Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
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Federer and Nadal roll into quarters at Indian Wells - Omni Sports

Federer and Nadal roll into quarters at Indian Wells - Omni Sports

Monfils will take on No. 7 seed Dominic Thiem who knocked down giant Ivo Karlovic 6-4, 6-3. Serena Williams was the last in her return to the desert in 2015. To watch that Wimbledon one live was such a privilege I will never forget. When asked about the potential for another clash with his rival, Federer said he was exciting for the opportunity to meet Nadal yet again.

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

The 24-year-old, now ranked 23 in the world, won 84% of his first-serve points to triumph 6-3 6-3 in an hour and 14 minutes.

Kecmanovic became the first lucky loser to reach the quarter-finals since the tournament achieved Masters 1000 status in 1990.

"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.

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.

Raonic will be Kecmanovic's next opponent after the big-serving 13th seed accounted for German Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4 6-3.

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.

Nadal is one of the greatest tennis players of all time, with 17 grand slam titles to his name - just three behind Roger Federer on 20.

I hope I can get there but I am not going to underestimate Hurkacz.

"He's got everything in the game".

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

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

"Maybe because of the conditions".

The multiple Grand Slam champions both won their quarter-finals on Friday, although Nadal in particular had to work hard to overcome Russian Karen Khachanov 7-6 (2) 7-6 (2) in a match during which he required treatment on the knee.

Dominic Thiem defeated Ivo Karlovic 6-4, 6-3 and will play the victor of the late fourth-round match between Philipp Kohlschreiber or Gael Monfils.

The upsets weren't limited to the men's draw.

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.

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