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Federer vs Edmund ATP Indian Wells live streaming, preview and tips - Federer and Edmund clash for the first time in fourth round

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 13 Mar 2019
  • Roger Federer vs Kyle Edmund is live from Indian Wells around 2.30pm local time on Wednesday (9.30pm GMT)
  • It will be the first career meeting between the pair
Roger Federer (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Roger Federer and Kyle Edmund both bring seven-match winning streaks into their fourth round Indian Wells Masters clash on Wednesday.

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It will be a first career meeting between 20-time major champion Roger Federer and British hope Kyle Edmund when the pair face off for a place in the Indian Wells Masters quarter-finals on Wednesday.

Fresh off joining Jimmy Connors as the only men to have won 100 career singles titles when he triumphed in Dubai a couple of weeks ago, Federer has continued his strong form in Indian Wells, breezing into the fourth round without dropping a set. The Swiss was a little shaky in a 6-1 7-5 win over Peter Gojowczyk in his opening match and easily could have lost the second set after going down a break, but he was almost flawless in his third round encounter with good friend and three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka on Tuesday night. Federer has dominated their head-to-head in the past, especially on hardcourt, and that trend continued in the Californian desert as the 37-year-old cruised to a routine 6-3 6-4 victory, breaking Wawrinka twice in each set and not facing a single break point himself in the dominant 59-minute triumph.

Federer is looking to win a record sixth Indian Wells title this week (he was runner-up to Juan Martin del Potro last year) and secure a first Masters 1000 crown since lifting the 2017 Shanghai trophy. He started 2018 with a bang as he captured his 20th major title at the Australian Open, and for a moment, especially after he regained the No. 1 ranking and won Rotterdam, it appeared as if the Swiss maestro was going to continue his extraordinary run of form from his 2017 resurgent season, which saw him take home seven titles, including the Australian Open, Wimbledon, Indian Wells, Miami and Shanghai. However, Federer would go on to suffer a number of uncharacteristic losses - most notably against Thanasi Kokkinakis in Miami, Kevin Anderson at Wimbledon and John Millman at the U.S. Open - failing to win another title above 500-level for the remainder of the year.

However, Federer has been playing some fine tennis to launch 2019, with his only defeat coming to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the fourth round of the Australian Open. He won all three of his Hopman Cup matches and won his aforementioned 100th title in Dubai, avenging his loss in Melbourne to Tsitsipas in the final to boot. With Novak Djokovic suffering a shock loss to Philipp Kohlschreiber, Federer and both Rafael Nadal are now big favourites to reign supreme in the desert. The pair are on course for a semi-final blockbuster, but first Federer must turn his attention to a resurgent Kyle Edmund.

Kyle Edmund (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Edmund also arrives at this Indian Wells fourth round showdown on a seven-match winning streak, although much of his run was compiled at Challenger level, with the Brit taking home the Indian Wells Challenger title in the week before the Masters 1000 event started, coming through a strong field with wins over the likes of Tommy Robredo, Lukas Rosol, Lloyd Harris and Andrey Rublev. That triumph has obviously given Edmund a lot of confidence - he’s surged through the Indian Wells Masters draw ruthlessly over the last week, beating Nicolas Jarry 6-2 6-0 and Delray Beach champion Radu Albot 6-3 6-3 to make the Round of 16.


Those were Edmund’s first tour-level wins since October last year and just his second since claiming his maiden ATP title in Antwerp. The 24-year-old lost in the opening rounds of Brisbane and the Australian Open, and after splitting with his coach Fredrik Rosengren (the Swede retired in order to spend more time with his family), was sidelined for the next month with a knee injury, which also contributed to his defeats in Brisbane and Melbourne and caused him to withdraw from the Sydney International in-between. However, Edmund - who made his first Grand Slam semi-final at the Australian Open last year - looks like he is recapturing his best tennis in Indian Wells. Can he produce another shock in the desert on Wednesday?

It’s unlikely in my opinion. Edmund has a big game built around an enormous forehand, but Federer typically eats up fairly one-dimensional players like him when he’s playing well. The Swiss clearly recognised he needed to raise his level for Wawrinka, and if he remains at that sort of quality on Wednesday, he should have too much class for Edmund, who is on his way back but probably not at the level required just yet to eliminate the five-time champion.


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