Roger Federer routs Krajinovic at Indian Wells

Published by Matt Trollope

Roger Federer needed just 58 minutes to brush aside Filip Krajinovic in the third round at Indian Wells; Getty Images
Roger Federer dismisses Filip Krajinovic in less than an hour to move into the last 16 at Indian Wells.

Roger Federer remains unbeaten in 2018 following a straight-sets demolition of Filip Krajinovic at Indian Wells on Monday.

The top seed and defending champion required just 58 minutes to cruise to a 6-2 6-1 victory over the 25th seed.

Looking far sharper than he did in a scratchy opening-round win over Federico Delbonis, Federer produced a run of 17 straight points to establish a dominant 6-2 3-0 margin.

He won 10 of the final 11 games of the match to set up a fourth-round meeting with unseeded Frenchman Jeremy Chardy.

The world No.1 improved his win-loss record this season to a perfect 14-0; he has dropped just three sets all year. He’s also on a seven-match unbeaten streak at Indian Wells.

Earlier, Chardy defeated compatriot Adrian Mannarino 7-5 4-6 6-1.

“I was playing aggressive and feeling like he was not loving my slice. I was able to mix up my game nicely, make it difficult for him there,” Federer said.

“At the same time, I was having fun with my game, play variation, but for the most part I tried to go on the offensive.

“I’m happy that I actually was explosive out there today and I felt good.”

Young guns advance

Also moving through to the last 16 were 21-year-old Borna Coric – a 6-1 6-3 winner over Roberto Bautista Agut – and last year’s semifinalist Pablo Carreno Busta, who beat Daniil Medvedev 6-1 7-5.

In the last match of the day session at Stadium 1, American 20-year-old Taylor Fritz upstaged Spanish veteran and former world No.7 Fernando Verdasco in a third-set tiebreak.

Fritz will play Coric next.

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In a later match, Korean rising star Hyeon Chung, 21, ousted Tomas Berdych 6-4 6-4 to take his place in the fourth round.

A semifinalist at the Australian Open in January, Chung will now tackle Pablo Cuevas, who advanced past an injured Dominic Thiem.

Thiem, the No.5 seed, rolled his ankle during the second set and eventually retired when trailing 3-6 6-4 4-2.

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