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Nadal vs Krajinovic ATP Indian Wells live streaming, preview and tips - Nadal set to end the run of qualifier Krajinovic in fourth round

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 13 Mar 2019
  • Rafael Nadal vs Filip Krajinovic is live from Indian Wells at 11.00am local time on Wednesday (6.00pm GMT)
  • First career meeting between the pair
Rafael Nadal (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Three-time Indian Wells Masters champion Rafael Nadal aims for the quarter-finals on Wednesday when he takes on the unseeded Filip Krajinovic in the fourth round.

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Now the highest-ranked player left in the draw after Novak Djokovic’s shock loss on Tuesday, second seed Rafael Nadal continues his quest for a 34th ATP Masters 1000 title on Wednesday against former Paris Masters runner-up Filip Krajinovic in the fourth round.

Nadal has been completely and utterly dominant since touching down in the Coachella Valley this season, crushing Jared Donaldson 6-1 6-1 in his opening match before brushing aside the challenge of Diego Schwartzman 6-3 6-1 on Tuesday in the third round. Nadal has now beaten Schwartzman in all seven of their previous meetings, with five of those victories coming in straight sets. The forehands were bruising and the intensity was relentless as Nadal delivered a vintage display that has seen him climb to the top of the leading contenders for the title, especially after an out-of-sorts Djokovic was eliminated later on Tuesday by German veteran Philipp Kohlschreiber.

As a result, the top half of the draw has been blown wide open, with one of Kohlschreiber, Gael Monfils, Milos Raonic, Jan-Lennard Struff, Yoshihito Nishioka, Dominic Thiem, Ivo Karlovic or Miomir Kecmanovic set to make the final. Nadal is in the stronger bottom half, but if he can work his way through the draw - and possibly a semi-final showdown with Roger Federer - then he will be very confident of going all the way to a fourth Indian Wells Masters title.

Nadal only has points to gain over the Sunshine Swing this season after pulling out of both Indian Wells and Miami last year with injury and in order to preserve his body for the clay season - a move which paid dividends as he went on to win record titles in Monte-Carlo, Barcelona and the French Open, while he also secured the silverware in Rome and made the quarter-finals of Madrid, losing just one match over the course of the clay swing. Nadal would go on to lose an epic semi-final clash to Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon before winning his first hardcourt tournament of the season at the Canada Masters, but a knee injury would cause him to retire in the U.S. Open semi-finals against Juan Martin del Potro. That injury - and minor surgery on his ankle - would sideline Nadal for the remainder of 2018, and after he withdrew from the Brisbane International at the start of 2019, there were question marks as to whether he’d even be able to compete in Melbourne.

However, the 32-year-old played his best hardcourt tennis in years as he surged to the final without dropping a set, but there was nothing Nadal could do as he was trounced in straight sets by a rampaging Djokovic in the final. Nadal also ran into a red-hot opponent in the form of Nick Kyrgios as the Australian saved three match points to beat him in the second round of Acapulco, but the Spaniard shouldn’t be too deterred from those defeats, with Djokovic and Kyrgios playing almost unstoppable tennis in those matches. Flowing along nicely in Indian Wells so far, will it be another dominant display from Nadal on Wednesday?

Filip Krajinovic (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)
Filip Krajinovic is the man who stands in his way in the Round of 16. The Serbian has put together a superb tournament after losing in the second round of the Indian Wells Challenger event to journeyman Jason Jung the week before the Masters 1000 event kicked off, qualifying for the main draw with wins over Ramkumar Ramanathan and Ricardas Berankis and surging into the fourth round with more victories over Mikhail Kukushkin, David Goffin and a massive upset over in-form 14th seed Daniil Medvedev - and he won all five of those matches in straight sets. Krajinovic is seemingly playing with a bit of extra incentive lately - he recently split with coach and former Australian Open champion Thomas Johannson in unsavoury circumstances…

One of the brightest young prospects in tennis around a decade ago, Krajinovic’s career has been mostly derailed by injuries, and just two years ago, he was hovering around the 300 mark in the rankings. However, after getting his body right, Krajinovic won four Challenger titles in 2017 to work is way back into the top 100, but it was his dream run to the Paris Masters final at the end of that season that saw him bolt up the rankings and into the top 30, with the Serbian coming from qualifying to reach his first Masters 1000 title match, where he was ultimately denied by Jack Sock. The 27-year-old fell off a bit last year, winning just 14 matches, but he’s already playing much better in 2019, winning nine and coming off a brilliant 6-3 6-2 win over Sofia champion Medvedev.

These two have never played before, but they were supposed during Krajinovic’s run to the Paris Masters final, with Nadal withdrawing ahead of their quarter-final clash with injury. Fully fit and in intimidating form this time, Nadal is the strong favourite to make the quarter-finals on Wednesday. Krajinovic has some flashy shots in his arsenal when in this sort of mood, but Nadal is going to force him into positions on court he hasn’t been in this week. The Serbian doesn’t have that one big weapon you usually need to trouble Nadal - a huge serve or forehand - and if the Spaniard simply plays within himself, he should be cruising into the last eight.

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Nadal vs Krajinovic ATP Indian Wells live streaming, preview and tips - Nadal set to end the run of qualifier Krajinovic in fourth round

Three-time Indian Wells Masters champion Rafael Nadal aims for the quarter-finals on Wednesday when he takes on the unseeded Filip Krajinovic in the fourth round.

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