Nishikori advances to quarterfinals at Indian Wells

Nick Kyrgios's, Indian Wells adventure continues after beating world No. 2 Novak Djokovic 6-4 7-6 (3) in their fourth round match of the BNP Paribas Open.

While Federer demolished Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-3 in his Round of 16 match, Kyrgios made light work of world number two Novak Djokovic in straight sets - 6-4, 7-6 to make the progress in the tournament.

After a disappointing Australian Open in January, Kyrgios turned his season around, highlighted by a win against Djokovic en route to the Acapulco semifinals.

"I think it's a great thing for tennis, and it's exciting for Rafa and me", said Federer, a four-time Indian Wells victor.

"I didn't think it was going to be that possible, to be quite honest, because the court is more jumpy here or more rough, let's say, so it's hard to put the ball away".

Playing a best-of-three set match against Nadal, "getting in the lead was crucial, and then staying on the offense and pressing was the goal for me".

"I'm sorry to the fans. but I have to put my health first and I hope you understand". I want to wish Roger the best of the luck for the rest of the tournament´. I will definitely be back'. I love his first serve and I think he hits the lines at will on either side.

Whoever emerges as the victor will play fourth seed Kei Nishikori or American Jack Sock.

"My serve is the best part of my game and I had one of my best serving matches tonight".

He also talked about the fact that, for the first time, Federer has three consecutive victories against him (after his last victories in the recent Australian Open and Basel in 2015). The Australian next faces Roger Federer for a place in the final four. "My mentality is improving, and I am trying really hard to fight for every point and just compete", the Aussie told reporters on Thursday.

Novak Djokovic's 19-match winning streak at the desert tournament ended in a 6-4 7-6 (3) loss to Nick Kyrgios.

"I was going to take a break for who knows, I was talking to my team, like, "I can't really play anymore".

He returned well. But at the same time, it was obvious that I didn't have the right answer for his returns.

Speaking to the crowd, Federer repeated that he's still on the comeback from the knee problems that led him to take time off from tournament play after Wimbledon a year ago.

  • Salvatore Jensen