Indian Wells: Federer, Nadal in quarters

Ross Houston
March 16, 2019

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer breezed past their fourth round opponents on Wednesday to move the two tennis legends one step closer to a semifinal matchup in the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

Nadal was up first in a rare 11am match, but the early start didn't bother the Spaniard who did lose his serve but really had no trouble against the Serb qualifier Filip Krajinovic in a 6-3, 6-4 win.

Nadal commented "I probably played a little bit worse today than yesterday", adding "but in general terms [it's] been a positive victory again".

Federer continued his dominance over Wawrinka with a straightforward 6-3 6-4 victory.

Afterwards, in a clear indication of her confidence, Andreescu said: "For me, the sky's the limit".

Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam champion who captured his 100th career title at Dubai last month, overcame breezy conditions on stadium court and a hungry Hurkacz - a 22-year-old ranked 67th in the world who was playing in his first Masters 1000 quarter-final and just the second quarter-final of his career. He's one of the best tennis players, great champion. "Maybe because of the conditions". According to William Hill, Federer is a 1/14 favorite to advance past Hurkacz, while Nadal (1/5) is believed to be in a slightly more competitive match.

Federer got the decisive break in the 5th game, but he had to save 4 break points in the last 2 service games before winning 6-1 6-4 in 63 minutes.

The 130rd-ranked Kecmanovic only got a spot in the draw when Kevin Anderson withdrew.

"It will be amusing that somebody other than Novak is still in", Kecmanovic said of top-ranked Djokovic, his famous countryman who was upset on Tuesday.

"I'm going to get a ticket because this is just nice", he said, joking about buying a lottery ticket.

Federer will face Hurkacz for the first time in the quarterfinals.

The 13 seed will square off against either France's Gael Monfils or Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber in the quarter-finals on Thursday.

Djokovic's loss came on the same day that women's world number one Naomi Osaka saw her title defense hopes dashed, falling 6-3 6-1 to Belinda Bencic.

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