Roger Federer v Rafael Nadal At Indian Wells Wednesday, Who's The Pick?

Nadal, seeded fifth, won 6-3 7-5 and will next face long-time rival Federer or American Steve Johnson.

But he's got a monumental task in Indian Wells, where he anchors a bottom quarter that also includes four-time champion Roger Federer, and three-time victor Rafael Nadal.

Pliskova, a 2016 semi-finalist, will play French Open victor Garbine Muguruza, who beat Elina Svitolina 7-6 (7-5), 1-6, 6-0 and ended the Ukrainian's 15-match win streak. The two have had a number of exciting encounters at the Masters 1000 tournaments and their match at the Indian Wells Masters will be expected to be as exciting as the Australian Open final a few months ago which Federer won.

The world No 2, who has not been beaten at this tournament since a defeat to Del Potro in 2013, got the better of his opponent this time around, winning 7-5, 4-6, 6-1.

"I didn't try to do fantastic things. So I think the match will be played a bit different", he added. I think that's the most incredible thing about his game.

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Among Thursday's matches, Italy's Paolo Lorenzi downed Robin Haase of the Netherlands to book a first-round meeting with third-seeded Swiss Stan Wawrinka. To add to the excitement, the victor of the match between Nadal and Federer will take on either Djokovic or Kyrgios in the quarter-finals.

The 46th-ranked Edmund served for the second set at 5-3, but world number two Djokovic broke him en route to a 6-4, 7-6 (7/5) triumph.

While Nadal and Tomic are out of the running in the doubles at Indian Wells, Australian Nick Kyrgios and Serbian Nenad Zimonjic are through to the quarter-finals.

"I played much better than the first day".

Novak Djokovic in action against Kyle Edmund at the Indian Wells Masters tennis. Like Federer, Nadal has also not lost a single set in the Indian Wells so far.

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Venus Williams advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2001 with a 3-6 6-1 6-3 victory over Shuai Peng, the last remaining qualifier in the draw.

Donald Young upset French 14th seed Lucas Pouille 6-4 1-6 6-3 but Taylor Fritz was knocked out of the tournament by Tunisian Malek Jaziri 6-4 3-6 6-3.

Federer did not feature in second half of the season previous year due to knee problems, but the Swiss ace has been in great form since his return. I try to focus on my next round, and not look beyond that.

But Djokovic said he can not afford to think about a possible quarter-final clash with either of his long-time rivals with 2009 US Open champion del Potro, a 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 victor over fellow Argentinian Federico del Bonis, coming up.

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