Federer wins ‘Swiss battle’ to reach fourth round at Indian Wells

Federer wins 'Swiss battle' to reach fourth round at Indian Wells
Roger Federer now has a 22-3 record against compatriot Stan Wawrinka. Photo: Yong Teck Lim / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP
Roger Federer extended his dominance of Stan Wawrinka on Tuesday, beating his friend and fellow Swiss 6-3, 6-4 to reach the fourth round of the ATP Indian Wells Masters.

Federer needed barely an hour to take his record to 22-3 over Wawrinka, a former world number three who is currently ranked 40th in the world and working his way back in the wake of double knee surgery.

Fourth-seeded Federer, seeking a record sixth Indian Wells title, next faces Britain's Kyle Edmund, a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Macedonian qualifier Radu Albot.

Meanwhile, on the women's side of the draw, Switzerland's Belinda Bencic beat world number one Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-1 to move into the quarter finals.

She will now face fifth seed KarolínaPlíšková of the Czech Republic.

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