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Federer rolls into fourth round at Indian Wells

2018-03-13 07:17
Roger Federer (Getty)

Indian Wells - World number one Roger Federer stepped up his bid for a sixth Indian Wells Masters title with a 6-2, 6-1 demolition of Filip Krajinovic on Monday. 

The 36-year-old marvel continues to defy the ageing process as he needed just 58 minutes to overpower the Serb with a brilliant display of Swiss timing. 

"I was feeling like he was not loving my slice and I was also mixing in drop shots," said Federer who extended his perfect record this season to 14-0. 

"I really (felt) I was able to mix up my game nicely, make it difficult for him. 

"At the same time, have fun with my game, play a variation, but for the most part try to stay on the offensive." 

Federer blasted six aces had one double fault and won 89 percent of his first serve points, losing just three points on his serve the entire match. 

"I actually was explosive out there today and I felt good," he said. "So I'm very happy how things are turning out to be." 

After handing back an early break to allow Krajinovic to draw level at two-all, Federer moved into cruise control. 

At one point he won 17 straight points en route to taking a 6-2, 3-0 lead, winning 10 of the final 11 games in the match. 

Federer, who is the defending champion and trying to win a record sixth title in the California desert, was on the centre stadium for the third day in a row. 

His opening match on Saturday night against Federico Delbonis carried over into Sunday afternoon after heavy rains forced a postponement of several night matches. 

He said playing matches three days in a row doesn't faze him. 

"You've got to be ready for it. It's what tennis players do. We wait, we play, we wait again, we play again. 

"In Rotterdam I played five matches in a row," he said. "Back in the day, I used to play six matches in a row. 

"At the Masters 1000s, when the format was different, it was the best-of-five-set finals in the finals. Playing three matches in a row. I think I'm okay." 

Federer has already won two titles in 2018, claiming his 20th Grand Slam crown by winning the Australian Open in January, while the other victory came in Rotterdam. 

In the next round he faces Jeremy Chardy who beat fellow Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 7-5, 4-6, 6-1. 

In other men's matches, American Taylor Fritz defeated Fernando Verdasco, of Spain, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7/1), Croatia's Borna Coric breezed past Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1, 6-3 and Pablo Carreno Busta, of Spain, stopped Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-1, 7-5.

Results on Monday on the sixth day of the ATP and WTA Indian Wells tournament:

Men

3rd rd

Roger Federer (SUI x1) bt Filip Krajinovic (SRB x25) 6-2, 6-1

Jeremy Chardy (FRA) bt Adrian Mannarino (FRA x20) 7-5, 4-6, 6-1

Pablo Cuevas (URU x30) bt Dominic Thiem (AUT x5) 3-6, 6-4, 4-2 retired

Taylor Fritz (USA) bt Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7/1)

Borna Coric (CRO) bt Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP x13) 6-1, 6-3

Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP x11) bt Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 6-1, 7-5

Kevin Anderson (RSA x7) bt Nicolas Kicker (ARG) 7-6 (7/1), 7-6 (7/3)

Women

3rd rd

Venus Williams (USA x8) bt Serena Williams (USA) 6-3, 6-4

Anastasija Sevastova (LAT x21) bt Julia Goerges (GER x12) 6-3, 6-3

Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP x27) bt Elina Svitolina (UKR x4) 7-5, 6-3

Caroline Garcia (FRA x7) bt Daria Gavrilova (AUS x26) 7-5, 6-4

Danielle Collins (USA) bt Sofya Zhuk (RUS) 6-4, 6-4

Angelique Kerber (GER x10) bt Elena Vesnina (RUS x24) 7-5, 6-2

Caroline Wozniacki (DEN x2) bt Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3

Darya Kasatkina (RUS x20) bt Sloane Stephens (USA x13) 6-4, 6-3

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