The Indian Wells just became a lot more interesting as the fourth round comes close we get to witness the dream match over again between the Swiss maestro Roger Federer and his rival the charismatic Spaniard Rafa Nadal. They meet for the 36th time and grow their rivalry; however this is their earliest meeting in a tournament since Miami in early 2004.
After their Australian Open 5 star match ended in Roger winning his 18th Grand slam, this time Nadal would like to win and increase his overall lead against Roger which is right now 23-12. Roger on the other hand has won the last two finals which they have played in Basel and in Melbourne and may make history on Wednesday by defeating the Spaniard for 3 times in a row.
Roger and Rafa have an outstanding history and have great respect for each other, Nadal after his win talked to the media and said that Federer is an ace who knows how to make difficult things look so easy. Rafa overall has a great record on clay courts and has known to prefer clay however his record on hard and grass courts is also phenomenal, for information regarding tennis court paving, check out Talbot Tennis.
Roger won his match against Steve Johnson 7-6(3), 7-6(4) in a well contested match, where he fired 12 aces and never faced a break point. Moreover, Rafa won against the inform Verdasco 6-3, 7-5 and looks in good form himself carrying it from down under. The world number 1 Andy Murray who might have had the easiest draw from all the top guns got knocked out of the tournament earlier however the second seed Djokovic won against Del Potro in a sizzling hard fought battle and faces Kyrgios, the winner will face either Roger or Rafa in the semi.
Roger is known as the GOAT and a four time winner at Indian Wells, and it seems has a slight edge over Nadal the last few times they have played each other. Nadal says that its unlucky that they both have to play before the quarterfinals. Let’s see who wins this one as both are focused to win this match and cement their legacy even more, gaining momentum for Miami and then the big grand slam in Paris: Roland Garros.