Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Roger Federer dominates Rafael Nadal at Indian Wells

Roger Federer dominates Rafael Nadal at Indian Wells

Roger Federer reprised his Australian Open triumph over Rafael Nadal yesterday morning (Singapore time), beating the Spaniard 6-2, 6-3 to reach the last eight of the ATP Indian Wells Masters.

That victory set up a match with Australian Open champion Federer, but Kyrgios revealed that he is suffering from a suspected bout of food poisoning.

He will advance to the semifinals on a walkover and will face the victor of the quarterfinal match Friday afternoon between No. 17 Jack Sock of the US and No. 4 Kei Nishikori of Japan.

"(But) it's just another match for me. I'm sorry to the fans but I have to put my health first and I hope you understand.

"I think the six months off a year ago was really hard", Federer said.

In Acapulco, Kyrgios fired 25 aces to bring a premature end to Djokovic's first tournament since a shock second-round exit at the US Open.

The Australian tennis player won 6-4 7-6 and forced the reigning champion of this tournament to pass the crown to a new victor. However this week, he will just have one day off before he returns to the court to take on Novak Djokovic's conqueror Nick Kyrgios in the quarter-finals.

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Kyrgios announced his arrival on the world stage with a thunderous fourth-round win over Nadal in 2014 on Wimbledon's hallowed centre court before upending Federer on clay in Madrid the following year.

"If Nick wins that match and comes out of this quarter, I believe that it signals a real shift in the power and direction of men's tennis".

"It's just I want to see them play, you know, (smiling). That's maybe going to take a bit more time".

Williams needed three sets to win two of her first three matches at Indian Wells, where she was playing for the second time after a 15-year boycott because of a hostile crowd reaction she received in 2001 after withdrawing with an injury from a semifinal against younger sister Serena.

"That was the best thing I could have done, come back and be with the boys, and I found some enjoyment practicing again", he said.

But he's had to battle to get this far in Indian Wells, where he saved four match points against Grigor Dimitrov in the third round and was two points away from defeat against Malek Jaziri in the fourth.

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