Federer cruised into Indian Wells quarter-finals

Roger Federer reached the quarter-finals for the ninth time at the BNP Paribas Open, capitalising on three of his 11 break points to record his 45th match win at the season's first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament. He improved to a 13-3 Head 2 Head record against the 35-year-old Haas, the oldest player in the Top 100 of the ATP Rankings who played an impressive and solid match.

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and Australian Open winner Stanislas Wawrinka both fell in the fourth round.

In a tournament full of surprises, Federer struck a blow for the old world order with a 6-4, 6-4 win over German Tommy Haas.

"I've always really enjoyed playing Tommy over the years, it's been 13, 14 years. I hope this isn't his last time at Indian Wells."

Federer next faces Kevin Anderson who defeated Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6(1), 4-6, 6-1 on Wednesday afternoon.

Federer, who lifted the trophy at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships ahead of Indian Wells, said he would not be taking Thursday night's quarter-final against Anderson lightly as he looked to extend his recent winning streak to 10 matches.

"I know how tough he is," Federer said of Anderson. "He's the best here usually in the States, outdoors on the hard courts. That's when he's had his biggest success. I'm aware that this is not going to be an easy match just because he's not ranked in the Top 10."

Federer and Wawrinka returned to action later Wednesday, and teamed up to defeat reigning US Open champions and No. 4 seeds Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-7(6), 10-4 in the doubles quarter-finals on Stadium 2.

Date: 13th March 2014, Source: ATP


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