Federer, Nadal win to set up early showdown at Indian Wells

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 16 Mar 2017 09:23:50


INDIAN WELLS,

Mar 15,

(AP),

ROGER Federer edged Steve Johnson 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4) in a hard-serving duel at the BNP Paribas Open, setting up a fourth-round match against Rafael Nadal.
Federer fired 12 aces—his fastest serve registering 131 mph—and never faced a break point against Johnson, who reached 136 on the radar gun and fought off all four break points against him.


Nadal advanced with a 6-3, 7-5 win against 26th-seeded Fernando Verdasco for his 50th career victory at the desert tournament, where he’s won three titles but none since 2013.
Five-time Indian Wells winner Novak Djokovic defeated 2013 finalist Juan Martin del Potro 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 and next faces Nick Kyrgios in the same quarter of the draw as Federer and Nadal.
On the women’s side, No. 2 seed Angelique Kerber lost to 14th-seeded Elena Vesnina 6-3, 6-3 in the fourth round.


Sania-Barbara lose INDIA’S Sania Mirza and her women’s doubles partner Barbara Strycova crashed out after going down in straight sets in their quarter-finals. The Indo-Czech pair, who had won the Cincinnati Open and Toray Pan Pacific Open last year, suffered a 4-6, 4-6 loss against Switzerland’s Martina Hingis and Taiwan’s Yung-jan Chan in the match that lasted an hour and 20 minutes here.