Federer beats Nadal yet again
|Source: The Hitavada Date: 17 Mar 2017 09:50:49|
ROGER Federer defeated Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-3 at the BNP Paribas Open in a fourth-round match that saw the long-time rivals meeting much earlier in a tournament than usual.
Federer broke Nadal four times in advancing to the quarter-finals in just over an hour.
Although Nadal owns a 23-13 lead in their series, Federer has won the past three in a row, including an epic comeback in the Australian Open final two months ago.
Federer broke Nadal to open the match in front of a packed Stadium 1 crowd. Federer faced just one break point on his serve in the match, but he recovered with a big serve and two winning backhands to go up 2-0 in the first set.
“The main thing he take the break in the first game, and I had break point in the next game and come back and he had a good serve,” Nadal said. “When Roger has the advantage, his serve is so good, he has a lot of confidence with his serve, he’s able to play much more relaxed.”
Nadal wasn’t too shabby either, serving three love games. But Federer’s shot-making was superb, frequently kissing the lines off both sides.
The four-time Indian Wells winner was crafty, too. Leading 5-1, Federer moved in quickly on Nadal’s second serve, surprising the Spaniard, whose forehand sailed long.
Federer’s drop shots were well-timed and even when a scrambling Nadal got to them in time, Federer answered with one of his 26 winners.
The two superstars hadn’t played each other before the quarter-finals of an event since 2004 when they met in the third round at Miami. The match was just the fifth time they weren’t opposing each other in a final.
Another one of tennis’ Big Four went down, too. Novak Djokovic’s 19-match winning streak at the desert tournament ended in a 6-4, 7-6 (3) loss to Nick Kyrgios.
Djokovic joined Nadal and top-ranked Andy Murray, who was upset in the second round.
Djokovic, Federer and Nadal were all in the same quarter of the draw.