Federer had to fight a lot harder for his victory as he defeated the talented Canadian Milos Raonic in three sets 6-7 (4) 6-2 6-4.
There was a bit of similarity between the two players, as they both managed to win two ATP Titles so far this year and their match-loss record was almost identical going into the match (Federer 17-2, Raonic 16-2).
But although the Canadian took the first set in a tiebreak, he hasn’t been able to break Federer’s serve throughout the whole match.
The 16 time Grand Slam Champion came right back at the beginning of the second set, and after breaking Raonic in the very first game, he did so once again a few games later and the match was levelled at 1 set all.
The Canadian wasn’t serving as well as he did in the first set and Federer feeling the opportunity, he broke him once more in set 3. The seventh game proved to be decisive and that was enough for the former world no.1 to seal the set and the match.
Federer will now play Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil, who got a walkover from Nikolay Davydenko.
World no.2 and last year’s finalist Rafael Nadal dismissed his fellow countryman Marcel Granollers 6-1 6-4 and will take on Alexandr Dolgopolov in the quarterfinals. The Ukrainian beat Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 6-4 5-7 6-4.
Nadal stormed through the first set, taking Granollers’ serve twice to close it out in just 29 minutes.
Granollers lost his serve at the very beginning of the second set, and although he picked up his game in comparison to set 1, it was the two time Indian Wells Champion Nadal who pocketed another win in the end.