He booked a 39th career meeting with Federer, a five-time champion at Indian Wells who breezed past 67th-ranked Hubert Hurkacz of Poland 6-4, 6-4. Although he wasn't moving as well, Nadal gained the first break of the second set to lead 3-2, but was immediately broken himself. Nadal leads the head-to-head rivalry with Federer 23-15, but Federer has won 11 of their 20 hard-court meetings, including their last five. One break in each set was all Federer needed to seal the win after an hour and 14 minutes. "Overall I'm very pleased with that performance," said Federer, who has reached the final four without dropping a set, winning 38 of his 39 service games.
Source: The Nation Bangkok March 15, 2019 23:48 UTC