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Posted at: Mar 15, 2019, 8:15 AM; last updated: Mar 15, 2019, 8:15 AM (IST)

Federer, Nadal ease into quarterfinals

Indian Wells, March 14

Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal remained on course for a mouthwatering semifinal clash at the BNP Paribas Open with straightforward fourth-round victories on Wednesday. Federer needed just over an hour to dispatch Briton Kyle Edmund 6-1 6-4 in their first career meeting and reach the quarterfinals on a sunny and breezy day.

Next up for the 20-time Grand Slam champion is another unknown quantity in Pole Hubert Hurkacz, who defeated Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov 7-6(3) 2-6 6-3. Nadal, 17 times a Grand Slam winner, ruthlessly put an end to Serbian qualifier Filip Krajinovic’s run at the tournament, converting three of his four break-point opportunities to advance 6-3 6-4. Neither Federer or Nadal have dropped a set in their three matches at Indian Wells, a tournament Federer has won five times and Nadal three.

Hard-hitting Milos Raonic beat Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4 6-3, while Gael Monfils registered a 6-2 6-0 win over Philipp Kohlschreiber, who upset world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the previous round. Seventh seed Dominic Thiem beat big-serving Ivo Karlovic 6-4 6-3, while 12th seed Karen Khachanov stunned home favourite and eighth seed John Isner 6-4 6-7(1).

Muguruza upset by teenager

Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu crushed two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza 6-0 6-1 to advance to the semifinals.

The 18-year-old tournament wildcard won 83 percent of her first serve points, more than double that of 

the 20th-seeded Spaniard. Andreescu has grown familiar with victory of late with Wednesday’s success her 26th win of the year, the most of any WTA player. World No. 60 next faces sixth seed Elina Svitolina. — Reuters


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