Roger Federer extended his dominance of Stan Wawrinka on Wednesday (AEDT), beating his friend and fellow Swiss 6-3, 6-4 to reach the fourth round of the ATP Indian Wells Masters.
Federer needed just under an hour to take his record to 22-3 over Wawrinka, a former world number three who is currently ranked 40th in the world and working his way back in the wake of double knee surgery.
Fourth-seeded Federer, seeking a record sixth Indian Wells title, next faces Britain’s Kyle Edmund, a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Macedonian qualifier Radu Albot.
The 37-year-old went to ‘god-mode’ as he improved his hard court record against Wawrinka to an incredible 17-0.
It was a tough day for seeded players, though.
Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka, the world’s top-ranked players, were both ushered out in the desert.
Djokovic and Philipp Kohlschreiber resumed their third-round match that was suspended because of rain a night earlier. The unseeded German knocked off the five-time tournament champion 6-4, 6-4.
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Osaka lost to Belinda Bencic 6-3, 6-1 in just over an hour in the fourth round. Since Osaka won the title at Indian Wells a year ago, she earned titles at the U.S and Australian opens.
Her triumph in Australia made her No. 1 for the first time, but her time at the top has been rocky. Osaka fired her coach and lost in the first round in Dubai before taking on a new coach, Jermaine Jenkins.
On Wednesday, the 23rd-ranked Bencic served and returned better.
The bottom half of the men’s draw still includes No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal and fourth-seeded Federer, both of whom breezed to victory. Djokovic owned an 8-1 record against Kohlschreiber, who beat a No. 1 player for the first time.
Djokovic remains alive in doubles with partner Fabio Fognini. Also ousted were No. 6 Kei Nishikori, No. 10 Marin Cilic and No. 14 Daniil Medvedev.
Nadal eased by 25th-seeded Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-1.
In women’s fourth-round matches, No. 2 Simona Halep lost to Marketa Vondrousova 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 and No. 7 Kiki Bertens was beaten by 20th-seeded Garbine Muguruza 5-7, 6-1, 6-4.
Venus Williams reached the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Mona Barthel. “I haven’t played that much, so I wanted to make it count,” said Williams, who expects to play about 12 tournaments this year.
“I need to do what I want, and what I want is to play the tournaments I want to play.”
Bianca Andreescu, an 18-year-old Canadian, beat 18th-seeded Wang Qiang 7-5, 6-2.