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Kyrgios to face Federer in Indian Wells

Kyrgios to face Federer in Indian Wells

Nick Kyrgios was firing on all cylinders knocking off five-time champion Novak Djokovic in straight sets and barging into the BNP Paribas Open quarterfinals for the first time.

"I'm so sorry but I can't play @BNPPARIBASOPEN today", he said on his Twitter feed, adding an emoji of a crying face and another of a face with a thermometer in its mouth.

Federer broke Nadal to open the match in front of a packed Stadium 1 crowd. A forehand volley sealed the set, and another forehand victor put Federer up a break at 2-1 in the second. "So even when I had my chances, when I was in the rallies, he was just not giving me too many points away, not making too many unforced errors". He himself said in a post match interview that his mentality is improving, and is trying really hard to fight for every point and just compete. "It's just another match for me".

"Six months off previous year was really hard, I must say". I still feel like I'm on the comeback but we'll see what the year brings. "I am very proud of it".

Having triumphed in Indian Wells, four times before, and with the rest of the "Big Four" now knocked out, his eyes will light up at the prospect of winning a first Palm Springs title since 2012.




Q. How tough is it with the schedule coming, playing last night, coming back out after a three-setter, and coming out playing early in the day, 3:00 match?

"It's his style", Djokovic said.

"I think about Fed and Rafa, the most wonderful thing is both of them are still unbelievably motivated after all the time they've played to continue to play at this level", Gilbert said.

So long as there are tennis gods, they will let whatever Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios have now fester into a proper blood feud. But he unraveled with 25 unforced errors, including a forehand service return on Kyrgios' second match point. The Aussie ended three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic's reign at Indian Wells by knocking off the world's second-ranked player 6-4, 7-6 (3). (That's not normal! that's faster than any Djokovic first serve! you're supposed to play it safe.) Never seen this many second-serve aces before, and the Australian notched 14 aces total, a feat best captured in a sequence that left me slack-jawed, at 1-2 in the second set.

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