Federer, Djokovic advance as Murray, Wawrinka fall

Thu Mar 13, 2014 4:43am EDT
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(Reuters) - Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic cruised into the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Wednesday after Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and Australian Open winner Stanislas Wawrinka both fell in the fourth round.

In a tournament full of surprises, Federer and Djokovic struck a blow for the old world order with Federer beating Germany's Tommy Haas 6-4 6-4 and Djokovic coming back to down Croatia's Marin Cilic 1-6 6-2 6-3.

Federer and Djokovic are the only players ranked in the world's top 10 to reach the quarter-finals after Wawrinka and Murray joined the big-name casualties when they both crashed to lower-ranked opponents on another day of upsets in the Californian desert.

Wawrinka suffered his first loss this year when his 13-match winning streak came to a shuddering halt as he was beaten 7-6(1) 4-6 6-1 by South African Kevin Anderson.

"It wasn't really on my mind that he had won Australia," said Anderson, whose next opponent is Federer.

"It feels great to beat somebody who obviously has just won a grand slam."

Murray was blown away by Canada's Milos Raonic, one of the biggest servers in men's tennis.

Despite winning the first set, the Scotsman was unable to contain the raw power of Raonic, who triumphed 4-6 7-5 6-3 in a little over two hours.

Raonic blasted 15 aces past his bewildered opponent, who is one of the best returners in the game, and won a staggering 83 percent of points when he landed his first serve.   Continued...

Mar 12, 2014; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Roger Federer (SUI) during his fourth round match against Tommy Haas (not pictured) during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Federer won 6-4, 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports - RTR3GUUY