Indian Wells Schedule: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal Could Collide in the Fourth Round

By Teddy Cecilio, Posted: 03/14/17 07:20AM EDT

Long-time rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are headed on a collision course in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas open after dispatching their respective second-round opponents.

Nadal, seeded fifth in the event, defeated Guido Pella, 6-3, 6-2. He will next play No. 26 seed Fernando Verdasco, who claimed a 7-6(5), 6-1 victory over Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

The ninth-seeded Federer cruised past Stephane Robert, 6-2, 6-1, in just 51 minutes. For a place in the next round, he will clash with No. 24 seed Steve Johnson, who is coming off a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(4) win over Kevin Anderson in two hours and 14 minutes.

"Very happy. The knee is a thing of the past, which is great. I don't even have to think or talk about it. So I thought the match went really well," Federer told "I'm very pleased with how it went. And moving on to the next round, it's going to be a different matchup, so I've got to adjust again."

Second seed Novak Djokovic also reached the third round after beating Kyle Edmund, 6-4, 7-6 (5). He will next play Juan Martin del Potro, who beat Federico Delbonis, 7-6(5), 6-3, in an all-Argentine clash.

"I think I played very well in the first set. Second set was obviously up and down," Djokovic said. "But credit to Kyle for playing some really aggressive tennis and taking it all out. He made a lot of winners in the beginning and midway through the second."

Djokovic and del Potro will collide for the 17th time, with the Serbian leading their head-to-head, 12-4. However, del Potro defeated Djokovic via two tie-breaks at the Rio Olympics.

Other winners were Kei Nishikori, Grigor Dimitrov, Nick Kyrgios and Alexander Zverev. On the women's side, French Open champion Garbine Muguruza reached the next round together with Johanna Konta, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Timea Bacsinszky.

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