Roger Federer rolls into Indian Wells fourth round

  • Roger Federer rolls into Indian Wells fourth round

Roger Federer rolls into Indian Wells fourth round

Roger Federer during his third round match against Filip Krajinovic (not pictured) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

There are few players who could have dealt with Federer in the kind of form he showed Monday.

Elsewhere, US Open victor Sloane Stephens cruised past wild card Victoria Azarenka in straight sets 6-1, 7-5 in a second-round match that was postponed from Saturday night because of rain.

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.

In men's play earlier, world number four Grigor Dimitrov slumped to a shock 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 6-3 defeat to Spain's Fernando Verdasco.

If Wozniacki wins in Indian Wells she will reclaim it. The 26-year-old Bulgarian No. 1 has never made it past the third round in seven appearances. That came after a breakthrough 2017 which saw him win four titles, including Sofia, Cincinnati, Brisbane and the ATP Finals.

Federer is making his 17th appearance in the California desert and is assured of remaining world number one if he makes it to the semi-finals in Indian Wells.

"It is an incredible feeling when you come to a tournament like this and in a stadium with a good atmosphere against one of the top players in the world". I am on a good run right now and I want to maintain that. "So I'm very happy how things are turning out to be".

"I am just going to enjoy the victory and try to keep it going in the next round and make it as far as possible".

Halep booked a round-of 16 clash with China's Wang Qiang, who defeated 14th seed Kristina Mladenovic, of France, 6-1, 6-2.In the fourth round, Anisimova will face fifth seed Karolina Pliskova, who beat China's Zhang Shuai 7-5, 5-7, 6-3.

Garcia is trying to improve on her best result here which is reaching the round of 16 in 2015 and previous year.