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Tennis: Federer, Djokovic open with triumphs at Miami

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic began their campaigns at the WTA and ATP Miami Masters on Friday with straight-set wins, five days after facing off in the Indian Wells final. Two-time Miami champion Federer played steady, controlled tennis for a 6-4 7-6 (7/4) defeat of Ivo Karlovic for a third-round spot. Second seed Djokovic, winner of the Indian Wells trophy over his Swiss rival last weekend in California, eased past Jeremy Chardy, 6-4, 6-3.

Tennis: Federer, Djokovic open with triumphs at Miami

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic began their campaigns at the WTA and ATP Miami Masters on Friday with straight-set wins, five days after facing off in the Indian Wells final. Two-time Miami champion Federer played steady, controlled tennis for a 6-4 7-6 (7/4) defeat of Ivo Karlovic for a third-round spot. Second seed Djokovic, winner of the Indian Wells trophy over his Swiss rival last weekend in California, eased past Jeremy Chardy, 6-4, 6-3.

Tennis: Federer, Djokovic open with triumphs at Miami

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic began their campaigns at the WTA and ATP Miami Masters on Friday with straight-set wins, five days after facing off in the Indian Wells final. Two-time Miami champion Federer played steady, controlled tennis for a 6-4 7-6 (7/4) defeat of Ivo Karlovic for a third-round spot. Second seed Djokovic, winner of the Indian Wells trophy over his Swiss rival last weekend in California, eased past Jeremy Chardy, 6-4, 6-3.

Tennis: Fit Federer finds the fire

Roger Federer will fight for a fifth Indian Wells title on Sunday, a year after his 2013 season started going south in the California desert. And the Swiss great, winner of a record 17 Grand Slam titles, is headed back to the top five in the world rankings and pleased to be ahead of where he expected to be in terms of results this year.

Federer advances to Indian Wells semis

Los Angeles, Mar 14 (EFE).- Switzerland's Roger Federer continued his strong run of form at the start of the 2014 season, cruising to a 7-5, 6-1 victory over South Africa's Kevin Anderson at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. Federer, who struggled with injuries last season and fell out of the top five of the world rankings for the first time since 2003, has rebounded strongly thanks in part to a switch to a bigger racquet and simply outclassed his opponent on Thursday night.

Federer advances to Indian Wells semis

Los Angeles, Mar 14 (EFE).- Switzerland's Roger Federer continued his strong run of form at the start of the 2014 season, cruising to a 7-5, 6-1 victory over South Africa's Kevin Anderson at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. Federer, who struggled with injuries last season and fell out of the top five of the world rankings for the first time since 2003, has rebounded strongly thanks in part to a switch to a bigger racquet and simply outclassed his opponent on Thursday night.

Tennis: Federer no fan of on-court coaching

Roger Federer, something of a tennis purist, hopes the innovation of on-court coaching adopted on the WTA Tour doesn't come to men's tennis. "If it does happen, it's hopefully after I'm done playing," the 17-time Grand Slam champion said Thursday after booking his semi-final berth at Indian Wells, where the ATP Masters tournament is combined with a WTA event. "I really don't think it's necessary. I don't think it's fair maybe, because not everybody can afford a coach ....it's just not right."

Tennis: Federer eases into Indian Wells quarter-finals

Four-time champion Roger Federer eased into the quarter-finals of the Indian Wells ATP Masters on Wednesday with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Germany's Tommy Haas. Federer, the former world number one who won titles here in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2012, posted his third successive straight-sets victory to set up a meeting with South African Kevin Anderson. Anderson defeated Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6 (7/1), 4-6, 6-1 to scupper an all-Swiss quarter-final. bb/gph

Tennis: Federer feeling Zen again

Four-time Indian Wells champion Roger Federer held on through two tiebreakers on Monday to beat Dmitry Tursunov in straight sets at the first ATP Masters of the year. It wasn't a dominant performance from the former world number one and 17-time Grand Slam champion, but it showcased the confidence he has regained with a strong start to 2014 after a disappointing -- by his standards -- 2013 campaign. "Now I feel like I'm in a good place. Zen on the court," Federer said after his 7-6 (9/7), 7-6 (7/2) victory.

Tennis: Federer eases into Indian Wells third round

Four-time Indian Wells champion Roger Federer moved into the third rund of the hardcourt ATP Masters tournament on Saturday with a 6-2, 7-6 (7/5) victory over Paul-Henri Mathieu. Federer, the former world number one who has fallen to eighth in the world and is seeded seventh this year, extended his dominance over Mathieu with his seventh win in as many career meetings between the two.
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