Tennis: Roger Federer sweeps Rafael Nadal aside to move into Indian Wells quarter-finals

Roger Federer of Switzerland playing a backhand during his straight sets victory against Rafael Nadal of Spain in their fourth round match during day ten of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 15, 2017, in Indian Wells, Califo
Roger Federer of Switzerland playing a backhand during his straight sets victory against Rafael Nadal of Spain in their fourth round match during day ten of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 15, 2017, in Indian Wells, California.PHOTO: AFP

INDIAN WELLS (AFP) - Roger Federer reprised his Australian Open triumph over Rafael Nadal on Wednesday, sweeping past the Spaniard 6-2, 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals of the ATP Indian Wells Masters.

In the 36th career meeting between the two superstars, Federer needed just 68 minutes to advance to a meeting with Australian Nick Kyrgios, who toppled five-time Indian Wells champion Novak Djokovic 6-4, 7-6 (7-3).

The victory marked the first time in a rivalry stretching back to 2004 that Federer has strung together three straight wins over Nadal. He beat the Spaniard in the final at Basel in 2015 and in an epic Australian Open final in January in their two most recent previous contests.

World No. 3 Stan Wawrinka rallied for 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) victory over Japanese lucky loser Yoshihito Nishioka.

Switzerland's Wawrinka, a three-time Grand Slam champion, laboured for 2hr 13min to get past the 70th-ranked Nishioka, who twice served for the match in the third set before succumbing in the tiebreaker.