- Roger Federer secured a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Rafael Nadal at Indian Wells
- The match was a repeat of the five-set thriller at 2017 Australian Open final
- Federer set up an Indian Wells quarter-final showdown with Nick Kyrgios
Roger Federer defeated Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-3 at the BNP Paribas Open in a fourth-round match that saw the long-term rivals meet much earlier in a tournament than usual.
Federer set up an Indian Wells quarter-final showdown with Nick Kyrgios after overcoming Nadal in straight sets.
The experienced Swiss tennis star broke Nadal four times in advancing to the quarter-finals in just over an hour in California.
Roger Federer celebrates his BNP Paribas Open fourth-round victory over Rafael Nadal
Nadal, the experienced Spanish tennis star, waves to the California crowd following his loss
Federer shakes the hand of Nadal after securing his progress to the last eight at Indian Wells
Although Nadal owns a 23-13 lead in their series, Federer has won the past three in a row, including an epic comeback in the Australian Open final two months ago.
Federer faced just one break point on his serve in the match, but he recovered with a big serve and two winning backhands to go up 2-0 in the first set.
Nadal wasn’t too shabby either, serving three love games. But Federer’s shotmaking was superb, frequently kissing the lines off both sides.
The four-time Indian Wells winner was crafty, too. Leading 5-1, Federer moved in quickly on Nadal’s second serve, surprising the Spaniard, whose forehand sailed long.
Federer clenches his fist in celebration during his Indian Wells win over Rafael Nadal
The legendary Swiss tennis player has set up a quarter-final clash with Nick Kyrgios
Federer produced some fine tennis to secure straight-sets victory over his long-term rival
Federer’s drop shots were well-timed and even when a scrambling Nadal got to them in time, Federer answered with one of his 26 winners.
The two stars hadn’t played each other before the quarter-finals of an event since 2004 when they met in the third round at Miami.
Wednesday’s match was just the fifth time they weren’t opposing each other in a final.
Nadal went head-to-head with Federer for first time since the 2017 Australian Open final
The Spaniard, pictured returning the ball on Wednesday, was once again beaten by Federer
Federer returns the ball to his opponent during the fourth-round showdown in California