Daniell earned his place at the tournament after reaching the men’s doubles quarter-finals at this year’s Australian Open and he repeated that achievement at Indian Wells with new partner Diego Schwartzman of Argentina. Their run was ended on Thursday by home favourites Mike and Bob Bryan.
Federer, the 20-time Grand Slam winner, remains unbeaten during 2018 and is once again through to another singles final.
Liam Broady – who, like Daniell, is coached by Dave Sammel and Ian MacDonald at the University of Bath Sports Training Village – is also competing across the Atlantic this week, at the ATP Challenger Drummondville tournament in Canada.
The GB Davis Cup player also reached the quarter-finals of the men’s doubles with South Africa’s Ruan Roelofse, their highlight being a brilliant 7-6 3-6 10-3 victory over top seeds John-Patrick Smith and Matt Reid of Australia.