Roger Federer to play Rafa Nadal in Indian Wells fourth round

All eyes on Big Four at “Fifth Slam”

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who have rediscovered their knack for finding each other in tournaments this year, are set to meet in the BNP Paribas Open Round of 16 at Indian Wells.

Nadal, seeded fifth, won 6-3 7-5 and will next face long-time rival Federer or American Steve Johnson.

Two out of three best players in tennis history will meet for the 36th time in the round of 16 of ATP Wolrd Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells.

Rafael Nadal, who lost to Federer in the final of the Australian Open, was also a comfortable victor today. Their most recent meeting was in the finals of the 2017 Australian Open where the Swiss ace triumphed in five sets.

Kyrgios unleashed a sublime serving performance to beat Djokovic in the Mexico Open quarter-finals in Acapulco two weeks ago and they will go toe to toe again after the former world number one defeated Juan Martin del Potro 7-5, 4-6, 6-1.

'I try to see it really as another opportunity to build upon something for the rest of the season.

"I think I played very well in the first set", Djokovic assessed.

Wednesday marks their earliest clash at a tournament since their first duel in the third round in Miami in 2004. 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 previous year. Preferring to spin his first serve into the box, Verdasco served 80 percent but won just three points on his second serve.

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However, Muguruza, who won last year's French Open title, turned the match around by taking the second and third sets 7-5 and 6-2 respectively to advance.

Nadal, Federer, Nishikori and second seed Novak Djokovic are all on the same side of the draw, which looks even more lopsided after Saturday's elimination of top seed Andy Murray. I don't know. I'm a big fan, so it's so good'. Besides Nadal and Federer, two of Rafa's compatriots-Tommy Robredo and Feliciano Lopez-are still competing.

After a lackluster end to 2016 that saw him surrender the world number one ranking to Murray, things appeared to be looking up with his victory in Qatar in January.

Australian 15th seed Nick Kyrgios beat 18th seed Alexander Zverev of Germany 6-3 6-4.

The bottom half of the draw also features fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan, who eased past Britain's Daniel Evans 6-3, 6-4.

In the women's draw, American 12th seed Venus Williams beat Peng Shuai of China 3-6 6-1 6-3, and Czech third seed Karolina Pliskova led Timea Bacsinszky 5-1 when the Swiss retired.

Nadal wasn't the only Indian Wells fourth-round participant this year that was a teenager back then.

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