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Federer, Wawrinka Pull Double Duty In Indian Wells

Indian Wells, U.S.A.

Tsonga, Mahut© Getty ImagesJo-Wilfried Tsonga and Nicolas Mahut advanced to the quarter-finals in Indian Wells.

Swiss duo Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka reached the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday in Indian Wells with a 7-6(3), 7-6(4) victory over Ernests Gulbis and Milos Raonic. Both Federer and Wawrinka had reached the singles fourth round earlier in the day.

Federer and Wawrinka are pairing up at an ATP World Tour event for the first time since reaching the Indian Wells final three years ago (l. to Dolgopolov/Malisse). The 2008 Olympic gold medalists edged first-time pairing Gulbis and Raonic in 87 minutes, setting a clash with fourth seeds Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek, who defeated Jonathan Erlich and Richard Gasquet 6-3, 7-5.

Frenchmen Nicolas Mahut and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga upset seventh seeds and two-time runners-up Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic, 6-7(7), 7-6(5), 11-9 in just under two hours.  

Two more seeded teams fell when Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot defeated fifth seeds David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco 3-6, 6-3, 10-7, and John Isner and Sam Querrey ousted Australian Open champions Lukasz Kubot and Robert Lindstedt, 6-3, 7-6(6).

In other action, No. 3 seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo rallied past the all-British team of Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins 3-6, 6-4, 10-6. Dodig and Melo are seeking their second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown after prevailing at the Shanghai Rolex Masters last year.

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