Roger Federer’s chances of a sixth Indian Wells title grew dramatically yesterday after Novak Djokovic was sent packing by Philipp Kohlschreiber. It now feels like the winner of the expected Federer-Nadal semi final clash takes the title. Before that, Federer must beat an in-form Kyle Edmund to move closer. Check out the Federer vs Edmund H2H stats.
Edmund had a shaky start to the season, losing his opening two matches. He chose to play the Indian Wells Challenger just before this event, a decision that looks to be inspired. He won the title there as top seed, beating Andrey Rublev in the final. He has taken that confidence into the real thing, winning two straight setters easily to get to the fourth round.
Federer is also coming into this tournament off a title, having won Dubai. He toughed out a win against Peter Gojowczyk before beating compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka last night. He was rarely troubled, denying his opponent any glimpse of a break point. “I think for me the plan worked. I was able to mix up my game, cover my serve, be dangerous on the return. Maybe take some rhythm away from Stan, like I always try to do, but you can’t always make it work.” a delighted Federer said afterwards.
Despite never facing Edmund, Federer is more than familiar with the threat the Brit poses. “He’s got good balance. Very similar backhand to [Andy] Murray in some ways, also, by the technique of it. And the forehand really goes. He’s got some major power there. He can also serve big in the first serve.” he noted, well up on Edmund’s game. Edmund is still way off his career high ranking of 14 but is setting himself up well for the rest of the season if the last 3 weeks are anything to go by.
Prediction – Roger Federer in straight sets