- Three-time champion Rafael Nadal powered into the fourth round at Indian Wells on Tuesday and a quarter-final showdown with Roger Federer. The world number six edged fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 7-5 to keep his challenge for a first title of 2017 on course. The 14-time Grand Slam champion hasn't won a hard court crown since 2014 and lost to Federer in five sets when they met in the Australian Open final. "I think I played much better today than the first day," Nadal said. "I played two horrible games, that's it. For the rest of the match I think I played very well."