Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Federer wins quarter-final at Indian Wells, on track to meet Nadal

Federer wins quarter-final at Indian Wells, on track to meet Nadal

Tennis icons Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer snatched on Wednesday tickets to the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

Following both their victories, the two champions now increased their odds to face each other in the semifinals to fill fans with excitement.

Federer dispatched British player Kyle Edmund 6-1, 6-4 in just over an hour, while Nadal scored a 6-3, 6-4 win over qualifier Filip Krajinovic. "It's one of these victories today I'm really proud of", Nadal told reporters, declining to absolutely guarantee that he would be okay to play on Saturday.

Hurkacz, ranked 67th in the world, sent 25th-ranked Canadian Denis Shapovalov packing 7-6 (7/3), 2-6, 6-3.

If Nadal won his next match of Indian Wells 2019 then he would get a chance to perform against Swiss superstar and five-time Indian Wells title victor Roger Federer in the semifinals.

The multiple Grand Slam champions both won their quarter-finals on Friday, although Nadal in particular had to work hard to overcome Russian Karen Khachanov 7-6 (2) 7-6 (2) in a match during which he required treatment on the knee.

After cruising to a 6-1 6-4 win over the 22nd seed Kyle Edmund, Federer thanked Laver - and fellow great Pete Sampras - for watching along at the Californian tournament. 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. "They warned me they were going to put me on at 11.00 (a.m.)".

"I hope I can get there", Federer said, "but I'm not going to underestimate Hubert".

A day after world number one Novak Djokovic tumbled out of the third round, 19-year-old Miomir Kecmanovic kept the Serbian flag flying. "I think she moves good, and I have to be ready", Svitolina said.

Kecmanovic became the first lucky loser to reach the last eight at Indian Wells since the ATP's Masters 1000 series launched in 1990. The 27-year-old Serb got into the main draw when Kevin Anderson withdrew before his opening match with an elbow injury.

"I felt pretty confident on my own service games".

Oddsmakers don't see much of a difference between the two veterans at the moment.

The second-seeded Nadal is 5-0 against Khachanov, including a 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (3) win in four hours, 23 minutes at the 2018 US Open.

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