ATP Indian Wells: Roger Federer eases past Krajinovic to reach the last 16


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ATP Indian Wells: Roger Federer eases past Krajinovic to reach the last 16

World number 1 and defending Indian Wells champion stayed on the course for the sixth title in the desert after a solid 6-2 6-1 win over the 25th seed Filip Krajinovic in just 58 minutes. Roger played much better than in the second round against Delbonis, losing serve once at the start of the match and breaking Filip five times from eight opportunities he created.

Roger was especially good in the second set and he will try to carry this form into the next matches as well, looking to reach the semi-final in order to remain world number 1 in front of Nadal. He had 24 winners and 10 errors and Krajinovic couldn't follow that pace, struggling in his service games and from his backhand, unable to drive Roger away from the comfort zone and impose his shots.

Federer won almost 60% of the points on the return and there was nothing Filip could do to prolong the match and be more competitive. The Swiss star improved his score in 2018 to 14-0 and this was his 59th win at Indian Wells, advancing into the last 16 for the 12th time.

Roger broke at 15 in game two when Filip netted a backhand but the Serb pulled it back in the very next game after a poor forehand from Federer. Krajinovic couldn't find the range on his serve and he had to save another pair of break points in game four to remain on the positive side of the scoreboard but it was all about Federer in the rest of the set.

Roger held at love in games five and seven to keep the pressure on Filip and the Serb failed to deal with it, losing serve for the second time in game six to fall 4-2 behind. The set was over in game eight after a forehand winner from Federer who grabbed the last 11 points to clinch the set in style after 31 minutes.

Roger never looked back and he broke in the second game of the set number two and he was also untouchable on serve, with four consecutive holds at love for a 6-2 3-0 advantage. Krajinovic had nothing more left in the tank and he got broken in game six after a forehand error that allowed Roger to serve for the triumph in the following game.

Four service winners sent Roger over the top and he played a very solid match that keeps him on the title defense course. Third round result:

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