TENNIS - Roger Federer will face Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals of Indian Wells. Remarkably, of the 28 previous singles meetings between the two, NONE came at the quarterfinal stage. They met in finals (19), semifinals (7), Last 32 (1) and Round Robin (1). Nadal leads the series 18-10. The last meeting between the two came in last year’s semifinals at Indian Wells. Federer triumphed.
TENNIS - Last week former world number one, 30-year-old Swiss Roger Federer already won his third title of this early in the season. It was if someone had turned back the Swiss clock by at least six years. It was not since his peak years (2004-2006) that he had also claimed three ATP titles by March. By March, when spring had yet to begin.
TENNIS - All’s Wells that ends in Indian Wells and for Rogerer Federer the year has certainly started well. After withdrawing from Doha, being eliminated in the Australian Open and losing to John Isner in the Davis Cup, Federer has been ‘en fuego’. He has won three tournaments on the trot, Rotterdam, Dubai and Indian Wells, beating the same John Isner in the men’s singles final of the latter.
TENNIS - Roger Federer claimed his 10th career men’s singles victory over nemesis Rafael Nadal, making the Spaniard the 24th victim he had defeated on at least 10 occasions. It was also the second time (since Miami 2005) that he had beaten ‘a fresh and rested Nadal’. He had been 1-8 lifetime against him in tournaments starting before the month of May.