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Roger Federer played superbly to claim a third straight win over Rafael Nadal for the first time in his career and reach the last eight in Indian Wells.

The Swiss, 35, won 6-2 6-3 to follow up his Australian Open final victory over the Spaniard two months ago, when Federer won his 18th Grand Slam title.

He will next face Australia's Nick Kyrgios, who upset world number two Novak Djokovic 6-4 7-6 (7-3).

Svetlana Kuznetsova was the first player into the women's semis.

The eighth seed saw off fellow Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-3 6-2 and will meet Czech third seed Karolina Pliskova, after she beat Spain's French Open champion Garbine Muguruza 7-6 7-6.

In the pair's 36th meeting - and first before the quarter-finals of a tournament since their initial meeting in Miami 13 years ago - Federer notched his 13th victory and third in a row.

Nadal, 30, had built his success against Federer over the years on attacking the Swiss player's backhand, but Federer turned his weaker wing into a weapon in the Australian Open final, and if anything was even more aggressive in Indian Wells.

Federer crunched six backhand winners to none from Nadal as he played a flawless opening set, taking it in a little over half an hour.

Nadal might have hoped to profit from a surface markedly slower than that in Melbourne but it did nothing to curb Federer's aggressive intent.

Another early break in the second set had Federer within sight of the finish line and he raced through with four breaks of serve to none to win in 68 minutes.

"I did very well today, I'm so pleased I'm able to step into the court and play super aggressive," said Federer. "Coming over the backhand has been part of that."

"It's a nice feeling to win the last three. I can tell you that," added the four-time Indian Wells champion. "But most importantly, I won Australia. That was big for me.

"For me, it was all about coming out and trying to play the way I did in Australia. I didn't think it was going to be that possible, to be quite honest, because the court is more jumpy here so it's hard to put the ball away."

Djokovic helpless against Kyrgios serve

Kyrgios, 21, gave further evidence that he is now a force to be reckoned with as he blunted the Djokovic return game with another magnificent serving performance.

Djokovic, 29, was on a 19-match winning streak in the Californian desert, and bidding for a fourth consecutive title, but Kyrgios took their personal head-to-head to 2-0 as he repeated his victory in their first meeting in Acapulco 12 days ago.

Just as he had in Mexico earlier this month, Kyrgios gave the Serb nothing to work with as he powered through without facing a break point in nearly two hours.

The Australian grabbed the only service break of the match in the opening game, which proved enough to take the first set, and clinched the second after racing into a 3-0 tie-break lead.

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