. She's such a commanding No. 1 that the press will be forced to stop asking whether she deserves the lofty ranking without a major. (The question will be re-framed to, "can you win a Grand Slam?")

3. Marion Bartoli -- Though she lost to Wozniacki, the Frenchwoman came back to force a third set and moved into the top 10 with her run at the tournament. She was gracious and eloquent in defeat, something you'd expect from somebody with an IQ of 175.

4. ABC/ESPN -- Tennis returned to the broadcast network for the first time since 2003 and the matchups couldn't have been better: a super Saturday with Djokovic, Nadal, Juan Martin del Potro and Roger Federer and a Sunday with an emerging women's star and the two top men's players in the world.

5. Ryan Harrison -- Milos who? Harrison, an 18-year-old American, defeated tennis' rising star en route to a fourth-round run at Indian Wells. His three wins were the first ATP victories of his year and he rose to a career-high of No. 130 on Monday.

Five losers

1. Roger Federer -- Any mystique and aura Federer still had vanished during his third set collapse against Djokovic. Granted, Nadal did the same thing a day later, but Federer's continued inconsistency (how many backhands is he going to miss hit) and delusion (you weren't close to winning that match, Roger) is a red flag.

2. Maria Sharapova -- Masha didn't just lose to Caroline Wozniacki, she got worked, losing 6-1, 6-2 in the semifinals. Advancing to the semifinals could have been the start of something good for the former world No. 1, but the setback against Wozniacki raised all the same questions about whether she'll ever get back to her old form.

3. Ivan Ljubicic -- The 32-year-old Croat was the defending champion at Indian Wells but couldn't get past Juan Martin del Potro in a first round (it was wasn't the friendliest draw, but still). As a result, Ljubicic dropped 22 spots in the rankings to No. 38.

4. Andy Roddick -- When you're No. 9 in the world, there's not that many opportunities to beat a player ranked ahead of you in the rankings. But when you're No. 9 in the world and keep losing to players ranked below you, there's never an opportunity. Roddick threw another temper tantrum and flamed out to Richard Gasquet.

5. Key Biscayne -- With the best men in the world performing so well in California, it wouldn't be stunning to see some early exits from next week's 1000 tournament in Miami.

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