The Australian Open holder Roger Federer is set to tackle his Spanish counterpart and rival Rafael Nadal in another mouth-watering encounter.
The greatest rivalry in the history of tennis will resume at the BNP Paribas Open after Roger Federer set up a quarter-final clash with Rafael Nadal.The pair is set to make an encounter at the Indian Wells last16.
Roger Federer has been lively in the game and booked his place with a straight sets win over American Steve Johnson, edging a tight contest that had no break of serves 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/4) respectively.
On the other hand, Rafael Nadal had his campaign much more easier and comfortable as he beat his compatriot Fernando Verdasco 6-3 7-5, setting up a 36th meeting with his great rival, who he has beaten 23 times in their meeting.
Nadal said in his post-match press conference that : ‘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.’
Federer elsewhere looks relaxed as he says he feels good to play against people like Nadal. ‘That’s why I came here, to play against guys like Rafa. Now we have it. I’m going to be excited now, I’d better be excited now otherwise I came for the wrong reasons.