Roger Federer at the old age of 35, is playing some of the most scintillating tennis of his career, which was visibly evident as he produced a master class in a straight set 6-2 6-3 victory against his old nemesis Rafael Nadal in the Round of 16 at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.
It took Federer only 68 minutes to dispatch Rafael Nadal, in one of the most one-sided contests played between the pair. It is the first time in his career where Federer has beaten Nadal three times in a row.
Their last meeting was their historic match in the final of the Australian Open, this year, where Federer triumphed in five sets.
Federer has always been a force to be reckoned with on the hard courts of Indian Wells and the four-time tournament winner completely dispatched Nadal, against whom he has had one of the most storied rivalries in men’s tennis history.
It was the first time since Miami in 2004, that the pair have met before the quarter-final stage of a tournament. This happened due to the low rankings of both the players, who dominated the world game for more than a decade.
But their powers had been on the wane for the past couple of seasons, before having a resurgence again in 2017, with both players performing extremely well in the current calendar year of 2017.
With his victory over Nadal, Federer will now be looking to win his fifth title at Indian Wells.