Roger Federer

Tennis Preview: Federer 5/2 for Indian Wells glory

2017-03-17
A preview of the quarter-final ties at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

Roger Federer is the 5/2 favourite to win the BNP Paribas Open after defeating long-time rival Rafael Nadal to advance to the quarter-finals.

Federer dismantled Nadal in Indian Wells, hitting 26 winners in a 6-2 6-4 success, to register a third successive win over the Spaniard for the first time.

The 35-year-old, who also beat Nadal in a thrilling five-set Australian Open final, said: “It's a nice feeling to win the last three. I can tell you that. All the matches that we have played are unique in many ways for both of us, winning or losing. So I take it.

"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. It was a really good performance by me, I thought."

Federer's reward for the victory is a last-eight meeting with Australian Nick Krygios, who earlier stunned Novak Djokovic with a superb straight-sets win.

The Swiss is 11/20 for the win and 14/5 to edge through in a decider, with Kyrgius 29/20 and 41/10 respectively.

Djokovic was beaten at Indian Wells for the first time since 2013 as Kyrgios delivered a fantastic 6-4 7-6 (7/3) win.

Krygios said on Sky Sports 1: "It feels good, I knew what I had to do, it was always going to be tough, he is a great champion.

"I am serving really well, that is creating chances for me to put pressure on their service games. My mentality is improving and I am trying really hard to fight for every point and just compete." 

World number three Stan Wawrinka was two points away from following Djokovic out but he battled hard to beat Yoshihito Nishioka 3-6 6-3 7-6 (7/4) and is now the 3/1 second favourite.

The Swiss is 3/4 to see off Dominic Thiem, who is 16/15 to back up his win over Gael Monfils.

Fourth seed Kei Nishikori is 4/11 to overcome Jack Sock (41/20), who is through to his first Masters 1000 quarter-final.

Pablo Cuevas, a 6-3 3-6 6-3 winner of 11th seed David Goffin, takes on Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta, with both quoted at 9/10.