Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, inch closer to epic clash

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, inch closer to epic clash

His nervousness against the 20-time Grand Slam champion was evident and despite the second set being a closer affair, it was the Swiss superstar who booked his place in a 13th Indian Wells quarter-final.

"He's been around for so many years and he doesn't really get overwhelmed by the occasion of playing on center court", he told reporters.

Standing in the way to her first Indian Wells final is Ukraine's sixth seed Elina Svitolina, who managed a comeback victory 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 over Czech Marketa Vondrousova later on Wednesday.

Nadal was up first in a rare 11am match, but the early start didn't bother the Spaniard who did lose his serve but really had no trouble against the Serb qualifier Filip Krajinovic in a 6-3, 6-4 win. I was able to mix up my game, cover my serve, be risky on the return.

"It will be amusing that somebody other than Novak is still in", he said of his famous countryman.

"The difference between players is not huge".

Kecmanovic got into the main draw when world No.6 Kevin Anderson withdrew before his opening match with an elbow injury. "It's small gaps", Nadal said about the upsets.

Raonic sent down 12 aces in his 6-4 6-3 win over German Jan-Lennard Struff to set up a clash with lucky loser Miomir Kecmanovic, the Serbian teenager progressing when Yoshihito Nishioka retired after losing the first set 6-4.

"It's true that for the last 10 years didn't happen very often".

The second-seeded Nadal is 5-0 against Khachanov, including a 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (3) win in four hours, 23 minutes at the 2018 US Open. It's just a matter of keeping improving, keep plugging away, and then he will make big results again.

Federer will face Hurkacz for the first time in the quarterfinals.

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

After a day of upsets which saw both world number ones, Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka, exit the singles, things went largely to plan at the Indian Wells Masters in California today.

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.

"Maybe because of the conditions".

His rival in the quarterfinals will be Russian Karen Khachanov who beat American John Isner 6-4 and 7-6 on Wednesday.

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