Federer launches bid for sixth Indian Wells title

Heather Diaz
March 12, 2019

The 17-time Grand Slam champion, who owns three Indian Wells titles, needed just 72 minutes to get past world number 192 Donaldson, who returned to the tour in February after six months sidelined by a knee injury. "I did go through doubtful moments and questioning everything and experiencing a surgery for the first time in my life was something that I've never experienced before. I think Novak has to be really ready for this one".

World No 1 Novak Djokovic picked up steam during his second-round match against American Bjorn Fratangelo as he goes in search of his 74th ATP title in Indian Wells.

The Japanese was vastly superior in the second set especially after she grabbed a 5-2 lead (2 breaks up).

Naomi Osaka is back to winning ways in Indian Wells after dismissing Kiki Mladenovic in straight sets. "I took the first set. He was the one that was really aggressive and dictating the points from back of the court for entire first set".

Third seed Petra Kvitová was the highest-profile casualty in the women's draw as the Czech lost a three-set battle 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 to American veteran Venus Williams.

"It was such a weird match", Kvitova said, calling it her worst of the year. Federer immediately broke back before later benefiting from an untimely double fault for another break and serving out for victory in just over an hour and a quarter. "But now, I think maybe I'm just grateful for everything, and the hard work that I did finally paid off, and I'm just happy". It has hampered his chances of winning more titles in his career. Federer says that players can change as they get older and further develop their games, but that it is best to start with two hands on the racquet on the backhand wing.

Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta get married in a star-studded event
Akash and Shloka's pre-wedding festivities started with a bang with parties after parties in St Moritz, Switzerland. Sundar Pichai attended the grand wedding with wife Anjali, dressed in traditional outfits.

Angelique Kerber kicked off her campaign with a comfortable 6-0, 6-2 victory over Yulia Putintseva.

The eighth seed will meet red-hot Russian Natalia Vikhlyantseva in the third round after the qualifier crushed Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2 6-0 earlier in the day. "I think a lot of Stan", Federer said.

Alexander Zverev, Milos Raonic, Gael Monfils, Gilles Simon and Laslo Djere were seeded winners on the men's side.

Other seeded winners were: No. 5 Karolina Pliskova, No. 9 Aryna Sabalenka, No. 11 Anastasija Sevastova, No. 21 Anett Kontaveit and No. 24 Lesia Tsurenko.

Canadian 18-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime, ranked 58th in the world, defeated Britain's Cameron Norrie 6-3, 6-2 to book a meeting with rising Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas.

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