BNP Paribas Open: Roger Federer too hot for Filip Krajinovic

Defending champion Roger Federer remained on course in his bid to secure a sixth BNP Paribas Open title with a 6-2, 6-1 dismantling of Filip Krajinovic on Monday night.

The Serb was unsurprisingly no match for a ruthless Federer, as the world number one needed only 58 minutes to secure a last 16 berth.

36-year-old Federer blasted six aces, had one double fault and won 89 percent of his first serve points, losing just three points on his serve the entire match.

“I actually was explosive out there today and I felt good,” the Swiss, who hasn’t lost a single match this year, said. “So I’m very happy how things are turning out to be.”

Federer will next face Jeremy Chardy, who beat fellow Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 7-5, 4-6, 6-1.

Federer is looking to become the only player to win the BNP Paribas Open six times, he is currently tied on five titles with Novak Djokovic, who was knocked out in his first match by Taro Daniels. Should he win the tournament, he will beat his own record from last year to become the oldest player to win the event.

In other matches played, American Taylor Fritz defeated Fernando Verdasco 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(1), while Croatia’s Borna Coric breezed past Roberto Bautista 6-1, 6-3. Pablo Carreno-Busta of Spain beat Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-1, 7-5.

South Africa’s Kevin Anderson also moved into the last 16 with a 7-6, 7-6 victory over Nicolas Kicker, while South Korean sensation Hyeon Chung upstaged Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-4 to seal progress.

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