Monday, 25 March, 2019

Nadal, Federer untroubled in Indian Wells

Roger Federer Indian Wells: Roger Federer beats Kyle Edmund to reach quarter-finals
Rita Gibson | 16 March, 2019, 23:42

At the tournament in the United States, which is a Masters 1000 event and widely considered as one of the biggest events outside of the four Grand Slams, 37-year-old Federer eased through with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Great Britain's Kyle Edmund. The two don't have a deep history of playing one another though and this match could go either way.

"I'm really happy about it, especially since I didn't really do anything before this", he said.

The top half was rocked by the upsets of top-ranked Novak Djokovic and No. 3 seed Alexander Zverev on Tuesday.

The 19-year-old Canadian, seeded 24th, took on Poland's Hubert Hurkacz, who socked sixth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan in the third round. "He's got everything in the game".

The 18-year-old tournament wildcard won 83 percent of her first serve points, more than double that of the 20-seeded Spaniard, and converted five of her seven break-point opportunities in the 52-minute blow out.

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

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Nadal will now face Karen Khachanov in the quarterfinals. She reached her third semi-final of the season after a run to the final in Auckland and the last four in Acapulco.

Roger Federer has spilled the beans on the one thing Rod Laver has over him - and it has nothing to do with tennis. "I think he's the best athlete we have on tour". "And it is not always that easy to get to the semis or finals of Masters 1000s [tournaments]".

Federer and Nadal have met 38 times, with Nadal winning 23 of those encounters.

But the Swiss great had to fight off three break points as he served for the match before getting the job done on his first match point.

Kecmanovic, ranked 130th in the world, had taken the first set against Yoshihito Nishioka 6-4 when the 74th-ranked Japanese retired because of injury.

Oddsmakers don't see much of a difference between the two veterans at the moment. Meanwhile, Elina Svitolina (9/4) is favored to take down the women's crown ahead of Belinda Bencic (11/4) and Angelique Kerber (7/2).

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