Roger Federer will face Spain's Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals of the 2013 BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden after Federer defeated his Swiss countryman Stanislas Wawrinka, 6-3, 6-7(4), 7-5 in two hours and 20 minutes. Federer improved to a 13-1 record over Wawrinka as he advanced to the quarterfinals at Indian Wells for the eighth time.
It will be their first meeting for 12 months, since Federer beat the Spaniard in straight sets in the semi-finals in Indian Wells. The 26-year-old Nadal leads their career series 18-10. Both are bidding to win a record-breaking 22nd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown this week.
Federer served for the match at 5-4 in the second set, but was broken to love as Wawrinka staged a spirited fight back. Wawrinka led 2-1 with a break in the third set, but could not consolidate and Federer ultimately got the decisive break in the 12th game.
Nadal defeated Ernests Gulbis 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 in two hours and 33 minutes to advance to the quarterfinals. Nadal won just two points more than Gulbis, breaking Gulbis decisively in the 11th game of the third set before serving out the victory to 30, finishing with a forehand winner. The defeat brought to an end Gulbis’ winning streak, which had seen him win the Delray Beach title and qualify into the Indian Wells main draw before powering into the fourth round.
Tennis Channel will be broadcasting the match live at 10:00 p.m. EST. Although it is the 29th time Nadal has played Federer, this quarterfinal match-up is just their second match played prior to a semifinal. The only other time was their first match in Miami in the Round of 32 with Nadal winning 6-3, 6-3.
Also advancing to the quarters was world number one-ranked Novak Djokovic who defeated American Sam Querrey 6-0, 7-6(6). Djokovic converted four of his 11 break points in the win, avenging a loss at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Paris to Querrey, who is the last player to beat the Serbian. Djokovic has won 21 matches in a row and has a 16-0 record in 2013. Djokovic is seeking his third title at Indian Wells, and will next face Frenchman and number eight seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Tsonga reached his third tour-level quarterfinals of the season with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 win over Milos Raonic of Canada. Raonic broke through in the fifth game of the first set to take the opener, but Tsonga levelled the match by breaking in the 12th game of the second set. Serve dominated the third set until the 10th game, when Raonic double faulted on match point down 30-40.
Great Britain's Andy Murray advanced past Argentina’s Carlos Berlocq 7-6(4), 6-4. Murray is playing his first tournament since finishing runner-up to Djokovic at the Australian Open. The Scot reached the final of this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in 2009, losing to Rafael Nadal. He is bidding to win his second ATP World Tour title of the season after victory at the Brisbane International. Murray will next face seventh-seeded Juan Martin del Potro, a 6-1, 6-2 winner over Germany's Tommy Haas. del Potro won 72 percent of points on serve and converted five of his 11 break points.
World number 37 Kevin Anderson advanced to the quarterfinals as well with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 upset win over Gilles Simon. Anderson had beaten the fourth-seeded David Ferrer in the second round at the Indian Wells. For a place in the semifinals, Anderson will face sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych, who defeated 10th seed Richard Gasquet 6-1, 7-5. Berdych is coming off back-to-back runner-up showings in Marseille and Dubai. He improved to a 17-4 match record in 2013 and will look to improve his 5-0 record over Anderson in the quarterfinals.