Indian Wells, Calif. (ap) — Defending champion Roger Federer rallied for a 6-3, 6-7 (4), 7-5 victory over Swiss compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka yesterday to reach the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open.
Wawrinka’s consecutive forehand errors in the gathering dusk of an unusually hot day in the California desert closed out his 10th consecutive loss to Federer on hard courts. The temperature reached 96 degrees — nearly 20 degrees above normal — during the day.
Federer, a four-time champion at Indian Wells, is going for his first ATP Tour title since last August. The world’s second-ranked player improved to 13-1 against the 18th-seeded Wawrinka.
Federer next plays either No. 5 Rafael Nadal or Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis, who followed him under the lights on stadium court.
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Maria Sharapova were playing night matches.
Maria Kirilenko got by No. 5 seed Petra Kvitova 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the searing heat to reach the women’s semifinals for the first time.
Kirilenko improved to 6-0 in three-set matches this year. Seeded 13th, the Russian is playing her first tournament since mid-February when she retired with a right shoulder injury in the first round at Doha.
Of the eight women’s quarterfinalists, none has spent more time on court than Kirilenko, whose total match time approached nearly eight hours before her latest match. All four of her matches at Indian Wells have gone three sets.
On the men’s side, No. 3 Andy Murray beat Carlos Berlocq 7-6 (4), 6-4 and No. 6 Tomas Berdych beat No. 10 Richard Gasquet 6-1, 7-5. No. 8 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga outlasted No. 17 Milos Raonic 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, and Kevin Anderson defeated No. 13 Giles Simon 6-3, 1-6, 6-4.