Federer: It’s a nice feeling

Roger Federer admitted to feeling quite happy following his straight-set demolition of Rafael Nadal in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday.

The 18-time grand slam winner was in a class of his own against his old rival, crushing backhand winner and playing aggressive tennis to win 6-2, 6-3. Federer's win marks the first time in his career he has beaten Nadal three times in a row.

"It's a nice feeling to win the last three, I can tell you that," the 35-year-old told atpworldtour.com.

"But most importantly, I won Australia. That was big for me. On the comeback, I look back at that and think that was one of the coolest things I ever experienced in my career.

"Basel was special, too, for many reasons, because I used to be a ballboy there. After the Australian hype, to play here in America right away, all of them are very special.

"All the matches that we have played are unique in many ways for both of us, winning or losing. So I take it. Obviously, I can't celebrate too long this time around. I have to get back to work in a couple of days."

Federer attributes his recent success to his picturesque one-handed backhand, which has somehow got even better.

"I think the backhand has gotten better because I have been able to put in so many hours with the [new] racquet now," he added.

"Really, since this year I feel super comfortable with the racquet, and I think I have also gained confidence stepping into it.

"I think all my coaches throughout my career have told me to go more for the backhand, but I used to shank more. So maybe deep down I didn't always believe that I had it in the most important moments. But I think that's changing little by little, which I'm very happy about."

Federer faces the in-form Nick Kyrgios in the quarter-finals on Friday at Indian Wells.