Federer cruises past Krajinovic into fourth round at Indian Wells
3/13/2018 9:49:34 AM EST
World No. 1 Roger Federer barely broke a sweat as he advanced to the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday.
Federer defeated No. 28 Filip Krajinovic of Serbia 6-2, 6-1 in just 57 minutes, after winning 17 consecutive points in one stretch and taking 10 of the final 11 games of the match.
"I was playing aggressive and feeling like he was not loving my slice, and then also mixing in with drop shots eventually," Federer said afterwards. " I think really I was able to mix up my game nicely, make it difficult for him there. At the same time, have fun with my game, play variation, but for the most part try to stay on the offensive, as well. I think it was a good match."
The Swiss 36-year-old has now won two titles and 14 consecutive matches in 2018. He is looking to win at Indian Wells for a record sixth time, after setting a record last year as the oldest player ever to win the event.
Federer must advance at least as far as the semifinals of the tournament in order to maintain his grip on the world's top ranking. Anything less and Spaniard Rafael Nadal -- who is not playing this week due to a right hip injury -- would reclaim that title.
Federer will face Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in the Round of 16. The world's 100th ranked player, Chardy dispatched 20th-seeded Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 in just under two hours on Monday.
There were a few other upsets in Monday's action, including unseeded Croatian Borna Coric taking down the 13th seed, Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut, 6-1, 6-3 in 81 minutes. Likewise, 23rd-seeded Hyeon Chung of South Korea dispatched 12th-seeded Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic 6-4, 6-4, despite 12 aces against just one double fault from Berdych.
American Taylor Fritz, the world's 74th-ranked player, bounced back from losing the opening set to beat Spain's Fernando Verdasco 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (1) in a little over two hours. Fritz will meet Coric in the Round of 16.
--Field Level Media