Past champions Nadal, Federer advance at Indian Wells

Past champions Nadal, Federer advance at Indian Wells

Past champions Nadal, Federer advance at Indian Wells

After a good performance resulting in a first round loss in Dubai to Roger Federer, the German will be pleased with his first round performance here against Mexican Open champion Nick Kyrgios.

For the second straight day, a Williams sister stole the show at Indian Wells.

World number one Osaka started her title defence well, cruising past Kristina Mladenovic 6-3 6-4.

"It was a tough battle, fighting, staying there physically, tennis-wise, mentally also", said Wawrinka, a three-time Grand Slam champion and former world number three who said it's the kind of match that will take his comeback to the next level.

The American dug in during the second set, fighting back from 3-0 down to force the decider, and again came from behind in the third set to clinch victory after almost two-and-a-half hours on court.

Action opened on stadium court with 18-year-old Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime powering past Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas, 6-4, 6-2, for his first win over a top-10 player.

"The crowd was behind me to get to match point", Williams said.

The three-time victor of the tournament in the Californian desert was under the impression that the match started at 8.00pm and not at 6.00pm. which was the official time when it was supposed to get underway.

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Now a champion of 32 Masters 1000 titles, the Serb will be looking to win a sixth crown at Indian Wells - and provide a stark constrast in fortunes from his frustration this time a year ago. I think she had a few tight points, and here we are. "But she's a really great player and I knew it wouldn't be easy so I just came up here and tried to pump myself up and I did that well". "I thought [the match] was at 8, not 6".

"But then I kept winning, I was like, 'Whoa, maybe I can actually win this tournament, and I did".

Osaka, the defending champion, will next take on Danielle Collins in the third-round match of the Paribas Open.

Recalling how her 65th-ranked opponent had beaten her in Dubai last month in her first match since lifting the Australian Open in January, she said: "The last time I played her, I lost, so anything's a bonus".

Madison Keys continued her struggles in the desert losing in three to Mona Barthel. And I think I created some opportunities.

On Sunday, Serena Williams returns to take on Garbine Muguruza in the headline match as the third round gets underway. I'm very excited to be back. I was pleasantly surprised to see him watching my match.

The last time they met was also at Indian Wells in 2016 with a straight set win for the Serb.

Simona Halep meets qualifier Kateryna Kozlova and Elina Svitolina faces Daria Gavrilova.

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