Defending champion Roger Federer in a nerve jangling match defeated fellow Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3, 6-7(4), 7-5 in the 4th Round to reach the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday, where he will will next face twice champion Rafa Nadal who defeated Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis (4-6, 6-4, 7-5).
Federer, a four-times champion at Indian Wells, started a bit slowly & lost his service in the very first game. But, Federer broke Wawrinka the very next game. Federer then again broke Wawrinka in the fourth game to get to a 3-1 lead. The next 5 games went on serve as Federer served out the set 6-3.
Federer then broke Wawrinka in the 3rd game to get to a 2-1 lead & at that time, it looked as if Federer will win the match in straight sets.
Federer appeared to be in cruise control when serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set but was broken to love before Stan went on to clinch the tiebreak 7-4.
Wawrinka broke Federer in the 3rd game of the 3rd set as Federer wanted to challenge his own service that he thought was long but the chair umpire said he won't allow the challenge as he thought Federer had hit a volley and then challenged. Here is the video of that point & Federer then asked the Chair umpire to call the ATP Supervisor who also didn't overturn the decision of the chair umpire ----
That incident really motivated Federer to concentrate even hard as he broke Wawrinka's serve in the very next game to make it 2-all. Federer sealed the win by again breaking Wawrinka in the 12th game when his Davis Cup partner netted a forehand.
Wawrinka's consecutive forehand errors in the gathering dusk of an unusually hot day in the California desert closed out his 10th consecutive loss to Federer on hard courts. The temperature reached 96 degrees - nearly 20 degrees above normal - during the day.
Here are the overall match statistics from Federer vs Wawrinka 4th Round match
As you can clearly see, Federer clearly was the better player inspite of his back troubling him a wee bit.
"I definitely got a bit lucky here tonight," Federer said courtside after coming out on top of a fluctuating contest lasting two hours 20 minutes.
"But I'm very happy to come through against Stan, who is a very good friend of mine."
Pic of Roger Federer & Wawrinka's half hug after Federer defeated Wawrinka at Indian Wells
Federer, a four-time champion at Indian Wells, is going for his first ATP Tour title since last August. The world's second-ranked player improved to 13-1 against the 18th-seeded Wawrinka, who was broken twice in the final set played in front of tennis great Rod Laver.
More pics, video highlights to follow in the following posts.
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