Indian Wells: Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic cruised into the quarter finals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Wednesday after Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and Australian Open winner Stanislas Wawrinka both fell in the fourth round.
In a tournament full of surprises, Federer and Djokovic struck a blow for the old world order with Federer beating Germany’s Tommy Haas 6-4, 6-4 and Djokovic coming back to down Croatia’s Marin Cilic 1-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Wawrinka suffered his first loss this year when his 13-match winning streak came to a shuddering halt as he was beaten 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-1 by South African Kevin Anderson.
Murray was blown away by Canada’s Milos Raonic, one of the biggest servers in men’s tennis.
Despite winning the first set, the Scotsman was unable to contain the raw power of Raonic, who triumphed 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in a little over two hours.
Raonic’s next opponent in the quarter finals will be Ukrainian giant killer Alexandr Dolgopolov, who followed up his upset victory over Rafael Nadal on Monday with a comprehensive 6-2, 6-4 drubbing of Italy’s Fabio Fognini.
In the women’s draw, second seed Agnieszka Radwanska booked her spot in the semi-finals after a two-and-a-half hour slugfest with Serbia's Jelena Jankovic. Radwanska, won 7-5, 2-6, 6-4.
On a mixed day for India, Sania Mirza and Cara Black toppled second seeds to reach the women’s doubles semi-finals even as Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek crashed out of the men’s event.
Fifth seeds Sania and Cara shocked second seeded Russian pair of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 6-4, 6-1 in one hour and 11 minutes in the quarter-final contest.
They face eighth seeded combination of Lucie Hradecka from Czech Republic and Jie Zheng from China in their first semi-final of the season.
In the men’s doubles quarters, Paes and his Czech partner Stepanek, seeded fourth, went down fighting to Federer and Wawrinka.
The unseeded Swiss team beat the Indo-Czech pair 3-6 7-6 (6) 4-10 in an hour and 19 minutes.