Federer defeats Edmund to reach Indian Wells quarter-finals
Roger Federer has eased his way into the quarter-finals of the Indian Wells Masters after beating Kyle Edmund in straight sets.
The Swiss ace, who is chasing a record-breaking sixth title at Indian Wells, was rarely troubled by the British number one, as he claimed a 6-1 6-4 win in just over an hour on court.
It was the first-ever meeting between the two players and, despite the routine nature of his victory, Federer was full of praise for Edmund after the match, who he feels the 24-year-old is capable of rising to the top of the sport.
"He didn't have the best start, so that cost him the first set. Second set, it was definitely better. I think he probably struggled throughout a little bit. He never really got going," Federer said of Edmund after the match.
"He's got everything in the game. It's just a matter of keeping improving, keep plugging away, and then he will make big results again. He knows that."
Federer's reward for reaching the quarter-finals will be a clash with the unseeded Hubert Hurkacz, who overcame Denis Shapovalov in three sets to reach the last eight.
Rafael Nadal is also through to the quarter-finals after easing past Filip Krajinovic 6-3 6-4 in his fourth-round match and next up for him will be a clash with 12th seed Karen Khachanov.
The rest of the quarter-final line-up will see Gael Monfils take on Dominic Thiem and Milos Raonic face off against lucky loser Miomir Kecmanovic.
Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.