Roger Federer dismisses qualifier de Bakker, moves on at Sony Open

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Miami, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Fifth seed and two-time champion Roger Federer produced another dominant performance, dismissing qualifier Thiemo de Bakker, 6-3, 6-3, Sunday in the third round of the Sony Open Tennis.

Improving his record to 43-12 in Miami, Federer lost just seven of his service points to clinch victory in 63 minutes and advance to the fourth round against ninth seed Richard Gasquet, who defeated No. 17 Kevin Anderson, 6-3, 6-4, in just over 90 minutes.

Last week, Federer beat Anderson en route to the BNP Paribas Open final.

“We have played many times now and I’m not sure how he’s playing right now,” said Federer of his match against Gasquet.

“He’s a good all around player. With the wind and the slower conditions, it works quite well for him. I think it’s going to be a tough match for me,” he added.

Meanwhile, two-time champion and sixth seed Andy Murray will challenge No. 11 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the fourth round after beating No. 32 Feliciano Lopez, 6-4, 6-1.

Earlier in the day, Tsonga completed a remarkable comeback. Two points from defeat at 1-5 in the second set tie-break, the No. 11 seed kept his nerve to defeat Marcos Baghdatis, 4-6, 7-6(6), 7-5, in two hours and 30 minutes.

Second seed and three-time former champion Novak Djokovic, who advanced to the fourth round after Florian Mayer pulled out Saturday due to a groin injury, will play No. 16 seed Tommy Robredo.

Robredo beat Julien Benneteau 6-3, 6-4 mid-afternoon. The Spaniard reached the quarter-finals in 2007 and will now attempt to record just his second win in his seventh meeting with Djokovic.

Kei Nishikori of Japan defeated No. 15 Grigor Dimitrov, 7-6 (1), 7-5, to make it to the fourth round.

On the women’s side, Li Na battled past Madison Keys, 7-6(3), 6-3, to advance to the fourth round in her first match at the tournament.

“Madison was playing very well today – big serve, big forehand,” said Li, who drew a first-round bye and a second-round walkover win.

Next up for Li is No.15 seed Carla Suarez Navarro, who cruised past No.24 seed Kaia Kanepi, 6-2, 6-1.

Meanwhile, Agnieszka Radwanska defeated Elena Vesnina, 7-5, 6-3, to arrange a showdown with Elina Svitolina, who beat Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.

Caroline Wozniacki dismissed No. 17 Sloane Stephens, 6-1, 6-0, to make it to the next round.

Other winners were Varvara Lepchenko, Venus Williams and Dominika Cibulkova

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