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14.03.2019 14:56

Federer beats Edmund to reach Indian Wells quarters

Before their match, Roger Federer said that he was wary of Kyle Edmund’s “unbelievable power”. It was the first time that the Swiss star had played Britain’s number one, but in the end, he made it look relatively easy, sweeping his opponent away 6-1, 6-4.

Indian Wells was Edmund’s first tournament since returning from a knee injury, but it showed that he is still some way from competing at the very top level. Federer, who is looking for a record sixth Indian Wells title, took just 63 minutes to record his victory. He coped better with the windy conditions and saved all seven break points that he faced.

The first set went all Federer’s way. Edmund put up a better fight in the second, but Federer still had too much for the Brit. He has yet to lose a set in the competition.

Federer's quest to claim that sixth BNP Paribas Open title was perhaps made a little easier when world number one Novak Djokovic was knocked out in the third round by German Philipp Kohlschreiber. Djokovic broke his racquet in anger after Ko

Could Federer meet Nadal in the semi-final?

Federer will now play the unseeded 22-year-old Pole Hubert Hurkacz in the quarter-finals. It is the youngster’s first Masters quarter-final. If Federer gets past Hurkacz, there is the tantalising prospect of a semi-final match against arch-rival Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard beat qualifier Filip Krajinović on Wednesday 6-3, 6-4 to book his own berth in the quarter-finals. He must first play number 12 seed Karen Khachanov, who beat John Isner 6-4, 7-6 (7-1).

In the women’s competition, 18-year-old Canadian Bianca Andreescu booked her place in the semi-finals by thrashing former world number one Garbiñe Muguruza 6-0, 6-1. This will be her third semi-final of the year, having reached the final of the Auckland Open in January and the last four of the more recent Mexican Open.

Elina Svitolina will be her semi-final opponent. The other quarter-finals, which see Venus Williams taking on Angelique Kerber and Karolina Plíšková playing Belinda Bencic, take place later today.

The world number one and defending champion Naomi Osaka was knocked out by Bencic in the fourth round.

Words: Danielle Nixon

Images: PA