Nadal to meet Federer in quarterfinals

March 14, 2013 at 4:59 AM

INDIAN WELLS, Calif., March 14 (UPI) -- Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer set up a quarterfinal meeting Wednesday with hard-fought victories at the BNP Paribas Open.

Meeting as early as the quarterfinals is a rarity for two of the game's all-time great players. Nadal slipped to No. 5 in the world during his injury-caused absence last year and was placed in the same quarter of the draw as Federer for this Masters series event.

Nadal escaped with a 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 win over Ernests Gulbis Wednesday and Federer fought off Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3, 6-7 (4-7) 7-5.

Nadal holds an 18-11 advantage over Federer. They have not met since this tournament last year, when Federer won in the semifinals.

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic kept his 2013 record perfect with a 6-0, 7-6 (8-6) win over Sam Querrey. Djokovic controlled the first set, losing only four points on serve. Querrey managed a break in the second set but Djokovic prevailed in the tiebreaker.

All eight of the matches in the round of 16 were played Wednesday with third-seeded Andy Murray setting up a quarterfinal match against Juan Martin del Potro.

Murray defeated Carlos Berlocq 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 and del Potro was a 6-1, 6-2 winner over Tommy Haas.

Tomas Berdych disposed of Richard Gasquet 6-1, 7-5 and will take on Kevin Anderson in the quarterfinals after Anderson ousted Gilles Simon 6-3, 1-6, 6-4.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also made it to the quarterfinals with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 decision over Milos Raonic. Tsonga will face Djokovic in the quarterfinals.

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