Nadal Wins in Straight Sets to Reach Indian Wells Quarters

Rex Christensen
March 16, 2019

Roger Federer of Switzerland returns a shot to Kyle Edmund of Great Britain during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Thursday in Indian Wells, California.

"It will be amusing that somebody other than Novak is still in", Kecmanovic said in reference to top-ranked countryman Djokovic.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion served typically smoothly, but Edmund did not let him run away with things in the second set, and saw four break-back points saved.

Roger Federer beat British number one Kyle Edmund to reach the quarter-finals at Indian Wells. "It's small gaps", Nadal said about the upsets.

Federer's win, his 65th at Indian Wells, sees him advance to a last-eight meeting with the unheralded Hubert Hurkacz, who knocked out 24th seed Denis Shapovalov earlier on Wednesday.

Krajinovic will be a big underdog when he faces Spain's world number two Rafa Nadal, who crushed Argentine Diego Schwartzman 6-3 6-1 on the showcase court to reach the last 16.

World number 113 Krajinovic was aiming to become the first qualifier in 16 years to make the last eight at this tournament, but he was simply outclassed by the 17-time major victor.

"I was relieved I got through that one", Federer said. "I think for me the plan worked".

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"I'm going to get a ticket because this is just nice", he said, joking about buying a lottery ticket.

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.

Kecmanovic will square off with Canadian 13th seed Raonic for a spot in the semi-finals.

At the other end of the age spectrum, 40-year-old Croatian Ivo Karlovic took on 25-year-old seventh seed Dominic Thiem of Austria.

"Amazing is an understatement", said Andreescu, who is playing her first season as a professional.

"I felt pretty confident on my own service games". I was able to mix up my game, cover my serve, be risky on the return.

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

Andreescu will face the victor of the match between Ukrainian Elina Svitolina and Czech Marketa Vondrousova in the semi-finals of the tournament.

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