Australian Kyrgios had beaten Djokovic in the quarter-finals
in Acapulco almost two weeks ago in their first career meeting,
and repeated the feat on Wednesday to reach the last eight,
where he will face Federer.
The Swiss defeated Nadal 6-2 6-3 in the 36th meeting between the
pair. It marked the first time Federer had recorded three
consecutive wins over the Spaniard.
Federer, who got the better of his Spanish rival in a thrilling
five-setter at the Australian Open final in January, broke
Nadal’s serve to open the match then survived a break point to
hold with a backhand winner down the line for 2-0.
The Swiss then took a 4-1 lead before sealing the set and
continued to press in the second, keeping Nadal on his heels.
“It's a nice feeling to win the last three, I can tell you
that,” Federer told reporters.
“After the Australian hype, to play here in America right away,
all of them are very special. Obviously can't celebrate too long
this time around. I have to get back to work in a couple of
In other matches, third seed Stan Wawrinka overcame Yoshihito
Nishioka 3-6 6-3 7-6(4), Austria’s Dominic Thiem defeated
Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-3 6-2, and Japan’s Kei Nishikori beat
Donald Young 6-2 6-4.
Jack Sock defeated Malek Jaziri in three sets while Uruguay’s
Pablo Cuevas upset 11th-seed David Goffin 6-3 3-6 6-3.
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter
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