Roger Federer Sets Up Rafael Nadal Blockbuster At Indian Wells
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 30, 2017,
Mar 30, 2017, 9:30
Federer had battled past Nadal in a thrilling Australian Open final in January to claim his 18th grand slam.
Australian Open champion Federer was at his brilliant best in a 6-2 6-3 win over Rafael Nadal on Thursday.
Kyrgios beat Federer in their only previous meeting, in Madrid two years ago, and is 1-1 head-to-head with Nadal.
Australian Kyrgios had beaten Djokovic in the quarter-finals in Acapulco nearly two weeks ago in their first career meeting, and repeated the feat on Wednesday to reach the last eight, where he will face Federer.
On the prospect of facing Federer again, Kyrgios said: "Roger is one of my favourite players of all time".
Playing a best-of-three set match against Nadal, "getting in the lead was crucial, and then staying on the offence and pressing was the goal for me".
"I am serving really well".
And just like 2017's first Grand Slam in Melbourne, it was Federer who came away the victor with a brilliant 6-2 6-3 win. Leading 5-1, Federer moved in quickly on Nadal's second serve, surprising the Spaniard, whose forehand sailed long.
Federer fired 12 aces-his fastest serve registering 131 mph-and never faced a break point against Johnson, who reached 136 on the radar gun and fought off all four break points against him.
The pair could not be separated as a tie-break loomed, Djokovic fending off two break points - the second with a passing forehand - in a thrilling 11th game.
Novak Djokovic beat Juan Martin del Potro, while Angelique Kerber, who is set to become world number one, is out. Just wasn't managing to get a lot of balls back on his serve, first and second, as well.
"I know I felt much better on the court".
Federer broke Nadal to open the match, and seized a second break and 4-1 with a blistering backhand service return victor.
Kyrgios prevailed 6-3 6-4 over Alexander Zverev in an entertaining first tour-level meeting between the young guns.
With the loaded bottom quarter the focus of attention, fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan quietly advanced to the fourth round with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Gilles Muller of Luxembourg.
Nishikori booked a date with unseeded American Donald Young, who ousted 14th-seeded Lucas Pouille of France 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.
American Jack Sock saved four match points in a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (9-7) win over Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov. Sock, victor of ATP titles in Auckland and Delray Beach this year, next faces Tunisia's Malek Jaziri, a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victor over 19-year-old American Taylor.