Published On: Thu, Mar 14th, 2019

Roger Federer ‘really happy’ for ONE reason ahead of potential Nadal clash at Indian Wells

The Swiss icon eased past British No 1 Kyle Edmund 6-1, 6-4 in little over an hour to make the quarter finals.

Federer has won every set in California so far having eliminated Peter Gojowczyk, Stan Wawrinka and now Edmund ahead of his last-eight contest against Hubert Hurkacz.

The 37-year-old is looking to win the desert event for the sixth time after losing the final last year.

He entered the first Masters 1000 of 2019 fresh from clinching the 100th ATP Tour title of his career at the Dubai Tennis Championships earlier this month.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion has managed his schedule in recent years to ensure he remains fresh throughout the full season.

Yet despite back-to-back events, Federer says he is feeling as fresh as ever.

And Federer is delighted with where his game is at right now, highlighting in particular the strong starts he has made in his three matches in Indian Wells so far. 

Federer said after beating Edmund: “I’m feeling great, not feeling any tiredness from Dubai or whatever I’ve played here. 

“I haven’t been playing every day and we’ve had enough time in between so I’m really happy.

“How I started all the matches, I can be really happy of that. 

“Being in the lead always helps, you can play more freely. 

“I’ve had to fight in some of the matches, naturally. 

“But I’m clearly really looking forward to the quarters now.”

In the next round, Federer will meet up-and-coming Pole Hurkacz in his first meeting with the 22-year-old.

Previewing that contest, Federer continued: “Yeah it’s one of those great stories and really interesting to follow.

“He also played in the Next Gen Finals with all the guys. He’s part of that group who’s really doing very well. 

“I practiced with him, he warmed me up for one of the matches in Shanghai after he lost I think in a Challenger event over there and I was still in the tournament. 

“I remember in the warm-up he barely made any mistakes but every time he made a mistake he apologised. 

“He’s a really nice guy, seems very sweet. I’m happy for him that he’s playing so well. Beating [Kei] Nishikori [in] Dubai and here back-to-back, now [Denis] Shapovalov. that’s some effort. 

“That shows what he’s got and what we’ll see of him in the future. I’m looking forward to the match of course.”

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