Indian Wells | Federer Beats Nadal And Kyrgios Overcomes Djokovic

Ross Houston
March 30, 2017

He said on Sky Sports 1: "It feels good, I knew what I had to do today, it was always going to be tough, he is a great champion. Anything else but a finals, it nearly doesn't matter which round it would be".

The second is equally impressive as Federer turned on the style for match point with a stunning return of the serve right in the corner that even left Nadal looking a little bemused.

It will be the first time since their first meeting in 2004 that the two superstars have met before the quarter-finals of a tournament, but Federer said that didn't dim his anticipation of a 36th encounter with Nadal.

Fourteen-times grand slam victor Nadal, 30, was comfortable as usual in the California desert, dismissing compatriot Verdasco to keep his Round of 16 date with the Swiss maestro.

"It's a nice feeling to win the last three, I can tell you that", Federer told reporters.


“The main thing he take the break in the first game, and I had break point in the next game and come back and he had a good serve, ” Nadal said.

Federer will now take on Australia's Nick Kyrgios, who defeated world number two Djokovic to reach the quarter-finals at Indian Wells for the first time.

Japan's fourth-seeded Nishikori erased a 4-1 second-set deficit to put away American Donald Young 6-2, 6-4.

Carreno Busta edged Pablo Cuevas 6-1 3-6 7-6 (7-4) in the first quarter-final on Friday (AEDT) with Wawrinka outlasting Thiem 6-4 4-6 7-6 (7-2).

American Jack Sock saved four match points in a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (9-7) win over Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.


Two more breaks followed in the second set, the second of which sealed the win, with match point being converted with another sizzling backhand victor.

Federer took control from the outset against Nadal, breaking in the opening game before a blistering backhand victor saw him go 4-1 up.

Venus Williams advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2001 with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 victory over Shuai Peng, the last remaining qualifier in the draw. She had 40 winners, 40 unforced errors and won the final four games of the match after trailing 3-2.

"It's just another match for me I have to get ready for tomorrow".

Also joining Kyrgios in the quarterfinals were No. 4 seed Kei Nishikori, who defeated Donald Young 6-2, 6-4; 17th-seeded Jack Sock, a 4-6, 7-6 (1), 7-5 victor over Malek Jaziri; No. 21 Pablo Carreno Busta, who beat qualifier Dusan Lajovic; and No. 27 Pablo Cuevas, who outlasted 11th-seeded David Goffin 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. The Austrian beat France's Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-2.


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