Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal meet for the 36th time Wednesday in the Indian Wells fourth round. It’s their earliest meeting at an event since their first collision in the third round of Miami in 2004.
Nadal leads Federer 23-12, 12-4 at Masters 1000s, 9-8 on hard courts and 1-1 at Indian Wells taking their 2013 quarterfinals after losing in the semifinals in 2012.
But Federer has won the last two winning finals at 2015 Basel and just over a month ago at the Australian Open.
Federer, though, has never beaten Nadal three straight times.
“He has the talent to do very difficult things that look easy. He’s able to take the ball very early. Serve and first shot, he creates a lot of winners with that, the two first shots,” Nadal said of Federer.
“And then he’s able to take the ball always from inside, and he’s very quick going to the net. If you play a short ball, then you know that he’s going to go inside and going to hit a winner, going to play a shot [to your] forehand or backhand, goes to the net, and you are going to be in big trouble.”
Match time is
5pm ET. 8pm ET.
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