Djokovic, Nadal, and Federer Enter Indian Wells Third Round
- Author: Loretta Pittman Mar 16, 2017,
Mar 16, 2017, 0:28
Spanish tennis maestro Rafael Nadal has explained why Australian Bernard Tomic was his doubles partner at Indian Wells. I have to give it all; that's what it takes to beat this guy, who is-even though he is not ranked as high and he hasn't played that many tournaments-definitely one of the best players in the world past year. "What is your coolest move?" they asked. "I don't even have to think or talk about it". "But I can't do it very often", Roger joked.
Federer did it the hard way at the Australian Open, rallying from a break down in the fifth set against Nadal, and took time off following a grueling fortnight where he played in three five-set matches.
World number one Murray, meanwhile, praised his second-round conqueror, Vasek Pospisil, while at the same time lamenting an off night with his second serve.
"Yeah, I played very well in the first set".
The straightforward win in 79 minutes put Nadal into a potential clash with Roger Federer - but the Swiss still has to do his part by beating American Steve Johnson. But it was del Potro who knocked Djokovic out of the running for the singles title at last year's Rio Olympics. "Obviously Nadal and Federer are starting to build their rankings".
It was a horror draw that saw the two former world number ones paired in the same quarter of the draw as world number two Novak Djokovic. "I never see the draw, so I don't see who's coming next", the Japanese said after ousting Briton Dan Evans 6-3 6-4.
Australian 15th seed Nick Kyrio gis beat 18th seed Alexander Zverev of Germany 6-3 6-4. I try to focus on my next round, and not look beyond that.
"It was a long time ago", said Nadal, who progressed through to the last eight with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Fernando Verdasco.
Federer hit 32 winners against Johnson, including a forehand volley that earned him a mini-break in the first set tiebreaker.
Federer, 35, and Nadal, 30, first played each other in the second round of the Miami Masters tournament in 2004.
Federer enjoyed the relative cool of an evening match and was back in the locker room before working up a major sweat, easing to a 6-2, 6-1 win over Frenchman Stephane Robert in front of an appreciative capacity crowd of around 16,000.
Nishikori booked a date with unseeded American Donald Young, who ousted 14th-seeded Lucas Pouille of France 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.
Venus Williams advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2001 with a 3-6 6-1 6-3 victory over Shuai Peng, the last remaining qualifier in the draw.