Federer Sets Up Nadal Wed. At Indian Wells, Djokovic Denies Del Potro, Kyrgios Next
by Staff | March 14th, 2017, 11:54 pm
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Roger Federer had to work hard but got through Steve Johnson in two tiebreakers 7-6(3), 7-6(4). With no breaks of serve in the match — just 4 break chances held by Federer — it was the Swiss who capitalized in both breakers over the American.

The win sets up the much-anticipated fourth round against Rafael Nadal. Earlier, Nadal won his 16th match over countryman Fernando Verdasco with a 6-3, 7-5 victory.

“I played a good match, no? Very aggressive with my serve, serving well, hitting good forehands, good backhands,” Nadal said. “Very happy. I think I played much better today than the first day.”

Nadal leads Federer 23-12 splitting both meetings at Indian Wells. But Federer’s won the last two at Basel 2015 and recently in the Australian Open final. Both spoke about facing each other.

“I try to see it really as another opportunity to build upon something for the rest of the season,” Federer said. “So regardless of Australia, winning or losing, I’m going to try to go out there and try to play free again. I think it’s really important.

“I’m really happy that I got my energy back, because in Dubai I was actually still quite tired. I feel like tomorrow if I move well I will definitely have a chance against Rafa.”

Added Nadal: “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.”

Also Wednesday, Novak Djokovic continues to reprise his Acapulco run. Djokovic beat Juan Martin del Potro in three sets 7-5, 4-6, 6-1. Djokovic was down an early break in the first before getting back to level then break the Argentine again to secure the set.

After dropping the second, the Serb rolled in the second winning the last five games in what Djokovic said was the best set he’s played all year.

“There’s always a lot at stake when you play a quality player like Delpo is,” said Djokovic. “He’s a big match player. I knew coming into the match it was going to be very important for me to be fired up and bring that intensity to the court in order to bring my A-game. That’s what was required for me to win that match.

“The third set was the best tennis I’ve played this year. To be able to break him two times in a set was great. I hope I can carry this confidence level, especially on the return, into tomorrow’s match because I’m going to need it. I lost to Nick in Acapulco and he was serving extremely well. I’m hoping I can get a better result.”

Djokovic, who has won 19 straight at Indian Wells, now gets a shot at revenge against Nick Kyrgios who beat the World No. 2 in straight sets at Acapulco.

Kyrgios overwhelmed teen Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-4 in a much-hyped first-time NextGen meeting.

“I thought I just competed well. It was always going to be a tough match. He’s been playing great tennis and on the rise ever since juniors. I knew it was going to be tough,” Kyrgios said. “He’s got a big game. I was happy with my performance.”

Kei Nishikori cruised past Gilles Muller 6-2, 6-2. He’ll face Donald Young who scored one of his better wins holding on to beat Lucas Pouille on his 7th match point 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.

“At the end, to fight through quite a bit of nerves, that’s always great as well. You’ve got to keep putting yourself in those positions and, when you come through them, it gives you even more confidence,” Young said.

And in minor upset, Jack Sock socked it to Grigor Dimitrov saving 4 match points in the third to win it 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(7). Dimitrov led by a break in the third and then had three match points at 4-5, 0-40 on Sock’s serve but was unable to finish the job.

Sock will now meet Malek Jaziri who ended the hopes of American teen Taylor Fritz in three sets.

With all eight fourth round men’s match scheduled for Wednesday, Gael Monfils also meets Dominic Thiem in the evening, Stan Wawrinka battles lucky loser Yoshihito Nishioka and 2016 semifinalist David Goffin faces Pablo Cuevas.

Djokovic and Kyrgios will also be in doubles action on Wednesday. So it will be a busy day for both.

INDIAN WELLS WEDNESDAY SCHEDULE
STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am
ATP – D. Young (USA) vs [4] K. Nishikori (JPN)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [19] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [8] S. Kuznetsova (RUS)

Not Before 3:00 pm
ATP – [15] N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs [31] J. del Potro (ARG) or [2] N. Djokovic (SRB)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – [5] R. Nadal (ESP) vs [24] S. Johnson (USA) or [9] R. Federer (SUI)

Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – [3] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) vs [10] E. Svitolina (UKR) or [7] G. Muguruza (ESP)

Not Before 8:30 pm
ATP – [10] G. Monfils (FRA) vs [8] D. Thiem (AUT)


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21 Comments for Federer Sets Up Nadal Wed. At Indian Wells, Djokovic Denies Del Potro, Kyrgios Next

Travis Bickle Says:

Nole – Delpo (7-5, 4-6, 6-1)
34 – 31 Winners
30 – 18 Winners without aces
28-28 UFE
24/30 – 4/8 Net points
5/13 – 3/4 Break points
2070-2263 Distance run (m)

Most importantly: “This is Sparta” seems to be back!
I saw several monster fist pumps tonight that were absent in the last 9 months.

