Three-time champion Rafael Nadal and five-time champion Roger Federer both earned a berth in the quarterfinals at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Wednesday, one step away from another possible classic clash in the semis.
Kecmanovic, who gained entry to the second round when fifth-seeded Kevin Anderson withdrew with an elbow injury, is in his first ATP quarter-final. "They warned me they were going to put me on at 11.00 (a.m.)".
Standing in the way to her first Indian Wells final is Ukraine's sixth seed Elina Svitolina, who managed a comeback victory 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 over Czech Marketa Vondrousova later on Wednesday.
"I hope I can get there", Federer said, "but I'm not going to underestimate Hubert".
Afterwards, in a clear indication of her confidence, Andreescu said: "For me, the sky's the limit".
Nadal, meanwhile, himself a 17-time Grand Slam champion and the current world number four, beat Serbia's Filip Krajinovic 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 26 minutes.
"It will be amusing that somebody other than Novak is still in", Kecmanovic said of top-ranked Djokovic, his famous countryman who was upset on Tuesday.
"The difference between players is not huge".
Nishioka retired after losing the first set 6-4, having first sought treatment on court. "It's small gaps", Nadal said about the upsets.
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Raonic will be Kecmanovic's next opponent after the big-serving 13th seed accounted for German Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4 6-3.
"It's true that for the last 10 years didn't happen very often". "It's one of these victories today I'm really proud of", Nadal told reporters, declining to absolutely guarantee that he would be okay to play on Saturday.
In their first meeting, Federer jumped out quickly up 4-0 and never looked back rolling to a 6-1, 6-4 win.
"He's got everything in the game".
Federer will face Hurkacz for the first time in the quarterfinals.
Philipp Kohlschreiber stunned Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-4 in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday, sending the world number one tumbling out of a tournament he had won five times.
"Maybe because of the conditions".
He next will take on 13th-ranked Russian Karen Khachanov, who beat world number nine John Isner 6-4, 7-6 (7/1). Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka, the world's top-ranked players, lost in straight sets.