Friday, 22 March, 2019

Federer too good for Edmund en route to last eight

Rafael Nadal of Spain returns a shot to Filip Krajinovic of Serbia at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Wednesday Indian Wells: Roger Federer beats Kyle Edmund to reach quarter-finals
Cassandra Castillo | 16 March, 2019, 23:40

Fourth-seeded Federer, seeking a record sixth Indian Wells title, next faces Britain's Kyle Edmund, a 6-3, 6-3 victor over Macedonian qualifier Radu Albot.

Following both their victories, the two champions now increased their odds to face each other in the semifinals to fill fans with excitement.

Andreescu will get a shot at another top-10 player in the semi-finals, after sixth-ranked Elina Svitolina clawed out a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over another red-hot teen - Marketa Vondrousova of Czech Republic.

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.

"I think I can speak on behalf of all the players, it's always such a pleasure when the legends come out to watch the current generation play".

Born in Canada, Andreescu first took up tennis at age 7 in Romania, where her parents worked.

"Overall I'm very pleased with that performance", said Federer, who has reached the final four without dropping a set, winning 38 of his 39 service games. He never really got going.

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Having seen Rafael Nadal cruise into the Indian Wells Masters quarters earlier in the day, Roger Federer followed suit against Kyle Edmund.

World number 113 Krajinovic was aiming to become the first qualifier in 16 years to make the last eight at this tournament, but he was simply outclassed by the 17-time major victor.

Miomir Kecmanovic, a 19-year-old Serb ranked 130th in the world, advanced when Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan retired after losing the first set 6-4. "Maybe because of the conditions".

Kecmanovic next plays 13th-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic, who beat Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 6-3.

Federer will face Hurkacz for the first time in the quarterfinals.

Next up for Nadal is Russian 12th seed Karen Khachanov who accounted for American eighth seed John Isner 6-4 7-6 (7-1).

Dominic Thiem defeated Ivo Karlovic 6-4, 6-3 and will play Gael Monfils, a 6-0, 6-2 victor of the late match against Philipp Kohlschreiber.

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