For the first time in Indian Wells history (since 1976) seven of the top eight players in the ATP Rankings have reached the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open. Five of the quarter-finalists have captured at least one Grand Slam title. In fact, the last 32 Grand Slam titles have been won by the five (since ‘05 Roland Garros).
The quarterfinal line-up is highlighted by tonight’s 29th edition of the greatest rivalry currently in tennis, Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal.
This collision marks their earliest meeting since the first time they played in 2004 Miami (3rd RD). They last met at the Indian Wells semifinals last year with Federer winning 63 64.
Nadal leads their overall head-to-head, 18-10, including 8-7 in best-of-3 matches (all of their other meetings have taken place at Grand Slams or best-of-five ATP Masters 1000 finals). Federer leads 6-5 in their hard court head-to-head (Nadal leads 12-2 on clay, Federer leads 2-1 on grass) but Nadal holds a 5-2 edge on outdoor hardcourts.
Federer, the oldest player left in the draw at 31, is playing in his 58th career ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final (45-12 mark) and Nadal is appearing in his 53rd (43-9 mark). Federer is 4-6 in his last 10 matches against Top 10 opponents, while Nadal is 10-0 – his last Top 10 loss was last year here to Federer.
This will be the last time the two greats will be scheduled to play the same event until Madrid in May.
(2) Roger Federer (SUI) vs (5) Rafael Nadal (ESP)
Nadal Leads 18-10
– This is the 29th meeting between two of the game’s all-time greats, first in 2013, and only fifth time in the U.S. (2004-05, ’11 Miami; ‘12-13 Indian Wells)
– This is only their second different tournament on U.S. soil
‐ This is their earliest meeting in a regular tournament draw since their first career meeting in ’04 Miami (3R)
– First time in history 28 Grand Slam title winners will meet on court (Federer 17, Nadal 11)
– Nadal leads 9-4 in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 play and 8-2 in Grand Slam meetings
– The United States is one of 10 different countries they have played in: England (five times), France (five times), United States (five times), Monaco (three times), Spain (three times), Australia (twice), China (twice), Germany (twice), Italy (once), and United Arab Emirates (once)
– In the previous 28 matches, the winner of the first set has gone on to win 21 times, including last 15 of last 17
THURSDAY INDIAN WELLS SCHEDULE
STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
 A Kerber (GER) vs  S Stosur (AUS) – WTA
Not Before 1:00 PM
 T Berdych (CZE) vs K Anderson (RSA) – ATP
Not Before 3:00 PM
 V Azarenka (BLR) vs  C Wozniacki (DEN) – WTA
S Hsieh (TPE) / S Peng (CHN) vs  N Petrova (RUS) / K Srebotnik (SLO) – WTA
Not Before 7:00 PM
 R Nadal (ESP) vs  R Federer (SUI) – ATP
 B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) – ATP
Roger Federer 1.70 v Rafael Nadal 1.95
WEATHER.COM INDIAN WELLS EVENING FORECAST
After hovering over 95F during the day, temperatures are expected to cool into the low 80s by 7pm, dipping into the low 70s by 9pm. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.
Tennis Channel will have live coverage all day including the 10pm ET match.
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