From Marion Bartoli's laser-like accuracy to the bazooka-like two-handers from the men, Indian Wells emerged as a big winner.
Andy Roddick and James Blake are both defined by their results. But despite any on-court shortcomings, they've both lived the American dream.
Indian Wells was dubbed a tournament up for grabs. But did we really believe Ivan Ljubicic and Jelena Jankovic would rise to the occasion?
While Roger Federer's waning will left him mired deeper in a sea of uncertainty, Rafael Nadal elevated his stature by waxing the Indian Wells field.
While Andy Roddick and James Blake must ratchet up their games to pass the U.S. crucible, the Williams sisters have an opportunity to shine.
Ostensibly, the Andy Roddick-Jimmy Connors breakup appeared mutual. But from the outset, the relationship was doomed. Connors has struggled with a wave of emotions since his days on top of the world.
Since a booming serve and crushing forehand paved the way for Andy Roddick's 2003 U.S. Open title, the American has struggled to find that summit again. After failed overhauls to his game, the road to success may not be so complicated.
As different as Andy Murray and Andy Roddick are in playing style, there's a bigger contrast between their coaches, Brad Gilbert and Jimmy Connors.