Roger Federer, of Switzerland, celebrates after beating Rafael Nadal, of Spain, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Federer Keeps Nadal at Bay in Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS, Calif -- For the second time in nearly two months, Roger Federer defeated Rafael Nadal in an anticlimactic fourth round match of the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday.

Federer went up 2-0 in the first set, breaking Nadal again to go up 4-1 and then closing the set 6-2 in 34 minutes.

In the second set, The Swiss broke in the middle of the set and ran away with the match, taking it 6-2, 6-3 in 68 minutes.

In what was the most anticipated match of the tournament, Federer took the racquet off Nadal's hands the entire match, not allowing the Spaniard to play his best tennis.

"He's always played well, very aggressive," said Nadal dejectedly. "And his backhand was enough good to win the match.

"But at the same time it's obvious, as I said before, no, I need to hit longer and I need to hit higher, longer to create him problems, no?

"I was not able to do that, and then he was advantage. The main thing he take the break in the first game, and I had break point in the next game and come back and he had a good serve," said Nadal.

Federer next faces inspired Nick Kyrgios, who took out defending champ Novak Djokovic in a straight-sets 6-4, 7-6(3) win earlier today. The 21-year-old leads their head-to-head 1-0. He beat Federer at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 in Madrid in 2015.

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