Federer breezes into Indian Wells semis, could face Nadal

Tanya Simon
March 16, 2019

On the tiebreak, I started to go again a little bit higher intensity and tried to push myself to serve faster.

Next up for Nadal is Karen Khachanov, who defeated John Isner 6-4 7-6 (7-1).

The Swiss needed less than an hour to see off compatriot Stan Wawrinka in the prior round and the clock had only just ticked beyond the 60-minute mark before Edmund was dispatched 6-1 6-4.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion served typically smoothly, but Edmund did not let him run away with things in the second set, and saw four break-back points saved.

"I'm going to get a ticket because this is just nice", he said, joking about buying a lottery ticket.

It put an end to Albot's nine-match winning streak, after the 29-year-old Moldovan claimed the maiden tour title of his career at Delray Beach last month. Conditions are tough with the glare, and the jump of the ball is sometimes hard to find the rhythm and timing.

The fourth-seeded Federer has played five fewer sets than Hurkacz, who earned three-set upsets of No. 28 seed Lucas Pouille, No. 6 seed Kei Nishikori and No. 24 seed Denis Shapovalov. You know, I'm playing better.

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I played in general really solid and good in the key moments, like this.

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.

In the evening, Gael Monfils stretched his best start to a season to 15-3 after dominating Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-0, 6-2.

Kecmanovic, who gained entry to the second round when fifth-seeded Kevin Anderson withdrew with an elbow injury, is in his first ATP quarter-final.

"I didn't focus on who was on the other side", Andreescu said.

Raonic sent down 12 aces in his 6-4 6-3 win over German Jan-Lennard Struff to set up a clash with lucky loser Miomir Kecmanovic, the Serbian teenager progressing when Yoshihito Nishioka retired after losing the first set 6-4. Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka, the world's top-ranked players, lost in straight sets.

Kecmanovic is the last teen left in the men's draw, after the departure of 19-year-old Shapovalov.

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