Federer and Bencic in Indian Wells action

Switzerland’s Hopman Cup-winning side is heating up the desert at the Indian Wells Masters, with Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic both advancing with ease.

The pair each blew away opponents on Tuesday: Federer hammered good friend and compatriot Stan Wawrinka 6-3, 6-4 in 59 minutes in the third round.
Dubai WTA champion Bencic won an 11th straight match as she shocked WTA No. 1 Noami Osaka 6-3, 6-1 in 66 minutes to earn a quarter-final spot.
Belinda Bencic. Photo: Anne Parker International Sports Fotos
Federer won his 64th match at the Tennis Garden and his fourth here against Wawrinka.
Federer lifted his impressive record in the series to 22-3, winning their last six against Wawrika while dropping only three sets.
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The Federer-Wawrinka match was watched by Pete Sampras, ex-ski racing ace Bode Miller as well as the player’s parents and family.
“It’s great fun right now, I’m injury-free with no pain,” Federer said. “It’s a thrill to play here.
“I felt good from the beginning. I was able to mix up my game, cover my serve, be dangerous on the return. Maybe take some rhythm away from Stan, like I always try to do, but you can’t always make it work.
 
“Tonight it worked well, so I think it was a good match for me.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion winner, on the hunt for a record sixth trophy here after winning the 100th of his career barely a week ago in Dubai, next takes on Briton Kyle Edmund, who beat Radu Albot 6-3, 6-3.
Bencic, who turned 22 this week, is riding the best streak of her young career after exiting from several seasons of injury.
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The Swiss was thrilled with her upset win over Osaka, champion at the last two Grand Slams.
“She’s the No. 1 player in the world. She won everything in the last couple of months,” the 23rd-ranked Bencic said.
 
“It’s a definite high. I played a great match. I’m really happy with myself.”
“I’m trying to take the ball early, trying to dictate the point myself.”
The winner said she had to decipher a dangerous opponent as she went along after last playing Osaka in January, 2018 at the Hopman Cup.
“I figured it out during the match.  But I really wasn’t focusing so much on her. I was focusing on my game.
“I’m very confident with my game right now. I’m hitting the ball well. Things worked out for me.”
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