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BNP PARIBAS OPEN: Federer beats Nadal as Krygios records his first career win over Djokovic

The 2017 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells round of 16 saw Rodger Federer beat Rafael Nadal in straight sets to reach the quarter finals of the competition.

The Swiss beat Nadal 6-2 6-3 to record three straight wins over the Spanish for their first time in his career.

The meting was the 36th minute between the pair and Federer notched his 13th victory and third in a row between the pair.

Nadal lost to Federer in straight sets

“I did very well today, I’m so pleased I’m able to step into the court and play super aggressive,” said Federer. “Coming over the backhand has been part of that.”

“It’s a nice feeling to win the last three. I can tell you that,” added the four-time Indian Wells champion. “But most importantly, I won Australia. That was big for me.

“For me, it was all about coming out and trying to play the way I did in Australia. I didn’t think it was going to be that possible, to be quite honest, because the court is more jumpy here so it’s hard to put the ball away.”

Federer will meet Nick Krygios in the quarter final after the 21 year old upset defending champion, Novak Djokovic 2-1.

Nick Krygios

Nick Krygios powered to the quarter finals with a 2-1 victory over Novak Djokovic making a statement of intent that he is a force to reckon with.

The 21 year old Australian continued his fine form between the pair as he built upon the defeat he handed to Djokovic at Acapulco with a6-4 7-6 (7-3) win over the Serb.

“I am serving really well, that is creating chances for me to put pressure on their service games,” said Krygios.

“My mentality is improving and I am trying really hard to fight for every point and just compete.”

Djokovic was all full of praise for the 21 year old saying;

“Nick, again, as he did in Acapulco, served so well. I just wasn’t managing to get a lot of balls back on his serve, first and second, as well. That’s what made a difference.”

Nick Krygios faces 18 Grand Slam winner, Rodger Federer in the next round.


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