Tennis: Roger Federer books fourth-round clash with Rafael Nadal at Indian Wells

Roger Federer returns a shot to Steve Johnson during their match at the 2017 BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 14, 2017.
Roger Federer returns a shot to Steve Johnson during their match at the 2017 BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 14, 2017. PHOTO: EPA

Indian Wells, California (AFP) - Swiss great Roger Federer beat Steve Johnson 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-4) to book a fourth-round meeting with Rafael Nadal at the ATP Indian Wells Masters on Tuesday.

The round of 16 clash between Federer and Nadal will come six weeks after Federer beat the Spaniard in the Australian Open final to claim his 18th Grand Slam crown.