Federer advances at Indian Wells tourney

Associated Press


Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic rolled on at the BNP Paribas Open, easily winning third-round matches Tuesday while Kim Clijsters retired with a painful shoulder.

Women’s top seed Caroline Wozniacki beat Alisa Kleybanova 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 — a victory, along with Clijsters’ departure, that ensured the Dane will retain her No. 1 world ranking.

Federer defeated 29th-seeded Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina 6-0, 6-2, and Djokovic routed Ernests Gulbis 6-0, 6-1 with temperatures reaching 90 degrees in the desert.

“Especially on a hot day like that, you pick the right days to play well and win quickly, so I’m happy it went so well,” he said. “I was able to move him around. Then I was able to mix it up, and I took his options away a bit.”

Federer is 16-2 this year, while Djokovic has dropped just three sets during his 14-0 start, including his run to the titles at the Australian Open and Dubai.

“I’m very, very focused. Nowadays, I’m feeling great on the court, and I’m motivated to have more success,” Djokovic said. “So I just need to keep up, and that’s what I’m trying to do.”

Djokovic could knock Federer from the No. 2 ranking this week if he reaches the final or he reaches the semifinals and Federer loses before the quarterfinals.

Americans Andy Roddick and John Isner played each other in a night match, followed by Maria Sharapova against fellow Russian Dinara Safina.

Ryan Harrison defeated Canadian Milos Raonic 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-4 in a pairing of wild cards. For winning his first ATP Tour match this year, the 18-year-old American earned a matchup with Federer in the fourth round.

Clijsters, a two-time champion, retired from her fourth-round match against 15th-seeded Marion Bartoli because of a right shoulder injury. She won the first set 6-3 and trailed 3-1 in the second when she left the court.

Clijsters’ shoulder has bothered her since she won the Australian Open. She feels pain during her service motion and when she hits high forehands.

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