ROGER FEDERER NEWS
March 15, 2017 -- Indian Wells, California
Roger needed just 68 minutes to dispose of long time rival today, Rafael Nadal, in the round of 16 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California.
Facing just one break point on his serve, the Swiss star played bold tennis and was rewarded with a 6-2, 6-3 victory as the sun set in the California desert. Roger has now beaten Rafa in their past 3 match ups. A four-time Indian Wells Champion, Roger was just too good today and came out on top with 26 winners against the Spanish player.
Roger will face Nick Kyrgios, who defeated Novak Djokovic today, in the Quarterfinals.
March 14, 2017 -- Indian Wells, California
Long hot days have set the stage at the BNP Paribas Open as Roger took to the courts in his 3rd round match in Indian Wells.
Playing steady and solid, he defeated American Stevie Johnson 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4) to set up his 36th meeting against Rafael Nadal.
In what will be a rematch of the 2017 Australian Open finals, the two will face each other in the Round of 16 Wednesday, March 15th not before 5pm PST. The last time these two rivals met this early in a draw goes back to 2004 in the Miami Masters.
"I think he's made me a better player," Roger said during the Australian Open earlier this year. "Because the way his game stacks up with me. It's a tricky one. I've said that openly. It remains for me the ultimate challenge to play against him."
Missed opportunities caused Roger a tough loss in Dubai in his Round of 16 match. Qualifier Evgeny Donskoy played some of the best tennis of his career as he fought off three match points to win in three sets 3-6, 7-6(7), 7-6(7).
Next up for Roger is the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells where fans are already excited to see their favorite Swiss back in action!