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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal set up last-16 meeting at Indian Wells Masters

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will renew rivalries when they meet in the last 16 of the Indian Wells Masters.

The pair’s most recent meeting ended with Federer lifting the title at the Australian Open in January after a five-set battle in Melbourne.

Federer, the ninth seed in California, booked his place in the fourth round with a straight-sets victory over Steve Johnson, winning 7-6 7-6.

Fifth seed Nadal, meanwhile, made it through with a routine 6-3 7-5 win over fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.

Despite leading the head-to-head comfortably, Nadal, who won his 50th match at Indian Wells, knows what to expect.

Nadal reached the last 16 with a straight sets win over Fernando Verdasco (Photo: Getty Images North America)
The fifth seed has won a total of 50 matches at Indian Wells during his career (Photo: Getty Images North America)

He said in his post-match press conference: “He (Federer) has the talent to do very difficult things that look easy. He’s able to take the ball very early. Serve and first shot, he creates a lot of winners with that, the two first shots.”

Federer added: “That’s why I came here, to play against guys like Rafa. Now we have it. I’m going to be excited now, I’d better be excited now otherwise I came for the wrong reasons.

“I try to see it really as another opportunity to build upon something for the rest of the season.

“So regardless of Australia, winning or losing, I’m going to try to go out there and try to play free again. I think it’s really important.”

Federer came through two tie-breaks against Steve Johnson to reach the fourth round (Photo: Getty Images North America)
The Swiss is looking forward to locking horns with his old rival once more (Photo: Getty Images North America)

Novak Djokovic extended his impressive winning streak at Indian Wells to 19 matches after coming out on top in an epic battle with Juan Martin del Potro.

The world No 2, who has not been beaten at this tournament since a defeat to Del Potro in 2013, got the better of his opponent this time around, winning 7-5 4-6 6-1.

Djokovic fought back from a break down in the first set to claim it, before the Argentinian forced a decider with some incredible power hitting.

It was the Serb who showcased his famous durability, though, as he broke Del Potro twice in the third set to claim a memorable victory and set up a quarter-final tie with Nick Kyrgios.

Novak Djokovic will meet Nick Kyrgios in one of the other last 16 ties (Photo: Getty Images North America)
The world No 2 outlasted Juan Martin del Potro over three sets (Photo: USA Today Sports)

Bad boy Kyrgios kept his tantrums to a minimum to win a highly entertaining contest with fellow rising star Alexander Zverev. The Australian triumphed 6-3 6-4.

Fourth seed Kei Nishikori enjoyed the easiest of run outs against Gilles Muller, winning 6-2 6-2 and setting up a quarter-final clash with American Donald Young, who beat Lucas Pouille 6-3 6-2.

American Jack Sock staved off four match points to beat Grigor Dimitrov 3-6 6-3 7-6 while Tunisian Malek Jaziri continued his impressive run with a 6-3 3-6 6-3 win over home favourite Taylor Fritz.

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