Four-time tournament champion Roger Federer is through to the final 16 in Indian Wells, where he will now face frequent opponent and top-ranked German Tommy Haas. The two have met 15 times on the professional tour, with Federer leading the head-to-head series 12-3. He will be looking to extend his dominant streak against Haas even further.
Former world No. 1 Roger Federer continued his hot streak in 2014, as he edged Russian Dmitry Tursunov 7-6(7), 7-6(2) on Monday afternoon at the BNP Paribas Open to reach the Round of 16. It was a tight encounter with several tense moments, yet Federer passed the test with flying colours and remains on course to win his fifth title in Indian Wells. Following his tournament victory in Dubai, Federer’s winning streak is currently at eight consecutive victories.
“Now I feel like I’m in a good place. Zen on the court,” said Federer. “I know what my solid level is. Even if I won 6 and 6 today, I just feel like I was calm and served for the set. Okay, got broken. Still managed to stay calm. Down a set in the second; stayed calm and came back. So those are the moments where you feel there is confidence around somewhere.”
Germany’s Tommy Haas picked up his ninth professional victory this season when he defeated Kei Nishikori 7-6(3), 6-2 in one hour and 31 minutes. The Japanese No. 1 is 11 years his junior yet was simply outplayed by the German on this particular occasion. He will next face 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer.
This marks the 16th ATP World Tour meeting between the two competitors, with Federer leading the head-to-head series 12-3. He has won four of their last five meetings, dating back to the 2009 French Open and has not lost to Haas on a hard court since 2002. With the obvious confidence boost noticeable in Federer’s game lately, he will likely carry that self-belief forward against Haas to earn the victory.
Prediction: Roger Federer in Three Sets