Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Federer, Nadal on track for Indian Wells clash

Federer, Nadal on track for Indian Wells clash

The second-seeded Nadal is 5-0 against Khachanov, including a 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (3) win in four hours, 23 minutes at the 2018 US Open.

The world number two will face Karen Khachanov in the quarters, after the Russian saw off John Isner of the United States, 6-4, 7-6 (1).

He will face world number 67 Hubert Hurkacz next after the Pole beat 24th seed Denis Shapovalov 7-6 (7-3) 2-6 6-3.

"He didn't have the best start, so that cost him the first set", Federer said.

Khachanov feels confident as he lost to Nadal just in four sets at the US Open: "I think it was one of the best matches from previous year and in general, maybe, like, in terms of fight, spirit, intensity, the rallies, the atmosphere. For me, at a top level, I like it that I'm not playing the same guys every single week". "I hope I can get there, but I am not going to underestimate Hurkacz".

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. I have never played him before other than practice.

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"I'm really happy about it, especially since I didn't really do anything before this", said Kecmanovic, who will take on Canada's 13th-seeded Milos Raonic in the quarters.

Standing in the way to her first Indian Wells final is Ukraine's sixth seed Elina Svitolina, who managed a comeback victory 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 over Czech Marketa Vondrousova later on Wednesday. "That's where I got my good feeling and my good tennis and also the good physical health back".

Edmund suffered a 6-1 6-4 defeat to Federer in their last-16 match at the Masters 1000 event in the Californian desert.

Dominic Thiem defeated Ivo Karlovic 6-4, 6-3 and will play Gael Monfils, a 6-0, 6-2 victor of the late match against Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Kecmanovic, who gained entry to the second round when fifth-seeded Kevin Anderson withdrew with an elbow injury, is in his first ATP quarterfinal. Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka, the world's top-ranked players, lost in straight sets.

Awaiting Raonic in today's quarterfinals is 19-year-old Miomir Kecmanovic who earned a retirement from Yoshihito Nishioka.

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