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!