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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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