Looking Back: Ana Ivanovic and Novak Djokovic in Indian Wells 2008


It was called Pacific Life Open and it was absolutely the happiest moment for Serbia as their two tennis superstars were declared as the champions in the same day. Ana Ivanovic cruised her way to triumph defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) while Novak Djokovic outlasted Mardy Fish (USA) in three.

Before her meltdown after Roland Garros 2008, Ana Ivanovic was unbeatable. She played like a real champion and never give up even in scares. She loved Indian Wells and adored the place- that was probably one of the reasons why she won all the matches here.

  • First Round: Bye
  • Second Round: against Ioana Raluca Olaru (Romania) 6-1, 5-7, 6-0
  • Third Round: against Tathiana Garbin (Italy) 6-3, 6-0
  • Fourth Round: against Francesca Schiavone (Italy) 2-6, 7-5, 6-2
  • Quarterfinals: against Vera Zvonareva (Russia) 6-1, 6-4
  • Semifinals: against Jelena Jankovic 7-6, 6-3
  • Finals: against Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) 6-4, 6-3

After winning Australian Open 2008, Novak Djokovic became a huge threat to anyone coming to Indian Wells. He was the one man to beat and even thrashed the King of Clay before a dropping a set in the finals. That’s the miracle ‘unpedictable’ player of ATP, that’s Novak Djokovic!

  • First Round: Bye
  • Second Round: against Andreas Seppi (Italy) 6-3, 7-6
  • Third Round: against Philipp Kohlschreiber (Germany) 6-3, 6-2
  • Fourth Round: against Guillermo Canas (Argentina) 6-2, 6-3
  • Quarterfinals: against Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland) 7-6, 6-2
  • Semifinals: against Rafael Nadal (Spain) 6-3, 6-2
  • Finals: against Mardy Fish (USA) 6-2, 5-7, 6-3

Without a doubt, these are remarkable results obtained by Ana and Nole. It’s not easy to win a match in tennis considering they are already competing against professionals. What more if you win six consecutive matches in a row in a beautiful place.

I wish I could have seen all these matches. There are twelve of them and if possible, I want to have a copy of them as my souvenir. I am sure I will not get tired watching these matches over and over again.

For now, here’s what I’ve got:

Highlights of Ana’s Finals Match

Highlights of Nole’s Final Match

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