Baghdatis dumps out Federer
INDIAN WELLS: Marcos Baghdatis toppled Roger Federer 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (7/4) today, saving three match points en route to his first victory in seven tries against the Swiss world No 1.
Baghdatis saw off the 16-time Grand Slam champion in two hours and 22 minutes to reach the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open. He finished it off with a service winner on his first match point — after surviving a match point in the 12th game of the third set. The last time Federer surrendered a match after holding at least one match point was in the 2006 Rome final, against Rafael Nadal. Baghdatis next plays Tommy Robredo — a 6-3, 6-0 winner over Dudi Sela.
Andy Murray booked his fourth-round berth with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over American Michael Russell. He next faces Spains Nicols Almagro, who beat American James Blake 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
Sixth-seeded Swede Robin Soderling posted a 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 win over Spain’s Feliciano Lopez. Soderling holds a 2-0 career record over his fourth-round opponent, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 winner over Spain’s Albert Montanes. Andy Roddick beat Thiemo De Bakker of the Netherlands 6-3, 6-4 and next plays Austrian Jurgen Melzer.
On the women’s side, Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark booked a quarter-final berth as defending champion Vera Zvonareva joined the list of former champions bowing out. Wozniacki beat Russian veteran Nadia Petrova 6-3, 3-6, 6-0. Wozniacki next faces Zheng Jie of China — a 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7/1) winner over Alicia Molik.
Zvonareva was toppled by eighth-seeded Australian Samantha Stosur 6-2, 7-5. Stosur next meets Spain’s Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, who beat Belgian Yanina Wickmayer 6-4, 6-4. Also, fourth-seeded Elena Dementieva of Russia and fifth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland lined up a quarter-final clash with victories on Tuesday.