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Indian Wells PHOTOS: Federer withstands winds of change; Wawrinka, Murray fall

Last updated on: March 13, 2014 14:20 IST

Indian Wells PHOTOS: Federer, Djokovic withstand winds of change; Wawrinka, Murray fall

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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 Djokivic 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.


Image: Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a return to Tommy Haas of Germany
Photographs: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

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'It wasn't really on my mind that he had won Australia'

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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."


Image: Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland hits a return
Photographs: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

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'Nobody can affect me'

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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 per cent of points when he landed his first serve.

Murray did break Raonic's serve in the opening set and again in the deciding third to lead 2-1 but lost the next four games in a row against the 6ft 5in (1.96 metre) tall Canadian.

"To get broken two consecutive times in that situation isn't good enough. I played poor tennis at that stage. I didn't make enough balls and I missed some really easy shots," Murray told reporters.

"It's tough to win matches like that, because against him, he obviously wins a lot of free points with his serve. So over the course of the set, if you give up enough unforced errors on basic shots, then with the amount of free points he gets on his serve, that's going to add up to a negative result."

Raonic's next opponent in the quarter-finals will be Ukrainian giant killer Alexandr Dolgopolov who followed up his upset victory over Rafael Nadal on Monday with a comprehensive 6-2, 6-4 drubbing of Italy's Fabio Fognini.

"I think the most important thing is obviously my serve and the beauty of that is nobody can affect me," Raonic said.


Image: Milos Raonic of Canada hits a return to Andy Murray of Great Britain
Photographs: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

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Isner keeps American hopes alive

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John Isner kept American hopes alive with a 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-3 win over Spain's Fernando Verdasco while Latvia's Ernests Gulbis defeated Roberto Bautista of Spain 7-6(0), 4-6, 6-2.

A third Spaniard, Feliciano Lopez, was sent packing by Frenchman Julien Benneteau, losing 6-3, 7-6(4).


Image: John Isner follows through on a forehand to Fernando Verdasco of Spain
Photographs: Jeff Gross/Getty Images

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'I had no pressure'

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In the only match completed in the women's draw, Romania's Simona Halep cruised into the semi-finals with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Australian qualifier Casey Dellacqua.

Halep only needed an hour to wrap up a lopsided victory and will now play either second seed Agnieszka Radwanska or Jelena Jankovic on Friday.

"I had no pressure," said Halep, who is poised to break into the world's top five rankings for the first time.

"I was more relaxed than yesterday. I said that if I'm in the quarter-finals I have to enjoy it."


Image: Simona Halep of Romania hits a return
Photographs: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

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