Federer, Wawrinka Stay On Course
Indian Wells, U.S.A.
Four-time champion Roger Federer edged Russian Dmitry Tursunov 7-6(7), 7-6(2) on Monday afternoon at the BNP Paribas Open to reach the Round of 16.
The 32-year-old Swiss will await the winner between German Tommy Haas and Japan’s Kei Nishikori, who face off in the last match on Stadium 1 Monday night.
Federer won his third straight tie-break in the desert, including his defeat of Frenchman Paul-Henri Matheiu in his second-round opener. Federer and Tursunov both capitalized on two of their three break points during the one hour, 45-minute match, their first encounter since the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
"Now I feel like I'm in a good place. Zen on the court," said Federer. "I know what my solid level is. Even if I won 6 and 6 today, I just feel like I was calm and served for the set. Okay, got broken. Still managed to stay calm. Down a set in the second; stayed calm and came back. So those are the moments where you feel there is confidence around somewhere."
World No. 8 Federer came to Indian Wells on the heels of his triumph at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, and extended his winning streak to eight matches.
Federer goes on to play Tommy Haas, who rounded out the day’s play as he defeated Kei Nishikori, 11 years his junior, 7-6(3), 6-2 in one hour and 31 minutes. The 11th-seeded German broke serve four times as he clinched his ninth win of the season. The 35-year-old Haas was runner-up at the PBZ Zagreb Indoors (l. to Cilic) last month. He goes into the clash with Federer looking to overturn a 3-12 FedEx ATP Head2Head record.
No. 3 seed Stanislas Wawrinka moved one step closer to a rematch in the desert with his compatriot Federer, needing just 49 minutes to dispatch Andreas Seppi 6-0, 6-2 and advance to the Round of 16.
Wawrinka improved his perfect record in 2014 to 13-0 with the victory. The 28 year old, who currently sits at a career-high No. 3 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, fired seven aces and did not face a break point against the Italian. Wawrinka broke serve on five occasions to clinch his 95th win at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level.
When asked if he could have played any better in the first set, the Swiss smiled, exclaiming, "maybe, maybe not."
"Today was an amazing match," the Australian Open champion said. "Can't complain. Playing that great, it's good. That level, it depends a little bit who you play, but I'm really, really happy with my match today. I'm moving really well, and every time I can play aggressive it makes a difference."
Wawrinka will face another red-hot player in Kevin Anderson next. Anderson, who was a finalist in Delray Beach (l. to Cilic) and Acapulco (l. to Dimitrov) last month, improved to 13-4 in 2014 with a 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 victory over lucky loser Evgeny Donskoy. The World No. 18 will vie for career victory No. 150 when he battles Wawrinka for the fourth time in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series.
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