Roger Federer can move closer to a sixth Indian Wells title on Friday night when he takes on Hubert Hurkacz in for a spot in the semi finals. With either Dominic Thiem or Milos Raonic making the final from the opposite side, it provides a great chance for him to do so. Check out the Federer vs Hurkacz H2H stats.
Hurkacz is a player rising rapidly, having been outside the top 150 this time last year. He moved into the top 80 on the back of top Challenger Tour performances but has looked comfortable in making the step up in 2019. He beat Kei Nishikori in Dubai before backing that up with a great run here that included another win over Nishikori before he won a tough three setter against Denis Shapovalov. “Yeah, I think I was staying positive. I was fighting for every ball.” he said on what worked well. “I think in the first set I started to play a little bit more aggressive, so I think that was crucial.”
Federer eased past Kyle Edmund to push his winning streak to eight. The Brit did trouble him on return but was found wanting on big points, with the Swiss saving all 7 break point opportunities in a 6-1 6-4 win. “I was able to keep him uncomfortable throughout the match. So that’s why I think the last game was big for him.” he said, referring to the final game of the match where he had to save 3 break points. “Not to break for me obviously, but for him it could have turned things around. I was relieved I got through that one.”
It would be a major surprise for Hurkacz to be able to keep up with Federer for the entirety the match. The big serving Pole does hit hard but may struggle to remain consistent enough to hang with one of the very best. He is 2-2 against top 10 players, losing twice to Marin Cilic in addition to his Nishikori wins. “He’s (Federer) unbelievable player. He had amazing results. I mean, winning that many Grand Slams, tournaments, yeah, for sure, he’s special. It’s gonna be fun to play against him.” said the Pole.
Prediction – Roger Federer in straight sets