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Stan Wawrinka eases past Philipp Kohlschreiber into Indian Wells fourth round

Stan Wawrinka eases past Philipp Kohlschreiber into Indian Wells fourth round

The 3rd seed Stan Wawrinka will play in Indian Wells 4th round for the 7th time after a solid 7-5 6-3 triumph over Philipp Kohlschreiber, in the battle of the one-handed backhands.

"It was a really good match", Wawrinka assured. "I'm very happy. (The) first set was not easy, for sure, but in general I'm happy with my game".

Wawrinka next meets with lucky loser Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan, who staged a remarkable rally to get past 13th-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych 1-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4.

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Wawrinka is the highest-ranked player remaining in the top half of the draw after world number one Andy Murray's shock loss to 129th-ranked qualifier Vasek Pospisil in the second round.

"I was down 1-6, 2-5; I couldn't figure out how [to] beat Berdych", Nishioka explained. "I tried to find a way, and then I think he give me a little bit [of a chance]".

After trading breaks at the start of the decider, Nishioka broke again for a 2-1 lead and did not look back. "So I need to focus on every match".

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Much of the talk on the men's side has been centered around two things, the stunning first-match upset of No. 1 Andy Murray, and the insane quarter of the draw that includes Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. But the Swiss said he didn't think of it that way.

Women: Third round: Madison Keys bt Naomi Osaka 6-1, 6-4; Caroline Wozniacki bt Katerina Siniakova 6-3, 6-1; Lauren Davis bt Julia Goerges 6-1, 6-4; Kristina Mladenovic bt Simona Halep 6-3, 6-3; Peng Shuai bt Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 6-4; Venus Williams bt Lucie Safarova 6-4, 6-2; Elena Vesnina bt TÅ£mea Babos 6-4, 1-6, 6-4; Angelique Kerber bt Pauline Parmentier 7-5, 3-6, 7-5.

Other seeded winners on the day were No. 11 David Goffin defeating No. 22 Albert Ramos 7-6 (3), 6-4; No. 21 Pablo Carreno receiving a walkover against No. 16 Roberto Bautista Agut; and No. 27 Pablo Cuevas dismissing Fabio Fognini 6-1, 6-4.

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Elsewhere, Pospisil was unable to build on the best win of his career falling to fellow qualifier Dusan Lajovic 7-6 (7/4) 3-6 7-5 just two days after toppling Murray.


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