Threeasy Peasy for Rog as Kyrgios strikes Djok again.
Roger Federer moved serenely into the quarter finals of the Indian Wells Masters 1000 event as he defeated his great friend and rival Rafael Nadal. Federer advanced quite easily as he won 6-2 and 6-3 in 72 minutes in front of a packed Court 1 crowd. The result will surprise many as Rafas stranglehold over Roger seems to be waining. Roger has now won the last three times that he and Rafael Nadal have played. The most recent and famous of which being the Australian Open in January in which the two veterans of our game served up a 5 set Melbourne Masterpiece.
It was a shame that the two would face each other in the forth round of an event especially so soon after Melbourne. With lowly seedings owing to injury and absence from the tour, the two greats came out in the same section of the draw and had to face each other in the fourth round of an event for the first time in thirteen years. I suppose the paying fans would not complain if they got to see Roger and Rafa up close once again. Many experts including Steve Tignor predicted that Rafa would exact revenge on Federer, perhaps in acknowledgement that Melbourne was but a blip. Federer was out of the traps like a greyhound, breaking Nadal in the opening game with two awesome backands down the line. He served fast and efficiently and attacked with vigour and purpose. He sprayed balls throughout the court and stretched Nadal for all he was worth.
It was a fantastic performance, vintage Federer. Unfortunately for Rafael Nadal fans he was unable to find the solution to Federers brilliant play this time around.
The prelude to Fedal XXXVI was World Number 2 Novak Djokovic against his Acapulco conqueror Nick Kyrgios. The Serb was riding a 20 match and 4 year winning streak at Indian Wells but he was outgunned from the baseline by his younger brasher opponent. In the early stages Djokovic traded with Kyrgios on the baseline almost expecting him to miss but for the second time in a week he held firm. Kyrgios took the racket out of Djokovic hand as he regularly pumped in the aces and he served second serves at 120mph. Like Nadal, Djokovic didn’t seem to have any answers to the aggressive gameplay today. The next time they meet may be different. Kyrgios now owns a 2-0 h2h record against Djokovic a 1-0 against Nadal and Federer.
Dream draw for Kyrgios.
The reward for knocking out the second seed is a chance to take on the GOAT for a place in the semi finals of the first Masters 1000 event of the year. Kyrgios knows Federer very well having trained together for a month a few seasons back. He has a positive head to head and if he continues to serve well he will go in favourite to this match. If Kyrgios is able to beat the best returner in the game in Novak Djokovic then Federer shouldn’t be too much trouble for him. Federer cant attack what he cant see!