Federer and Nadal win, Ferrer out in shock loss
By Mark Lamport-Stokes ,ReutersINDIAN WELLS, California -- While Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal won their opening matches in straight sets on Saturday, world number four David Ferrer became the first top seed to make an early exit from the BNP Paribas Open.
March 11, 2013, 12:10 am TWN
Spaniard Ferrer, a winner of two ATP titles this year who is known for his speed across the court, was ousted 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 by big-serving South African Kevin Anderson in the second round at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Four-times champion Federer, however, wasted little time in pounding Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin 6-2, 6-3 with a ruthless display of seemingly effortless movement and razor sharp shot-making.
In a heavily anticipated evening encounter, Spaniard Nadal overcame early resistance from American Ryan Harrison to win 7-6, 6-2 in his first match on a hardcourt surface in 346 days, following a left knee injury.
Nadal, a twice former champion at Indian Wells, did not appear to be in any discomfort after being sidelined for seven months last year and he dominated the second set before wrapping up victory in just over an hour and a half.
“I am satisfied to be in the next round,” said the Spanish left-hander who has enjoyed a successful tournament run on clay in recent weeks, winning two ATP titles after reaching three finals. “That's the most important thing.
“Two weeks ago, I didn't really know if I would be playing here, so I am happy to be here. I feel fine. My physical performance needs to improve. My movements need to improve.”
Federer, who beat American John Isner 7-6, 6-3 in last year's final at Indian Wells, was in peerless form on Saturday, blending a series of crunching groundstrokes with his typically dominant net play to break Istomin's serve twice in each set.
“It's nice to be back as defending champion and to start so strong today,” Swiss maestro Federer said after sealing his win in just under an hour on his second match point.
Rafael Nadal, of Spain, returns a shot to Ryan Harrison during their match at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California, Saturday, March 9. (AP)