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Federer Races Into Fourth Round; Gasquet, Simon Advance

Indian Wells, U.S.A.

Federer© Getty ImagesRoger Federer needed just 61 minutes to reach the fourth round.

Roger Federer wasted no time in booking his fourth-round spot at the BNP Paribas Open on Monday, dismissing Croatia’s Ivan Dodig 6-3, 6-1 in 61 minutes. The defending champion rallied from 0/40 down in the first game and never looked back, breaking serve four times and winning 82 per cent of points on his first serve.

"It was a tough day," said Federer. "Ivan played really well and I struggled early on in the first few games. Then I got a bit of a break at the end of the first set, started to play better. In the last couple of games Ivan didn't play so well and I was able to take advantage of it. It was a really good win for me."

The 31-year-old Federer has a 41-8 record at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, winning the title in 2004-’06 and again last year with victory over John Isner. He is bidding to win a record 22nd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown.

Federer is chasing his first ATP World Tour title since August, when he triumphed at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati (d. Djokovic). This season he has been a semifinalist at the Australian Open (l. to Murray) and Dubai (l. to Berdych) and reached the quarterfinals in Rotterdam (l. to Benneteau).

In the fourth round, Federer will face Swiss countryman Stanislas Wawrinka, who defeated two-time former Indian Wells champion Lleyton Hewitt 6-4, 7-5 in the last match of the day. The 18th-seeded Wawrinka let slip a break advantage in the second set, but broke Hewitt decisively in the 11th game before sealing victory in 84 minutes.

Federer has a commanding 12-1 lead over Wawrinka, with whom he won the doubles gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Wawrinka’s lone victory came on clay in Monte-Carlo four years ago.

Gilles Simon came back from the brink for the second match in a row, winning an all-French battle with Benoit Paire 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4. In a match featuring 14 breaks of serve, Paire served for the match at 6-5 in the second set, but was broken without holding match point. Simon then won the ensuing tie-break and broke serve at the start of the third set before closing out victory in two hours and 15 minutes. In his second-round match, Simon saved three match points to defeat Paolo Lorenzi.

Tenth seed Richard Gasquet set a fourth-round clash with sixth seed Tomas Berdych after dismissing Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz 6-1, 6-4 in 66 minutes. Gasquet won 76 per cent of his service points and broke serve three times.

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