Sunday, 24 March, 2019

BNP Paribas Open: Champions Nadal, Federer reach quarterfinals

Tennis BNP Paribas Open Day 9 Indian Wells: Roger Federer beats Kyle Edmund to reach quarter-finals
Shannon Reynolds | 16 March, 2019, 23:42

In another upset during the day session Russian 14th seed Daniil Medvedev fell 6-3 6-2 to Serbia's world number 113 Filip Krajinovic.

In the women's quarterfinals, Canada's 18-year-old Bianca Andreescu had an overwhelming 6-0, 6-1 victory over Spain's two-time Grand Slam victor Garbine Muguruza in 52 minutes to make her maiden Premier Mandatory semifinal. Muguruza said the overall quality of Andreescu's game was just too much. "It's small gaps", Nadal said about the upsets.

"I think I can speak on behalf of all the players, it's always such a pleasure when the legends come out to watch the current generation play".

Kecmanovic presses on A day after world No. 1 Novak Djokovic tumbled out of the third round, 19-year-old Miomir Kecmanovic kept the Serbian flag flying.

Roger Federer overcame the challenge of Kyle Edmund to reach the quarter-finals of the Indian Wells Masters with a straight-sets victory on Wednesday.

In other fourth-round action, hard-hitting Canadian Milos Raonic saved all three of Jan-Lennard Struff's break point opportunities to down the German 6-4 6-3.

"I was relieved I got through that one", Federer said.

Raonic broke serve once in each set and fired down 12 aces in the 74-minute match.

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

Born in Canada, Andreescu first took up tennis at age 7 in Romania, where her parents worked. "Is true that for the last 10 years didn't happen very often".

Federer has never before faced Hurkacz, who is in unchartered territory after reaching the last eight of a Masters 1000 for the first time.

Nadal will now face Karen Khachanov in the quarterfinals.

Krajinovic hadn't dropped a set in winning his first three main-draw matches after two wins in qualifying to get into the $8.3 million event.

Nadal commented "I probably played a little bit worse today than yesterday", adding "but in general terms [it's] been a positive victory again".

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.

Dominic Thiem defeated Ivo Karlovic 6-4, 6-3 and will play Gael Monfils, a 6-0, 6-2 victor of the late match against Philipp Kohlschreiber.

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