Photos: BNP Paribas Open – Day 9.

"A full stadium at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden is shown during a match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“A full stadium at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden is shown during a match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Rafael Nadal serves during his match against Roger Federer Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Rafael Nadal serves during his match against Roger Federer Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Roger Federer wipes his face with a towel during his match against Rafael Nadal Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Roger Federer wipes his face with a towel during his match against Rafael Nadal Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Roger Federer walks off the court after losing to Rafael Nadal Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Roger Federer walks off the court after losing to Rafael Nadal Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Bob and Mike Bryan celebrate after defeating Santiago Gonzales and Scott Lipsky Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Bob and Mike Bryan celebrate after defeating Santiago Gonzales and Scott Lipsky Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Ekaterina Makarova lunges for a shot alongside Elena Vesnina during their doubles match against Casey Dellacqua and Kimika Date-Krumm Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Ekaterina Makarova lunges for a shot alongside Elena Vesnina during their doubles match against Casey Dellacqua and Kimika Date-Krumm Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Tomas Berdych reacts after defeating Kevin Anderson Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Tomas Berdych reacts after defeating Kevin Anderson Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Victoria Azarenka addresses the media after announcing her withdrawal from the tournament due to an ankle injury Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Victoria Azarenka addresses the media after announcing her withdrawal from the tournament due to an ankle injury Thursday, March 14, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

A bit of a slower day yesterday, as Samantha Stosur and Victoria Azarenka, two of the hot tickets in the women’s draw, pulled out of the tournament due to injuries. Those developments left us with a  bit of downtime, which was a nice change of pace from the constant grind this tournament has been so far.

It also gave me a chance to recuperate before the much anticipated match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Although the match didn’t turn out to be one of the classics like they’ve had so many times before, the energy in the stadium was still high and it was a lot of fun to shoot. More to come soon from that match. 

Thanks for looking. Enjoy the photos!

Photos: BNP Paribas Open – Day 8.

“Rafael Nadal reacts after defeating Ernests Gulbis Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Rafael Nadal reacts after defeating Ernests Gulbis Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Rafael Nadal hits a backhand during his match against Ernests Gulbis Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Rafael Nadal returns a shot from Ernests Gulbis Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Rafael Nadal returns a shot from Ernests Gulbis Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Ernests Gulbis returns a shot during his match against Rafael Nadal Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Ernests Gulbis returns a shot during his match against Rafael Nadal Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Roger Federer reacts during his match against Stanislas Wawrinka Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Roger Federer reacts during his match against Stanislas Wawrinka Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Roger Federer hits a backhand during his match against Stanislas Wawrinka Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Roger Federer hits a backhand during his match against Stanislas Wawrinka Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Roger Federer hits a backhand during his match against Stanislas Wawrinka Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Roger Federer hits a backhand during his match against Stanislas Wawrinka Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Maria Kirilenko reacts after defeating Petra Kvitova in three sets Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Maria Kirilenko reacts after defeating Petra Kvitova in three sets Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Petra Kvitova serves during her match against Maria Kirilenko Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Petra Kvitova serves during her match against Maria Kirilenko Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Jo-Wilfried Tsonga serves during his match against Milos Raonic Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Jo-Wilfried Tsonga serves during his match against Milos Raonic Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Milos Raonic serves to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Milos Raonic serves to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Gilles Simon returns a shot from Kevin Anderson Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Gilles Simon returns a shot from Kevin Anderson Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Richard Gasquet reacts during his match against Tomas Berdych Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Richard Gasquet reacts during his match against Tomas Berdych Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Bob and Mike Bryan sign autographs Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Bob and Mike Bryan sign autographs Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"The Indian Wells Tennis Garden Corona Plaza is shown Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“The Indian Wells Tennis Garden Corona Plaza is shown Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Actor Kevin Spacey takes in a tennis match Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Actor Kevin Spacey takes in a tennis match Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

"Novak Djokovic returns a shot during his match against Sam Querrey Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

“Novak Djokovic returns a shot during his match against Sam Querrey Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.”

Yesterday was one of those whirlwind days. One minute you’re running around the grounds shooting what seems like every match at the same time, and then the next you’re camped in the photo pits to shoot Nadal celebrating after an epic three-set match.

It’s that kind of up and down that make this job so great.

I don’t have much time to post, so the photos will have to do the talking here. Another huge day of tennis today!