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Kyrgios storms past Djokovic, Federer overpowers Nadal in Indian Wells

Mar 15, 2017
written by: Kristina Borojevic
written by: Kristina Borojevic
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It was déjà vu to begin Wednesday’s bottom quarter matches in Indian Wells.

It was not meant to be for Novak Djokovic in the desert this year. The Serbian star was looking for his fourth straight title and was en route to win his 20th straight match at the tournament. He currently is tied with Roger Federer with 19 straight wins. That all came crashing down against Nick Kyrgios in the fourth round.

Kyrgios was on fire throughout the match. He played at his highest level throughout the one hour, 51 minute encounter. Kyrgios was able to break Djokovic in the first game of the match and that was the only break of serve. The 21-year-old Australian had no problem securing the 6-4, 7-6(3) win to make his first Indian Wells quarterfinal.

Kyrgios was 1/5 on break points while Djokovic was a stunning 0/0. To be fair, Kyrgios had one of his best-ever serving performances: 14 aces, a handful of unreturnable serves, 61% first serves in and he won 86% of first serves in play.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal took to court following Djokovic-Kyrgios in a rematch of the Australian Open final.

With Djokovic-Kyrgios having a more serious tone, it was cute to see these two good friends share a funny moment before their warm-ups (even though the fun and games stopped there).

The match started where their Australian Open final left off. Federer had everything working exceptionally well to start this classic encounter and was able to find the angles to push Nadal around the court.

Federer battled for a convincing 6-2 set behind in 34 minutes. In summary, Federer only hit TWO unforced errors in the opening set. The Swiss maestro saved the one break point he faced and won 71% of first serve points.

Unlike their Australian Open final, this one was all about Federer…

Federer was able to break Nadal early in the second set to go up 2-1 and it was one-way traffic from there. Even when Federer looked off balance or stumbled, he somehow managed to hit incredible shots time and time again. Federer won the battle of the legends 6-2, 6-3 in one hour, seven minutes for a spot in the quarterfinals.

It is Federer’s first time defeating Nadal in three straight meetings. His reward… Nick Kyrgios.

Kyrgios leads the head-to-head against Federer 1-0. The win came back in 2015 in Madrid on clay where Kyrgios prevailed 6-7(2), 7-6(5), 7-6(12). We expect a similar scenario this time around when they face off in the Indian Wells quarterfinals!


Feature photo via BNP Paribas Open