Kyrgios dethrones Djokovic at Indian Wells
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 31, 2017,
Mar 31, 2017, 14:40
Federer dismantled his great rival with a scintillating display in Indian Wells to reach the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open, hitting 26 winners in a 6-2 6-4 success.
Nadal won 80 percent of his first-serve points and three of five break points.
His stylish win over Djokovic was the second time in as many weeks he had beaten the former world number one after also defeating the Serb in Acapulco.
Nick Kyrgios of Australia shows his emotion after a point during his straight set victory against Novak Djokovic of Serbia in their fourth round match during day ten of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 15, 2017 in Indian Wells, California. The Indo-Czech pair, who had won the Cincinnati Open and Toray Pan Pacific Open past year, suffered a 4-6, 4-6 loss against Switzerland's Martina Hingis and Taiwan's Yung-jan Chan in the match that lasted an hour and 20 minutes here.
"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.
Federer has also enjoyed his time at Indian Wells, winning four times with the last triumph coming in 2012. Wozniacki rallied from a 4-2 deficit in the second set to force the tiebreaker, but the former world No. 1 and 2011 Indian Wells victor never led in the tiebreaker.
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.
"I lost two times this year, so today was kind of an important match", Kuznetsova said.
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.
Federer was firmly in control as Nadal served to save the match at 5-3.
"In Australia was a very close match", Nadal said.
She had 40 winners, 40 unforced errors and won the final four games of the match after trailing 3-2.
Federer edged American Steve Johnson 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/4) in a match in which neither player was able to break.
"It was so frustrating", Williams said. "The ranking is just the effect of all the work you put on a daily basis".
In earlier matches, unseeded American Donald Young beat French 14th seed Lucas Pouille 6-4 1-6 6-3 in the men's draw, while Japan's fourth seed Kei Nishikori swept past Frenchman Gilles Muller 6-2 6-2.
Kyrgios prevailed 6-3 6-4 over Alexander Zverev in an entertaining first tour-level meeting between the young guns.