Updated: Tuesday, 11 March 2014 06:06 | By Agence France-Presse

Federer reaches fourth round at Indian Wells

Four-time Indian Wells champion Roger Federer needed two tiebreakers to beat Dmitry Tursunov on Monday and reach the fourth round of the year's first ATP Masters.


Federer reaches fourth round at Indian Wells

Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after winning match point against Dmitry Tursunov of Russia during the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 9, 2014 in Indian Wells, California - by Stephen Dunn

The seventh-seeded Swiss, who has won a record 17 Grand Slam titles, defeated Tursunov 7-6 (9/7), 7-6 (7/2) to take his perfect record against the Russian to 4-0.

Federer, now ranked eighth in the world, surrendered a 3-0 lead in the opening set before prevailing in the tiebreaker.

He recovered an early break in the second set before dominating in the second-set decider.

Federer, who arrived in California after victory in the Dubai tournament for his 78th career trophy, awaits the winner of Monday night's match between 11th-seeded German Tommy Haas and 19th-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan.

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