Federer, Djokovic through to quarters

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic advance at Indian Wells but Andy Murray and Stanislas Wawrinka fall in the fourth round

    Roger Federer eased through to the quarters with a straight-sets win [Getty Images]
    Roger Federer eased through to the quarters with a straight-sets win [Getty Images]

    Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic cruised into the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells after Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and Australian Open winner Stanislas Wawrinka both fell in the fourth round.

    In a tournament full of surprises, Federer and Djokovic struck a blow for the old world order with Federer beating Germany's Tommy Haas 6-4, 6-4 and Djokovic coming back to down Croatia's Marin Cilic 1-6, 6-2, 6-3.

    Federer and Djokivic are the only players ranked in the world's top 10 to reach the quarter-finals after Wawrinka and Murray joined the big-name casualties when they both crashed to lower-ranked opponents on another day of upsets in the Californian desert.

    Wawrinka suffered his first loss this year when his 13-match winning streak came to a shuddering halt as he was beaten 7-6, 4-6, 6-1 by South African Kevin Anderson.

    Murray was blown away by Canada's Milos Raonic 4-6 7-5 6-3.

    Isner flies the flag

    Elsewhere, John Isner kept American hopes alive with a 7-6, 3-6, 6-3 win over Spain's Fernando Verdasco, while Latvia's Ernests Gulbis defeated Roberto Bautista of Spain 7-6, 4-6, 6-2.

    A third Spaniard, Feliciano Lopez, was sent packing by unseeded Frenchman Julien Benneteau, losing 6-3, 7-6.

    In the women's draw, second seed Agnieszka Radwanska booked her spot in the semi-finals after a two-and-a-half hour slugfest with Serbia's Jelena Jankovic.

    Radwanska's semi-final opponent on Friday is Romania's Simona Halep after she cruised into the next round with a 6-2, 6 2 victory over Australian qualifier Casey Dellacqua.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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