Roger Federer knocked out arch-rival Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-3 in the fourth round at the BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells on Wednesday.
This was the second meeting of the season between the two tennis heavyweights after the blockbuster Australian open final in January, which Federer won 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.
The Swiss maestro, a four-time champion of the tournament will face Nick Kyrgios in the Quarterfinals, who defeated three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic 6-4 7-6 (7-3) at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Highlights from the Federer-Nadal matchup:
Federer broke Nadal four times in the game which lasted just 67 minutes.
In the first set, Federer snatched a break to open the match. However, the Spaniard survived the break point on the Swiss’s serve. But then Federer struck a big serve and two winning backhands to go up 2-0 in the first set.
The seventh-seed, Federer continued to pull off the backhands in his fifth of the first set followed by an intense wrong-footing forehand winner to capture a break point on Nadal’s serve at 3-1.
Federer sealed the opening set in style, throwing back-to-back forehand winners to take two set points and clinched the set on his first with a serve-volley winner 6-2 after 34 minutes.
Learning from the AO final second set, Nadal started strong as he held on to love with a forehand winner and an ace out wide for 1-0. But the already overpowering Feder took control when he broke early for 2-1.
Federer Held to love for 4-3 off an ace out wide and waited for Nadal to lose control out of pressure. Consequently, Nadal, on his serve shot a forehand which went straight into the nets handing Federer two match points.
After the disappointing match, Nadal said that in Australia it was a very close match and he had good chances to win. Today, not. Today Federer played better than him. Nadal admitted he didn’t play his best match and Federer played well.
“These kind of matches, when you’re not playing your match, are impossible to win,” said Nadal.
The 35-year-old Federer will see 21-year-old Nick Kyrgios in QF to mark their second encounter. Kyrgios won the first in Madrid 2015.