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A date in the desert

At Indian Wells, it's back to serious business for Stan Wawrinka and the Big Four

Updated: March 6, 2014, 2:50 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

Back in the day, when ships sailed to the far side of the world, they sometimes encountered The Doldrums.

It was a strange seam between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, a windless, low-pressure area near the equator that left sails hanging, sometimes for days. The nautical term entered our language and has come to mean listless and stagnant -- an apt description for the mild tennis hangover that follows the Australian Open every year.

But on the last day of February, we were jolted ...

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