The highly anticipated match-up between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal turned out to be a one-sided affair in the quarterfinals of the 2017 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. The rivalry saw their 36th match-up and with the Swiss Maestro earning the easy 6-2, 6-3 victory.
Nadal still leads their head-to-head career meeting, 23-13. However, Federer has dominated the series at this point of their rivalry winning three straight matches. Federer defeated Nadal in the final of the 2015 Swiss Indoors Basel, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 and in the most recent Grand Slam, the 2017 Australian Open final, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.
3 straight for Federer over Nadal
The Indian Wells meeting was the first Federer vs. Nadal match since their unexpected and classic five-set match-up in the championship round in Melbourne, Australia. This is also the first time the rivals met this early in the tournament since 2004. Because they have fallen off in the rankings they were seeded lower in this tournament.
Federer finished off Nadal in just 68 minutes and gave up just five games to his rival. The Swiss broke the Spanish ace’s serve four times in the match. Federer talked about his recent winning streak against Nadal and said that he’s happy with the feat.
“It’s a nice feeling to win the last three. I can tell you that. After the Australian hype, to play here in America right away, all of them are very special,” Federer stated via the tournament’s official website.
“All the matches that we have played are unique in many ways for both of us, winning or losing. So I take it. Obviously can’t celebrate too long this time around. I have to get back to work in a couple of days.”
Roger Federer looking for fifth title in Indian Wells
Federer has won the Indian Wells title four times in his career. He will face Nick Kyrgios in the semifinals after the Australian upset World No. 2 Novak Djokovic in their own quarterfinals match-up.
Federer warned that Kyrgios is playing well at this point of his career. The controversial Australian had beaten Djokovic two straight times including the tournament in Acapulco recently.
“I’m very impressed him taking out Novak, back-to-back weeks, on Novak’s best surface. I hope it’s going to lead to something great for Nick. That he realizes if he puts his head down and focuses that he can bring it day in and day out, week in and week out,” Federer stated about Kyrgios.
“That’s maybe going to take a bit more time, but just that he can run through tournaments, that’s why he can win tournaments, because when it matters the most against the best and in finals, he’s there. Eventually he will need that, but that’s a great quality to have already now.”
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