Miami, March 29: Swiss tennis star Roger Federer and Spanish Rafael Nadal on Wednesday swiftly entered into the quarter-finals of Men’s single in Miami Open. Notably, Roger Federer defeated Roberto Bautista-Agut by 7-6, 7-6 while Rafael Nadal had to be near his best to beat Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 7-6.
However, it was not easy for Federer to win the contest but Bautista Agut played the match of his life, hitting the ball deep with relentless precision in an effort to keep Federer pinned to the baseline, giving the 18-times Grand Slam champion everything he could handle. But Federer's class proved the difference in the tiebreaks as he improved to 6-0 lifetime against Agut and advanced to a quarter-final match against Czech 10th seed Tomas Berdych.
On the other side, fifth seed Rafael Nadal won in straight sets but also had to be near his best to beat Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 7-6. He will face American Jack Sock in the last eight. Meanwhile, Wawrinka, who lost to Federer in the Indian Wells final earlier was denied a chance of setting up a possible rematch in Miami.
The 19-year-old Zverev dominated the final two sets against Wawrinka, breaking twice in the second and three times in the third to earn a quarter-final encounter with Nick Kyrgios after the Australia overcame David Goffin of Belgium 7-6, 6-3.
Interestingly, all the top seeds had competitive matches on Tuesday, with Japanese second seed Kei Nishikori also taken to three sets before ousting Federico Delbonis of Argentina 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.