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Federer edges Tursunov with 2 tie-breaks

Roger Federer celebrates winning the first set against Dmitry Tursunov.

Murray comes from behind to beat Vesely

Roger Federer and Andy Murray reached the last 16 round in Indian Wells. The Swiss beat Dmitry Tursunov with two tie-breaks while Murray needed three sets to overcome Jiri Vesely. There are no more Argentines in the tournament.

INDIAN WELLS — Four-time champion Roger Federer edged Russian Dmitry Tursunov 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (7-2) yesterday afternoon at the BNP Paribas Open to reach the round of 16.

The 32-year-old Swiss will face German Tommy Haas or Japan’s Kei Nishikori.

Federer won his third straight tie-break in the desert, including his defeat of Frenchman Paul-Henri Matheiu in his second-round opener. Federer and Tursunov both capitalized on two of their three break points during the one hour, 45-minute match, their first encounter since the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

World No. 8 Federer came to Indian Wells on the heels of his triumph at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, and extended his winning streak to eight matches.

Also yesterday, fifth seed Andy Murray rallied from down in both the second and third sets to overcome fast-rising Czech Jiri Vesely 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 6-4.

“The most important thing today (yesterday) was that I won,” said Murray. “I wasn’t happy with the way that I played. It’s kind of days like that where I could have lost the match and you don’t get an opportunity until Miami to play better or to improve some things. It’s good to have the chance to play another match here and hopefully put in a better performance.”

Murray, who has been looking back to get to top form since undergoing back surgery last September, looked on the verge of a third-round exit after dropping serve six times against the 77th-ranked Vesely. He failed to serve out the first set at 5-4, and twice fell behind a break in the second set.

The third set followed in similar fashion. After trading opening breaks with Vesely, Murray lost serve in the third game before drawing level at 4-all. The World No. 6 finally pulled ahead in the final game, breaking Vesely for an eighth time to claim the hard-fought win after two hours and 48 minutes.

“It was just one of those matches where there wasn’t one period where I thought that the level of tennis from both of us was high at the same time,” said Murray. “That can create a lot of breaks and a lot of sort of back and forth swings in the match. It wasn’t just the start of the match that was frustrating. The whole match was.”

Murray, the 2009 Indian Wells finalist, notched his 20th match win at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. He also improved to a 48-3 mark against left-handers other than Rafael Nadal (5-13).

Late on Sunday, Horacio Zeballos lost to Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 7-5 7-5 in one hour and 41 minutes. So, after Federico Delbonis’ and Juan Mónaco’s elimination's in the first round, and Juan Martín del Potro’s withdrawal in the second round, there are no more Argentine players at the tournament.

Herald staff with ATP

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