Nadal beats Verdasco to reach Indian Wells' last 16

Mar 16, 2017, 00:29
Nadal beats Verdasco to reach Indian Wells' last 16

Before watching the upcoming match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, here are a few things worth mentioning to refresh our memories of their storied rivalry. I try to see it really as another opportunity to build upon something for the rest of the season.

"I'm very excited, that's why I came here, play against guys like Rafa".

'So regardless of Australia, winning or losing, I'm going to try to go out there and try to play free again.

"For me to play with Roger, doesn't matter if it was in that early round, I didn't feel it was unlucky for me".

Djokovic admitted that that one stung a little bit, especially as he was riding high holding all four Slam titles at the time. "Important thing, I won, and I won in straight sets", he added.

Pella seized the early initiative, breaking Nadal in the third game.

Edmund, ranked 46th in the world, needed just 65 minutes to get past the 95th-ranked Elias and line up a third career meeting with Djokovic, a five-time victor at Indian Wells who is seeded second this year behind world number one Andy Murray of Britain.

Federer enjoyed the relative cool of an evening match and was back in the locker room before working up a major sweat, easing to a 6-2, 6-1 win over Frenchman Stephane Robert in front of an appreciative capacity crowd of around 16,000.

Nadal knows he'll have to turn up the intensity if he wants to end a hard court title drought stretching back to 2014.

Second seeds Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber are among those in action later on Tuesday.

To add a little more spice, they are joined by former US Open victor Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina, risky Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco, mercurial Australian talent Nick Kyrgios - who shocked Djokovic in Acapulco last week - and tenacious teenager Alexander Zverev, who took Nadal to five sets in Melbourne.

Federer, who won the Australian Open in January, produced a confident display to win 6-2, 6-1 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Only one of the star trio can make it to the semifinals, where fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori or sixth-seeded Marin Cilic could await.

Pliskova next faces Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky, who beat Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (10/8) that produced multiple match points for both players. Evans shocked him four years ago in the first round of the US Open.

"Yeah, I played very well in the first set". "I saw it during the first few games that she wasn't hitting many backhands. So I have to get it in and try to win".

"That's sport, no?" Nadal said.

"The third set was probably the best tennis that I played this year and I'm just glad I was able to pick up my game". "So then you go to a tiebreak and anything can happen".

"I haven't had too many draws like that", Djokovic said.