Two star-studded quarter-finals featuring four Top 10 players await fans at the BNP Paribas Open on Friday: Top seed Novak Djokovic vs. No. 7 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and No. 4 seed Rafael Nadal vs. No. 5 seed Kei Nishikori. Three of Nadal’s record 27 ATP Masters 1000 titles have come in Indian Wells. That’s one more Masters 1000 and one less BNP Paribas Open title than Djokovic has won as the Serb nears a tournament-record fifth championship.
Friday’s first-quarterfinal pits a pair of players who saved one match point in the fourth round. Nadal rallied from 5-2 down in the third set to defeat 18-year-old Alexander Zverev, while Nishikori edged No. 9 seed John Isner without a single service break. Nadal owns a 7-1 FedEx ATP Head 2 Head record against Nishikori, who beat him in their last meeting at 2015 ATP Masters 1000 Montréal.
The 2007, 2009 and 2013 BNP Paribas Open champion Nadal has won only one of the last 20 ATP Masters 1000 tournaments. Djokovic has triumphed at 12 ATP Masters 1000 events during that stretch, highlighted by back-to-back BNP Paribas Open titles. He is 14-6 overall against Tsonga (8-6 on hard courts), though the Frenchman has beaten him twice at this level. Tsonga defeated Djokovic en route to titles at 2008 ATP Masters 1000 Paris and 2014 ATP Masters 1000 Toronto.