17-Time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer is through to the third round of the BNP Paribas Open, where he will now face Dmitry Tursunov for a fourth time on the professional tour. The Swiss No. 2 leads the head-to-head series 3-0 and will be looking to remain undefeated against the Russian.
Federer defeated Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-2, 7-6(5) in his opening match at Indian Wells to reach the third round and further his campaign for a fifth title at this event. The victory extended his ATP record this year to 15-2, including a finals appearance in Brisbane and a title victory in Dubai. It was also his 43rd match win in Indian Wells and 284th at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level. Next for the Swiss No. 2 is a meeting with Dimitry Tursenov.
Tursenov toppled Juan Monaco 7-6(4), 6-4 to reach the third round of the BNP Paribas Open. The Russian managed to save 10 of 12 break points against him and hit three aces to earn the victory and a third round match-up with the former world No. 1.
This marks the fourth time these two competitors will meet on the professional circuit, with Federer leading the head-to-head series 3-0. The Swiss star is in top form this season and appears confident with his recent racquet change as well as his winning streak. That boost in confidence will do Tursenov no favors tomorrow afternoon, as Federer will likely snatch a straight sets victory in under 90 minutes.
Prediction: Roger Federer in Straight Sets