Federer, Clijsters advance at Indian Wells
Indian Wells: Roger Federer and
Kim Clijsters both faced tough challenges at Indian Wells but
not enough to prevent the world`s second-ranked players from
Federer beat Igor Andreev of Russia 7-5, 7-6 (7/4) in a
second-round match yesterday, while Clijsters defeated Italy`s
Sara Errani 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 in their third round match in the
USD 9 million dollar WTA and ATP Masters 1000 tournament.
"At the moment I feel good. I have had a good last six
months, and I guess it`s given me a lot of confidence," said
Federer, a three-time champion at Indian Wells, said he
felt confident in the golf cart heading to the main stadium
for his afternoon match.
"When I was on the cart driving to the tennis I felt
really good," Federer said. "At the end of the day it is how
you start the match and how you finish the match and all the
feelings I get before don`t matter too much.”
"But I prefer to be relaxed and then play a good match
than being all nervous."
That certainly was the case yesterday as Federer fired
four aces and won 92 percent of this first service points.
Federer has won all four career matches against Andreev,
dating back to 2004 when they met in the final of a clay court
tournament in Switzerland.
In the tiebreaker yesterday, Federer set up match point
by forcing Andreev hit a backhand long then clinched the win
when Andreev pounded a forehand into the net.
Federer advances to the third round where he will play
Argentina`s Juan Ignacio Chela.
Clijsters has won Indian Wells twice in 2005 and 2003.
Against Errani she had six aces but also committed 13 double
faults in the one hour, 52 minute match.
"It was not my best," Clijsters said. "You have to be on
your tippy toes. She moved me around. Today my tippy toes felt
Clijsters next faces French 15th seed Marion Bartoli, who
beat Andrea Petkovic 6-4, 6-2.
"She (Bartoli) is a tricky player," Clijsters said. "She
is a girl who hits the ball on the rise and steps into the
"I have had some tough battles with her in the past."
Clijsters has reached the final in each of her last five
She previously spent 20 weeks as the No. 1 player in the
world and has a chance to regain the top spot if she makes it
deep into the Indian Wells tournament.
Former world number one Andy Roddick got his tournament
off on a successful note by beating fellow American James
Blake 6-3, 7-5.
"It was tough, but the numbers looked good afterwards,"
Roddick said. "I felt like I was hitting the ball OK, so it
Roddick and Federer were among three top 10 men competing
on centre court yesterday. World number three Novak Djokovic
overpowered Andrey Golubev 6-0, 6-4 in the night match.
Djokovic, who has appeared unstoppable this season, has
won a career-best 15 matches in a row.
In other men`s second round matches, Czech seventh seed
Tomas Berdych eased past Lukasz Kubot 6-4, 6-1, Austria`s
Jurgen Melzer rallied to beat Julien Benneteau, of France,
1-6, 6-1, 6-4 and Canada`s Milos Raonic defeated American
Mardy Fish 7-5, 6-4.
On the women`s side, fifth seed Francesca Schiavone
reached the fourth round by beating Alize Cornet of France
6-2, 6-3 and sixth seeded Jelena Jankovic cruised past Julia
Georges of Germany 6-2, 6-4.
Former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic breezed past Barbora Zahlavova
Strycova 6-2, 6-2.