Federer eases into 4th round

Roger Federer during his third-round match against Filip Krajinovic at Indian Wells on Monday. (AFP)

Indian Wells: World No.1 Roger Federer stepped up his bid for a sixth Indian Wells Masters title with a 6-2, 6-1 demolition of Filip Krajinovic on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old continues to defy the ageing process as he needed just 58 minutes to overpower the Serb with a brilliant display of Swiss timing.

"I was feeling like he was not loving my slice and I was also mixing in drop shots," said Federer who extended his perfect record this season to 14-0.

"I was able to mix up my game nicely, make it difficult for him. At the same time, have fun with my game, play a variation, but for the most part try to stay on the offensive."

Federer blasted six aces, had one double fault and won 89 per cent of his first serve points, losing just three points on his serve in the entire match.

"I actually was explosive out there today and I felt good," he said. "So I'm very happy how things are turning out to be."

After handing back an early break to allow Krajinovic to draw level at two-all, Federer moved into cruise control.

At one point he won 17 straight points en route to taking a 6-2, 3-0 lead, winning 10 of the final 11 games in the match.

Federer, who is the defending champion and trying to win a record sixth title, was on the centre stadium for the third day in a row. AFP


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