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Federer reaches fourth round, Nadal advances

Federer reaches fourth round, Nadal advances
Roger Federer made quick work of Ivan Dodig on Monday, keeping his Indian Wells title defence on track with a 6-3, 6-1 third-round victory over the 60th-ranked Croatian.

Federer needed just 61 minutes to seal the victory  abetted somewhat by Dodig’s six double-faults, the last of which came on match point.

Rafael Nadal’s progress into the round of 16 was even swifter. Spain’s 11-time Grand Slam champion advanced without raising his racquet when scheduled third-round opponent Leonardo Mayer of Argentina withdrew with a back injury. The walkover allowed fifth-seeded Nadal to rest his troublesome left knee, but cost him more of the match experience he says he needs as he continues his comeback from a seven-month injury layoff. Sixth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych also advanced with ease, beating Germany’s Florian Mayer 6-4, 6-1.

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