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Tennis Preview: Nadal 16/25 to topple Federer

2017-03-15
A preview of the BNP Paribas Open quarter-final clash between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at Indian Wells.

Rafael Nadal is 16/25 to gain revenge on great rival Roger Federer when they meet in the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open.

Less than two months on from the previous instalment which saw 35-year-old Federer claim the Australian Open with a thrilling five-set victory in the final, the pair will meet again at Indian Wells.

Federer booked his place with a straight-sets win over American Steve Johnson, edging a tight contest that had no break of serves 7-6 (7/3) 7-6 (7/4).

Nadal had it much more comfortable as he beat fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 6-3 7-5, setting up a 36th meeting with Federer, who he has beaten 23 times.

Odds of 5/4 are available for there to be over 2.5 sets, evens for over 23.5 games and 13/5 for over 29.5 games.

A three-time winner of the event, Nadal is relishing another battle with Federer, who is aiming to win here for the first time since 2012.

Nadal said: "He has the talent to do very difficult things that look easy. He's able to take the ball very early. Serve and first shot, he creates a lot of winners with that, the two first shots."

Federer, 32/25 to advance, said: “That's why I came here, to play against guys like Rafa. Now we have it. I'm going to be excited now, I’d better be excited now otherwise I came for the wrong reasons.”

Novak Djokovic extended his impressive winning streak at Indian Wells to 19 games after coming out on top in an epic battle with Juan Martin del Potro.

The world number two, who has not been beaten at this tournament since a defeat to Del Potro in 2013, got the better of his opponent this time around, winning 7-5 4-6 6-1.

Djokovic is now 39/100 to win his quarter-final clash with Nick Kyrgios, with the Australian 2/1 to follow up his 6-3 6-4 success over Alexander Zverev.