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Indian Wells: Federer, Nadal cruise into quarters; Muguruza upset

Last updated on: March 14, 2019 12:34 IST

IMAGES from the matches played on Day 10 of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, California, on Wednesday

Switzerland's Roger Federer plays a forehand against Great Britain's Kyle Edmund during their men's singles fourth round match

IMAGE: Switzerland's Roger Federer plays a forehand against Great Britain's Kyle Edmund during their men's singles fourth round match. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Roger Federer and Rafael 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.

 

Spain's Rafael Nadal in action against Serbia's Filip Krajinovic during their men's singles fourth round match 

IMAGE: Spain's Rafael Nadal in action against Serbia's Filip Krajinovic during their men's singles fourth round match. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

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.

Teenager Andreescu crushes Muguruza

Canada's Bianca Andreescu plays a backhand during her quarter-final win over Spain's Garbine Muguruza

IMAGE: Canada's Bianca Andreescu plays a backhand during her quarter-final win over Spain's Garbine Muguruza. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

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 match point to seal the win and smiled before shaking the hand of the 2016 French Open and 2017 Wimbledon champion.

She said the key was not being intimidated and playing her game, which features ferocious groundstrokes, well-timed drop shots and an abundance of speed.

"I just went out there and went for it," she told reporters after the match.

"I didn't focus on who was on the other side. It really helped me.

"I stuck to my tactics, which was to put pressure on her forehand, move her around, change rhythm like I always do, play my game."

Andreescu has grown familiar with victory of late with Wednesday's success her 26th win of the year, the most of any WTA player.

Next up for the world number 60 is a meeting with either sixth-seeded Elina Svitolina or 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova, who play their quarter-final match later on Wednesday.

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