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Indian Wells is considered the "5th Major" tennis tournament, after the US, French, Wimbledon and Australian. Here Feliciano Lopez warms up on the practice courts. Andy Murray on the practice courts Frenchman Gael Monfils - later sidelined with the stomach bug that swept the tournament World #1 Novak Djokovic #1 women's player Victoria Azarenka - Queen of the Shrieks American Mardy Fish Rafael Nadal Serbian Ana Ivanovic Djokovic Caroline Wozniaki from Denmark The odd but capable Marion Bartolli from France World #4 Andy Murray, before getting knocked out in his first round Nikolai Davydenko Rafa Nadal Rafa celebrates a point won Italian Flavia Penetta Feliciano Lopez from Spain Ana Ivanovic Spaniard Fernando Verdasco Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga doing his trademark post-win spinning-jumping-dance Alexandr Dolgopolev from Ukraine Caroline Wozniaki Playing against Ivanovic Wozniaki gets some between-sets coaching from her father/coach Ivanovic needs no coaching And takes the match "King Roger" Federer Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro Delpo wins his match And takes revenge on the net that gave him so much trouble Ivanovic again. She's tough. Playing against Marion Bartolli Novak Djokovic showing off his amazing physical abilities Spaniard Nicolas Almagro Djokovic doesn't let anything get past And emerges the winner Maria Sharapova Playing against fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko Maria is the FORMER Queen of the Shrieks. Azarenka is louder. Or at least sillier. Marc Lopez, doubles partner with Rafael Nadal. Nadal is the famous one but Lopez was amazing. Pre-point planning Frenchman Gilles Simon Playing American giant John Isner Simon is an amazing athlete Nadal Nadal is tenacious And takes the win... ...over Argentine David Nalbandian Nadal signs autographs. This part gets a little creepy - the fans are rabid Maria Sharapova Battling Ana Ivanovic Ana wins the point But Maria is fighting hard, and ends up taking the semifinal when Ivanovic retires due to a leg injury Djokovic Oh yeah! Roger Federer Roger vs. Rafa semifinal - something of a holy grail for tennis fans Roger wins it Nadal in defeat Azarenka plays Sharapova in the women's final. Battle of the Shrieks. Maria celebrates a win and/or laments a loss. Really hard to tell - she always does the same thing. Azarenka, who won the championship Roger Federer in the final against American John Isner Roger wins it! And takes home a big chunk of glass Roger vs. the photographers Ballkids clean up 10 miles of non-biodegradable confetti Autographs from Roger Not finished yet - the men's doubles final. Nadal and Marc Lopez vs. Americans Sam Querrey and John Isner. Marc Lopez showing why he's amazing Yes, Isner had to come back and play doubles after losing to Roger in the singles final. Lopez Planning the next point Nadal and Lopez win the doubles championship Isner sticks around to sign autographs