Federer demolishes Krajinovic


Indian Wells: World No.1 Roger Federer needed less than an hour to dispatch Filip Krajinovic at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament here Monday, mixing overpowering serves and pinpoint groundstrokes to advance to the fourth round of the tournament.

Playing for a third consecutive day due to weather delays, the 36-year-old Swiss showed no sign of wear en route to a 6-2, 6-1 thrashing of the Serbian in the pair’s first ever meeting.

Federer, who had looked slightly off his game in his rain-disrupted third round match against Federico Delbonis, was his dominant self Monday, winning 89 per cent of his first service points while cracking six aces to just one double fault.

Despite the promising form, Federer insisted he was taking it one match at a time. “You can’t really look ahead to semifinals, finals and speculate about who you could play,” he told reporters. “I think that would be a mistake. I am on a good run right now and I want to maintain that. I have to stay sharp.”

In other matches, fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem had to retire with an ankle injury while trailing Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 4-6, 2-4. Seventh seed Kevin Anderson took down Nicolas Kicker 7-6(1-7), 7-6(7-3) and South Korea’s Chung Hyeon beat Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-4.


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