Djokovic and Federer through, Murray and Wawrinka crash out

Updated: March 13, 2014


Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic advanced into the quarterfinals of Indian Wells while Grand Slam winners Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray crashed out on another day of upsets in the desert.

In a battle of the veterans, Roger Federer made it 9 straight wins when he overcame the perennial Tommy Haas 6/4, 6/4.

The Swiss great is gunning for a second consecutive title and 5th at Indian Wells, now takes on Kevin Anderson in the quarterfinals as the big serving South African stunned Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka, 7/6, 4/6, 6/1.

Wawrinka, one of the form players this season had won 13 straight matches, including the Chennai and Australian Open titles.

Anderson has been in good form this season having reached the final at Delray and Mexico, faces Federer for the second time, their only meeting coming at the Paris Masters last season, the Swiss winning 6/4, 6/4.

Another form player this season with 2 titles and a losing final, Marin Cilic, pushed Novak Djokovic to 3 sets before losing, 1/6, 6/2, 6/3.

Next up for Djokovic is Julien Benneteau who accounted for Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, 6/3, 7/6.

Quarter and semifinal wins for Djokovic and Federer will set up a mouthwatering final between the 2, Federer already having beaten Djokovic this season on his way to the Dubai Title.

Andy Murray continued his dismal season when he was ousted in 3 sets by Canadian Milos Raonic, 4/6, 7/5, 6/3. Next up for Raonic will be the man that accounted for Rafa Nadal earlier in the tournament, Alexandr Dolgopolov. The Ukrainian needed little time and energy in dispatching Fabio Fognini, 6/2, 6/4.

The last quarterfinal will feature local favourite and 2012 runner up John Isner and Marseille winner Ernests Gulbis as they both accounted for Spaniards, Isner beating Verdasco 7/6, 3/6, 6/3 and Gulbis turning over Bautista Agut 7/6, 4/6, 6/2.

In the ladies draw, Simona Halep will take on Agnieszka Radwanska in the semifinals after their wins over Casey Dellacqua and Jelena Jankovic respectively.

Halep only lost 4 games on her way to a 6/2, 6/2 win over Dellacqua while Radwanska fought hard to overcome former world number 1 Jankovic, 7/5, 2/6, 6/4.

Halep and Radwanska have met on 5 previous occasions with 3 wins to Radwanska however Halep has come out on top on their 2 previous meeting,s the most recent at Doha this season.

Li Na and Sloane Stephens look to book their semifinal spots today when they take on Dominika Cibulkova and Flavia Pennetta.