Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Nadal, Federer steam into Indian Wells quarter-finals

Nadal, Federer steam into Indian Wells quarter-finals

Isner fought back in the second set after Karen took the helm in first one but neither player was able to take their chances.

World number four Federer, who has yet to drop a set at the tournament, saved all seven break points that he faced and won 79% of first serve points. I have never played him before other than practice.

World number four Roger Federer needed under an hour to defeat fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka 6-3 6-4 and will next face Briton Kyle Edmund, who defeated Radu Albot in straight sets earlier in the day.

The German punched the air in celebration after a video review confirmed that his forehand victor caught the line on match point to seal the upset victory in Indian Wells.

Monfils will take on No. 7 seed Dominic Thiem who knocked down giant Ivo Karlovic 6-4, 6-3. "I got nothing, so I still got a lot of work to do".

Nadal, 17 times a Grand Slam victor, ruthlessly put an end to Serbian qualifier Filip Krajinovic's run at the tournament, converting three of his four break point opportunities to advance 6-3 6-4. When asked about the potential for another clash with his rival, Federer said he was exciting for the opportunity to meet Nadal yet again.

"I was nervous, it's OK to admit", he said.

"I was relieved I got through that one", Federer said.

Federer, meanwhile, broke Pole Hubert Hurkacz once in each set for a 6-4 6-4 win in the first career meeting between the pair and was perhaps more bothered by his early start.

Dominic Thiem tamed the big-serving Ivo Karlovic to reach the Indian Wells quarter-finals. EPA
Dominic Thiem tamed the big-serving Ivo Karlovic to reach the Indian Wells quarter-finals. EPA

"Probably played a little bit worse today than yesterday", Nadal said.

He became the first lucky loser to reach the quarterfinals since the tournament achieved Masters 1000 status in 1990.

"It will be amusing that somebody other than Novak is still in", he said of his famous countryman.

"Maybe because of the conditions".

Nishioka retired after losing the first set 6-4, having first sought treatment on court.

The 13th seed will square off against France's Gael Monfils, a 6-0 6-2 victor over Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber, in the quarter-finals on Thursday.

After a day of upsets which saw both world number ones, Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka, exit the singles, things went largely to plan at the Indian Wells Masters in California today.

Raonic will be Kecmanovic's next opponent after the big-serving 13th seed accounted for German Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4 6-3.

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