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  • Chris Sobey


By the time you read this article the fourth-round line-up at Indian Wells will be complete. Top-seed Federer is still in action and looking as assured as ever winning both of his matches so far in straight sets. Second-seed Cilic crashed out last night against veteran Kolschreiber, who extended his head-to-head winning record against the Croatian to 7-4. Fifth-seed Thiem is also out however, he was unfortunate after twisting his ankle in the first set, and while he battled on to take Cuevas to a third set decider he could not continue after he went 4-2 down. Seventh-seed Anderson is through to the fourth-round as is eleventh-seed Carreno-Busta, who will face Anderson for a place in the quarter-finals.

Australian Open semi-finalist, NextGen finals winner and twenty-third seed Chung is on course to meet Federer in the quarter-finals after he knocked out twelfth-seed Berdych and he faces thirtieth-seed Cuevas next for the first time. Two other NextGen stars were also through to the fourth-round at the time of writing, American Fritz and Croatian Coric, who has looked particularly impressive so far dispatching all three opponents in straight sets for the loss of only nine games. Both of my Quarter winning sections, thirteenth-seed Bautista Agut and fourteenth-seed Schwartzman are unfortunately both out losing against Coric and Baghdatis respectively. At the time of writing my one outright selection Del Potro (12/1) was still in action and was playing veteran Ferrer for a place in the fourth-round.

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