Federer eases into third round of Indian Wells, Gasquet beats Tomic

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Roger Federer and Richard Gasquet entered round of 32 at BNP Paribas Open without losing a set.

Reigning champion Federer put in a powerful performance to begin his Indian Wells 2013 campaign with a classy triumph against 43rd-ranked Uzbek Denis Istomin. The Swiss Maestro did not face a single break ball and has dropped only one point on his first serve. He was in possession of a double break cushion by 5-1 in the opener and served it out a couple of games later. Seed number two Federer rolled on in the second set, winning all of his service games to love and breaking Istomin twice before closing out a one-hour long second round clash with the match ball number two. FedEx advanced with a 6-2, 6-3 final score and will confront Ivan Dodig in third round.

Tenth-seed Frenchman Gasquet overcame 20-year-old Australian Bernard Tomic in straight sets as well. There was a little difference between the players in the opening one as they shared two breaks between them before the set going to a tie-break. Gasquet raced through the thirteenth game though and acquired a one set lead rather easily in the end. He came into the second set confidently and left the Australian very little breathing space, breaking him twice by 5-1. Tomic could not get out of his rival’s grip – Gasquet was producing one match ball after another in the last two games and he finally booked his third round ticket after converting the sixth one. End result: 7-6 (1), 6-2. Gasquet is playing Jerzy Janowicz next.

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