Stanislas Wawrinka’s unbeaten run came to an end in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open 2014 after he stumbled against 17th-seeded Kevin Anderson. The Swiss has been in an excellent form this season and came to the Indian Wells Masters on the heels of the Chennai and Australian Open titles. The today’s opponents shared two breaks between them in the early stages of the opener which was ultimately decided in the tie-break. Stan’s serving let him down in the thirteenth game and enabled the South African to seal the vital first set. The Lausanne native was walking on thin ice in the following set where he nearly fell two breaks behind, but regrouped in time to turn the proceedings around and convert the set point number three. However, the momentum shift did not extend to the decider as Anderson steamrolled through the rest of the match to grab a quarter-final ticket with a valuable 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-1 victory. He is now facing an equally tough test as he will square off against seventh-seeded Roger Federer in the last eight.
“It wasn’t really on my mind that he had won Australia,” said Anderson. “Just focused on what I was doing… I knew it was a tough match today, and it feels great to beat somebody who obviously has just won a Grand Slam.”
The rejuvenated Swiss Maestro again put a smile on his fan’s faces by beating eleventh seed Tommy Haas and recording another straight sets triumph to reach the round of eight at the ATP World Tour 1000 tournament which he had already conquered on four occasions. After a calm introduction into the opener the battle heated up in the middle of the set when FedEx failed to consolidate the first break, yet he restored the lead and served out the set by holding to love some minutes later. The experienced rivals continued to fight closely in the second set with Roger converting one of the four break point chances in the fifth game and keeping the German at bay before turning in the match point number one to defeat him 6-4, 6-4. Federer, who lifted the Dubai trophy a couple of weeks ago, is yet to surrender a set in Indian Wells this year.