Past champions Nadal, Federer advance at Indian Wells

15 March, 2019, 06:30 | Author: Ginger Lawrence
  • Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates a point against Filip Krajinovic of Serbia

Both won in awesome fashion under the bright desert sun.

Nadal did not face a solitary break point, won 81 per cent of points on his first serve and returned superbly as he cruised through.

British number one Edmund booked his spot in the fourth round at the BNP Paribas Open with a straight-sets win against qualifier Radu Albot in Indian Wells.

But he was more than a match for 113th-ranked Krajinovic, breaking him early in each set and saving the only break point he faced in the one hour, 26-minute match. "Second set, it was definitely better". So then I stopped a little bit the game, changing the rhythm of the point more times, and I think that worked well for me.

"Being able to belt the ball like he does needs either a good start or good conditions, and he didn't quite find that".

Nadal will face off against the unsafe Karen Khachanov who after a slow start to the year is finding his footing.

Thiem ended the run of 40-year-old Croatian Ivo Karlovic courtesy of a 6-4 6-3 victory.

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Elsewhere, Hubert Hurkacz upset Nishikori 4-6 6-4 6-3 to set up a meeting with Denis Shapovalov.

Although he'll be an overwhelming favorite against Hurkacz, Federer said he wouldn't take a semi-final meeting with Nadal for granted. "Kyle, the same thing".

"I am happy by the way that I played". Nadal has the experience and the skill advantage in the match and I see him getting his 6th win over Karen Khachanov. "For me, at a top level, I like it that I'm not playing the same guys every single week".

"I know what he can do", Federer said. "It was 11 days of good practice".

"I think I played a very solid match".

Swiss Roger Federer, a five times Indian Wells champion, has qualified for the quarterfinals of the Indian Wells tournament, the first Masters 1000 of the season, by defeating the UK's Kyle Edmund 6-1 and 6-4 in 64 minutes.

Raonic sent down 12 aces in his 6-4 6-3 win over German Jan-Lennard Struff to set up a clash with lucky loser Miomir Kecmanovic, the Serbian teenager progressing when Yoshihito Nishioka retired after losing the first set 6-4.

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