Roger Federer overcame a scare as he beat the Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci in three sets 3-6 6-3 6-4 and moved into the quarterfinals of the Indian Wells Tennis Masters.
The first set went surprisingly to the Brazilian. Federer struggled with his groundstrokes, making too many unforced errors (13). In the round before against Raonic, he hasn’t dropped his serve in the whole match, but Bellucci broke him twice to take a 1-0 set lead.
Federer regained focus at the beginning of the second set as he broke his opponent in the very first game. Both players held their service games until the 9th game, when the Swiss maestro struck again and with a spectacular point on Bellucci’s serve he wrapped up the set.
The third set went with serve all the way to the 10th game. Perhaps the biggest opportunity to break came in the 9th game, when Bellucci had 30-0 on Federer’s serve. But the former world no.1 produced four big first serves in a row that got him out of the trouble and he threw everything into the next game to take Bellucci’s serve once again and seal the match.
Federer will now face the winner of the match between Argentine Del Potro and Uzbekh Istomin.