Federer beats Dodig to reach last 16 in Indian Wells, Nadal given a walkover

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Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych reach the fourth round of Indian Wells ATP tournament in straight sets, Rafael Nadal given a walkover.

Defending champion Federer was hardly tested in his first encounter with unseeded Croat Ivan Dodig. The third seed Swiss got in trouble in his first service game when he needed to get out of 0-40, but was growing in confidence as the third round match progressed. Dodig lost track of his rival by dropping a serve at 3-4 – FedEx now served for the opener and clinched it with the fourth set ball. The second set was a one-way traffic with Federer stretching his run to seven straight games before letting the Croat get on board to make it 4-1. That did not disturb Federer’s rhythm as he held another service game and secured his spot in the last 16 after the third break of the set – He progressed with a 6-3, 6-1 routine victory. The Swiss Maestro efficiently converted all four of his break point opportunities. He will meet the better of Wawrinka-Hewitt pair in fourth round.

Fifth seed Rafael Nadal skipped his third round match – he was scheduled to play Leonardo Mayer of Argentine, yet he was given a walkover. His fourth-round challenger will be unseeded Latvian Ernests Gulbis who is playing great at the time, which he confirmed by eliminating 20th-seed Andreas Seppi in third round and sending home Janko Tipsarevic before that.

 Sixth-seeded Czech Berdych was broken at 2-2 in the first set of his match against 27th-seeded German Florian Mayer, but he lost only two games after that, taking his opponent’s serve four times. He reached fourth round with a 6-4, 6-1 end score and will confront Richard Gasquet next.

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