Rafael Nadal Enters Indian Wells Quarter Finals After Defeating Filip Krajinovic

Paola Ditto
Marzo 16, 2019

One of the great sporting rivalries will be renewed at Indian Wells on Saturday when Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal clash in a semi-final at the BNP Paribas Open, providing the Spaniard's troublesome right knee does not keep him off court.

Following both their victories, the two champions now increased their odds to face each other in the semifinals to fill fans with excitement.

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.

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

Hurkacz, ranked 67th in the world, sent 25th-ranked Canadian Denis Shapovalov packing 7-6 (7/3), 2-6, 6-3.

British number one Edmund booked his spot in the fourth round at the BNP Paribas Open with a straight-sets win against qualifier Radu Albot in Indian Wells.

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.

Roger Federer, seeking a record sixth title in the California desert, needed just 64 minutes to get past Britain's Kyle Edmund 6-1 6-4. "I hope I can get there, but I am not going to underestimate Hurkacz".

Speaking of their first meeting, Federer admitted the conditions of the match were tough but said Edmund still had what it takes to achieve big results. 2 has finally reached the quarter finals of ATP Indian Wells for the first time in three years.

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.

Kecmanovic is the last teen left in the men's draw, after the departure of 19-year-old Shapovalov.

Thiem ended the run of 40-year-old Croatian Ivo Karlovic courtesy of a 6-4 6-3 victory.

"I felt pretty confident on my own service games".

"I think that's also one of the reasons I'm still in the game Hopefully when I play the top guys I am ready for it".

Oddsmakers don't see much of a difference between the two veterans at the moment.

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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