Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal roll into quarters; teenagers Andreescu, Kecmanovic win

Aubrey Yates
March 16, 2019

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer breezed past their fourth round opponents on Wednesday to move the two tennis legends one step closer to a semifinal matchup in the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

World No. 2 Nadal overpowered Serbian qualifier Filip Krajinovic 6-3, 6-4 to book his quarter-final berth in one hour and 26 minutes.

"Probably played a little bit worse today than yesterday", Nadal said of his performance.

After stunning Kei Nishikori for a second time in three weeks, the Pole bounced Denis Shapovalov on Wednesday in three sets 7-6 (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 big-serving 2012 Indian Wells finalist will face Russian Karen Khachanov after he defeated countryman Andrey Rublev 7-5 6-3 in their fourth round match.

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.

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I hope I can get there but I am not going to underestimate Hurkacz. 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.

Awaiting Raonic in today's quarterfinals is 19-year-old Miomir Kecmanovic who earned a retirement from Yoshihito Nishioka. To watch that Wimbledon one live was such a privilege I will never forget.

Kecmanovic became the first lucky loser to reach the quarter-finals since the tournament achieved Masters 1000 status in 1990.

Kecmanovic got into the main draw when world No.6 Kevin Anderson withdrew before his opening match with an elbow injury. However, the 37-year-old Federer has been resurgent in recent years, winning the last five matches between the two - all five of which took place on hard courts.

"I felt like every time I was trying something different she was coming up with better shots", Muguruza said.

At the other end of the age spectrum, 40-year-old Croatian Ivo Karlovic's run came to an end with a 6-4, 6-3 loss to 25-year-old seventh seed Dominic Thiem. "Maybe take some rhythm away from Stan, like I always try to do, but you can't always make it work".

His sloppy play did not diminish the 35-year-old Kohlschreiber's joy at defeating a number one ranked player for the first time in his long career, however.

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