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A mild surprise today from the Indian Wells desert when former champion and current World No. 2 Novak Djokovic was beaten in straight sets by Ivan Ljubicic.

Djokovic had been the hottest player on the ATP circuit after a Dubai title, two Davis Cup wins and two more wins in the desert, but that 9-match win streak all went to pot today against the big-serving Croatian veteren.

Djokovic will now rest – he allegedly had some allergy problems and felt the affects of all that tennis – for a few days and get ready for the Miami Sony event which begins a week from today.

Rafael Nadal also won in three sets beating back the Big Tree, John Isner. Nadal was in control for most of the match until a poor service game when the 4-time French champion hit consecutive double faults and then made a careless unforced error to give Isner a break in the second set.

But Nadal broke Isner in the third and cruised to the win. Nadal won the title at Indian Wells last year.

Marcos Baghdatis, a surprise winner over Roger Federer, had no left emotionally in a three set loss to Tommy Robredo.

Andy Roddick and Andy Murray play later on tonight.

Robin Soderling also won trouncing Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

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The ATP ruled this past week that the defunct Indianapolis tournament would be moved to Atlanta.

One has to wonder, does the summer ATP circuit really need a tournament in Atlanta? I say no. There are enough events as it is in the U.S. – I know the USTA who took a chunk of the tournament  will argue otherwise of course – and the players are already on the warpath of the schedule being too long.

Without Atlanta the tour would get a week off in the middle of July, and while it wouldn’t directly impact the length of the season, down the road in a few years perhaps that open week would get swallowed up allowing the summer to shrink by one overall week and maybe the tour ends a week earlier.

With Atlanta, it adds one more obstacle in the ATP’s effort to reduce the schedule. But young American and B-level players like Robby Ginepri, Kevin Kim, John Isner and James Blake have to be thrilled about having another chance to pick up ranking points.

I just wonder who many fans will want to see those guys play (sorry fans, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are not going to play!) in the sweltering mid-summer heat of Atlanta.

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