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Federer and Nadal roll into quarters at Indian Wells

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INDIAN WELLS — Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal remained on course for a mouthwatering semi-final clash at the BNP Paribas Open with straightforward fourth-round victories in the California desert on Wednesday.

Federer needed just over an hour to dispatch Briton Kyle Edmund 6-1 6-4 in their first career meeting and reach the quarter-finals on a sunny and breezy day in Indian Wells.

Next up for the 20-times Grand Slam champion is another unknown quantity in Pole Hubert Hurkacz, who defeated Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov 7-6(3) 2-6 6-3 earlier in the day to set up his first career meeting with the Swiss Master.

Nadal, 17 times a Grand Slam winner, ruthlessly put an end to Serbian qualifier Filip Krajinovic’s run at the tournament, converting three of his four break point opportunities to advance 6-3 6-4.

Neither Federer or Nadal have dropped a set in their three matches at Indian Wells, a tournament Federer has won five times and Nadal three.

In other fourth-round action, hard-hitting Canadian Milos Raonic saved all three of Jan-Lennard Struff’s break point opportunities to down the German 6-4 6-3.




The 13th seed will square off against either France’s Gael Monfils or Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber in the quarter-finals on Thursday.

Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu crushed two-times Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza 6-0 6-1 to advance to the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Wednesday.

The 18-year-old tournament wildcard won 83 percent of her first serve points, more than double that of the 20th-seeded Spaniard, and converted five of her seven break-point opportunities in the 52-minute blow out.

Andreescu smashed a forehand winner on her first match point to seal the win and smiled before shaking the hand of the 2016 French Open and 2017 Wimbledon champion. — Reuters