Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer edge closer to semi-final showdown

Annette Crawford
March 16, 2019

"Second set, it was definitely better".

Philipp Kohlschreiber stunned Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-4 in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday, sending the world number one tumbling out of a tournament he had won five times.

"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".

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.

Speaking of their first meeting, Federer admitted the windy conditions of the match were tough but said Edmund still had what it takes to achieve great things in the future.

In the semifinals, the teenager will play sixth-seed Elina Svitolina, who beat Marketa Vondrousova 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. "I hope I can get there, but I am not going to underestimate Hurkacz".

Nadal, 17 times a Grand Slam victor, 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.

The 37-year-old Swiss will be up against a newcomer to the tournament quarterfinals, Poland's Hubert Hurkacz, who ousted 24th seed Denis Shapovalov of Canada 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-3. "It's small gaps", Nadal said about the upsets.

Kecmanovic became the first lucky loser to reach the last eight at Indian Wells since the ATP's Masters 1000 series launched in 1990. I was able to mix up my game, cover my serve, be unsafe on the return.

"It will be amusing that somebody other than Novak is still in", Kecmanovic said of top-ranked Djokovic, his famous countryman who was upset on Tuesday.

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

"Maybe because of the conditions".

Kecmanovic got into the main draw when world No.6 Kevin Anderson withdrew before his opening match with an elbow injury.

Kecmanovic next plays 13th-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic, who beat Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 6-3.

The Russian advanced with an impressive victory over home favourite John Isner 6-4, 7-6.

The 13th seed will square off against France's Gael Monfils, a 6-0 6-2 victor over Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber, in the quarter-finals on Thursday. Naomi Osaka, the world's top-ranked woman, also lost in straight sets a day earlier.

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