Roger Federer is through to the quarter-final round of the Indian Wells Masters 1000 event, where he will meet Czech No. 1 Tomas Berdych for a spot in the final four of the tournament. Of their 18 previous contests, Federer holds a 12-6 Head to Head lead over Berdych.
In an impressive milestone achievement at the American desert event, 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer earned his 50th win at the Indian Wells tournament when he defeated local talent Jack Sock on Wednesday evening. Federer struck eight aces, won 86% of his first service points and face no break points en route to the 69-minute victory.
In a battle between the two top Czech players on the tour, world No. 9 Tomas Berdych and Lukas Rosol met in the fourth round on Wednesday in a match that went a total of three sets before a winner was determined. In the end, Berdych won the match 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, to oust his fellow countryman and advance to the following stage of the tournament.
“We have played on many occasions over many years,” said Federer. “I don’t know when we played the very first time, but I have seen his game evolve, seen how he established himself in the Top 10.
“I think he does very well, and probably also with a new team now he feels eager to try out new things and maybe gives him extra energy. So I think it’s going to be an interesting matchup for him having a new team in the back.”
The two competitors have previously met on 18 different occasions on the professional circuit, with Federer winning 12 of those matches dating back to his first victory at the Athens Olypmics in 2004. Given that Federer has only improved over the course of this season, he will likely be able to secure the victory, even if he needs a deciding set to do so.
Prediction: Roger Federer in Three Sets
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