Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Nadal and Federer into Indian Wells last 16

Nadal into Indian Wells last 16
Nadal and Federer into Indian Wells last 16

Rafael Nadal beat Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-1 to reach the fourth round of the ATP Indian Wells Masters.

Nadal took his record against the world No. 26 to 7-0 in emphatic style, never facing a break point in a match lasting an hour and 16 minutes.

"I did a lot of things well. I started the match very well," Nadal said. "My serve worked very well, especially in the first set. But during the second, I was doing things well anyway, so just happy having a match that I suffered in the past against Diego. We know each other well, so it's a positive victory for me."

"[There] arrived a moment that I think I was playing too aggressive. So then I stopped a little bit the game, changing the rhythm of the point more times, and I think that worked well for me," Nadal said. "[I'm] happy by the way that I played. I did a lot of things well."

Nadal, a three-time winner of the Indian Wells title, next faces Filip Krajinovic, who ousted Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-2.

Roger Federer beat Stan Wawrinka 6-3, 6-4 and also advanted into Indian Wells last 16.

“I think I felt good from the beginning,” said Federer. “The breeze picked up a little bit for the evening, I thought, but I didn't feel like it had that much of a play in it. I think for me the plan worked. I was able to mix up my game, cover my serve, be dangerous on the return. Maybe take some rhythm away from Stan, like I always try to do, but you can't always make it work.”

When asked about Wawrinka’s form, Federer admitted, “I think he's right there. I think maybe all he's maybe missing is match play, a higher ranking, so he can get some better seeding [and] he doesn't have to face the toughest guy early on in tournaments."

Federer will next face Kyle Edmun, who beat Radu Albot 6-3 6-3.