Indian Wells: Federer, Nadal in quarters

Indian Wells: Federer, Nadal in quarters

I think he probably struggled throughout a little bit.

The 24-year-old, now ranked 23 in the world, won 84% of his first-serve points to triumph 6-3 6-3 in an hour and 14 minutes.

Nadal will face off against the risky Karen Khachanov who after a slow start to the year is finding his footing.

Nadal will take on either eighth-seeded American John Isner or 12th-seeded Russian Karen Khachanov in the quarter-finals, trying to stay on track for a possible blockbuster semi-final with five-time Indian Wells champion Roger Federer.

Thiem ended the run of 40-year-old Croatian Ivo Karlovic courtesy of a 6-4 6-3 victory. After stunning Kei Nishikori for a second time in three weeks, the Pole bounced Denis Shapovalov on Wednesday in three sets 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-3.

"Those are the matches I know can help me to get some big results", said Wawrinka, who is now ranked 40th in the world. I have never played him before other than practice. "For me, at a top level, I like it that I'm not playing the same guys every single week".

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The 13th seed will square off against France's Gael Monfils, a 6-0 6-2 victor over Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber, in the quarter-finals on Thursday.

Speaking of their first meeting, Federer admitted the windy conditions of the match were tough but said Edmund still had what it takes to achieve great things in the future. "It was 11 days of good practice".

The 20-time Grand Slam champion came through 6-3 6-4 for his sixth straight win over Wawrinka, setting up a match with Britain's Kyle Edmund.

Raonic sent down 12 aces in his 6-4 6-3 win over German Jan-Lennard Struff to set up a clash with lucky loser Miomir Kecmanovic, the Serbian teenager progressing when Yoshihito Nishioka retired after losing the first set 6-4.

"Take care and good night, know this the good life, hot tubs and court time, Thursday we back alright!" he rapped at the end of the song, which got a roar of approval from the audience.

The 130rd-ranked Kecmanovic only got a spot in the draw when Kevin Anderson withdrew.

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