Too bad for Delpo for being “randomly” put to play Novak early in every tournament (Rio, Acapulco, Indian Wells). He could have reached Top 10 much faster if not for these draws, because with his game he beats any other guy he gets in 3rd round…


FesExpress Says:

Dimitrov remains a mental midget it seems.


Tennis Lover Says:

The time for Djoker Demon is over


Margot Says:

Looks as if “Gorgeous Grig” is turning into an “if only” kind of player, shame. Good to see “Naughty Nick” came to play, however. And RZ’s favourite of the young guys, Dom “Preppy” Thiem still in the mix, as well as young Podge.
Good for them. Time for the next gen to start causing some alarm and despondency and do some shaking of those gnarled old apple trees…..;)


Margot Says:

Giving the edge to Rafa, but wouldn’t be too surprised if Fed does it again.
Nole v Naughty Nick, hmmm. At least NN has beaten Nole so knows he can, but am sure Nole will be pretty determined not to let it happen again any time soon.
If NN has another block buster serving game, I’d give him the edge, but if not, then Nole takes it.


Van Persie Says:

TB,

“Most importantly: “This is Sparta” seems to be back!”

I watched only the 3 set and was pleased about Nole’s body language….but I am still afraid to say, that he is back.


Chrisford1 Says:

I won’t say Novak is back unless I see him successful in Euro clay season with the Love Guru and his wife Jelena back in the player’s box.
Federer – what can you say that he is a great player and him being competitive with the field again is good for tennis.

Rafa vs. Fed, I give to Fed this time
Novak vs Nick – I think Novak has a pattern with huge servers of losing to certain of them a lot as being hard for Novak to read – before he figures them out and can anticipate their stuff. It could go to Nick, but Djokovic has probably thought a lot (same with Vajda) about Nicks game and what needs to be done, since Acapulco.


Giles Says:

ROFL. Jokerfans are very excited cos he was seen at a fish restaurant!!!


Daniel Says:

Second straight match Djoko lost serve to open it. Kyrgios is more dangerous serving than DelPo. Already 3-1 up holding easy.


Daniel Says:

3 services games, 6 aces, plus the un returnable serves. at this pace, 2 aces per game, he will have close to 20.

Djoko struggling to hold serve, going to deuce last 2 times. Seems the sun is bothering him.


the_mind_reels Says:

Not sure if it’s the sun or the second-serve aces that Kyrgios is dishing up that’s bothering him more. First set in the bag, and a smashed racquet from Novak to go with it.


Daniel Says:

Holding serve better this set. Kyrgios unbroken so far this tourney, 24 games. And 3 out of 3 sets against Djoko so far.


Panela Says:

I look forward to going home from work and watching Roger and Rafa… I am a die hard Roger fan and was thrilled for him that he won the AO… Even more so for all the people that gave up on his ever winning another slam (McEnroe brothers, Martina, Mary, etc.) and the tons of Rafa and Novak fans…. Honestly, I don’t know who will win today… Of course I hope Roger does, but at the end of the day…. If Roger looses… I am sure he would rather loose Indian Wells to Rafa than the AO final… either way, we get to see some excellent tennis…. I was hoping to be there as I live in San Diego and we are so close… My daughter works for Masimo, one of the sponsors and we were there a few years ago… I am sick, and started a new job a few weeks ago, so this year was out…. Indian Wells still remains one of my favs and I’m sure you’ve all seen the Roger/Rafa match already. I am trying to stay off the main social media so I don’t find out…


skeezer Says:

Racket/Hat abuser loses to Notorious Nick, again.
It’s about time Nick gets his due, he is a big time player who can take down any of the top 4. He belongs.


Mridul7 Says:

Novak Djokovic is done.


the_mind_reels Says:

Another tough loss for Djokovic, who’s going to lose another 900 points here. His cushion over Stan is getting thinner with each tournament.


Daniel Says:

Fed starts breaking playing very aggressive, as expected. Let’s see how he serves now


Daniel Says:

BH DTL second shot to close the game, 2-0


Flyer Says:

What is going on……

Masters tournament – Djokovic, Nadal, Federer all playing- and hardly any posts or match comments???

Weird – would have thought there would be tons of interest.

I came hoping to get details on how the matches are going as I cannot watch……

Huh


Daniel Says:

Flyer,

Was wondering this as well, in the past IW was more busy here. Maybe it has something to do with time zone. And 3 out of 4 stars already gone before QF. Wawa 1 game away from losing as well.


Margot Says:

Big congrats to Naughty Nick, Preppy Dom and age defying, flying Fed.


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