Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Federer rallies for 3-set win at Indian Wells

Defending champion Roger Federer has rallied for a 6-3, 6-7 (4), 7-5 victory over Swiss compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka to reach the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open.

Wawrinka's consecutive forehand errors in the gathering dusk of an unusually hot day in the California desert closed out his 10th consecutive loss to Federer on hard courts Wednesday.

Federer, a four-time champion at Indian Wells, is going for his first ATP Tour title since last August. The world's second-ranked player improved to 13-1 against the 18th-seeded Wawrinka, who was broken twice in the final set played in front of tennis great Rod Laver.

Federer next plays either No. 5 Rafael Nadal or Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis, who followed him under the lights on stadium court.

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Maria Sharapova are playing night matches.