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Federer breezes into round of 16

Federer breezes into round of 16
Four-time champion Roger Federer avenged his only loss of the season on Tuesday at the WTA and ATP Indian Wells. It was in January that Andreas Seppi shocked Federer in the third round of the Australian Open but the Swiss star got his payback Tuesday winning 6-3, 6-4 in 82 minutes on centre court. It was Federer’s only loss and it snapped his streak of 11 straight semifinal appearances at the Aussie Open.

“It was good to play him right away again and erase it from the memory. This was one of those matches where I was happy to get through and happy it was over,” said Federer. The Swiss moves through to the round of 16 to play American Jack Sock, who beat Spain’s Roberto Bautista-Agut 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. Meanwhile, world number one Serena Williams woke up after a slow start to battle past American compatriot Sloane Stephens in three sets to reach the quarterfinal in women’s section. The 19-time Grand Slam winner defeated a dogged Stephens 6-7 (3/7), 6-2, 6-2 on center court as her emotional return from a 14-year Indian Wells boycott gathers pace. Williams, 33, said it was good to get the experience this week of playing a two-hour match.

“I still am trying to find my bearings. I have been off a little this week. I just had to stay focused and use the experience of a three-set match,” she said. Williams, who blasted 14 aces and broke Stephens six times in the two-hour, six-minute match, faces either Elina Svitolina of Ukraine or Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland next. The two former Fed Cup teammates have a colorful history after Stephens, 21, upset Williams in the quarter-finals of the 2013 Australian Open in three sets. 
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