x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

‘I’m in a good place. Zen on the court’ says Federer at Indian Wells

Roger Federer has advanced to the fourth round at the BNP Paribas Open, where, he says, 'I know what my solid level is ... I feel different this year. I feel like if I do play my best I can come through again.'

Roger Federer is at the BNP Paribas Open coming off a victory at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship. Paul Buck /EPA
Roger Federer is at the BNP Paribas Open coming off a victory at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship. Paul Buck /EPA

Four-time Indian Wells champion Roger Federer held on through two tiebreakers on Monday to beat Dmitry Tursunov in straight sets at the first ATP Masters of the year.

It wasn’t a dominant performance from the former world No 1 and 17-time Grand Slam champion, but it showcased the confidence he has regained with a strong start to 2014 after a disappointing – by his standards – 2013 campaign.

“Now I feel like I’m in a good place. Zen on the court,” Federer said after his 7-6 (9/7), 7-6 (7/2) victory.

“I know what my solid level is. Even if I won six and six today, I just feel like I was calm and served for the set – OK, got broken, still managed to stay calm.”

Federer broke Tursunov to open the match, but was broken as he served for the set at 5-4 before winning the tiebreaker.

He recovered an early break in the second set before dominating in the second-set decider.

Federer arrived in California on the heels of a victory in Dubai -- where he beat Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals and Tomas Berdych in the final.

That win was his first title in nine months, and backed up a solid semi-final showing at the Australian Open, where he posted wins over Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

“It’s just good to beat top 10 players from time to time,” Federer said. “Especially with the difficult year I had last year, I could really feel at times I was actually not going to beat the best, probably.

“I would have a chance sometimes, but more often than not I wouldn’t make it through.

“I feel different this year. I feel like if I do play my best I can come through again. That’s like a major difference.”

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