Federer plays down his chances

13 March 2018 06:18:36 EST

Roger Federer is keen to keep his good run going after easing past Filip Krajinovic in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

The 36-year-old Swiss star thrashed Krajinovic 6-2 6-1 and is now 1/3 to win the tournament outright and 5/1 to beat France's Jeremy Chardy on Wednesday in three sets.

Injured trio Rafael Nadal, Stanislas Wawrinka and Andy Murray are not taking part in California, while Novak Djokovic has already been knocked out, so world number one Federer is on course to claim a record sixth Indian Wells title.

Federer is playing down his chances though, saying: "You can't really look ahead to semi-finals, finals and speculate about who you could play.

"I think that would be a mistake. I am on a good run right now and I want to maintain that. I have to stay sharp."

Meanwhile, the fifth seed, Dominic Thiem, had to retire after picking up an ankle injury while trailing Pablo Cuevas 6-3 4-6 2-4. Kevin Anderson saw off Nicolas Kicker 7-6 7-6 and South Korea's Chung Hyeon beat Tomas Berdych 6-4 6-4.

Borna Coric eased past Roberto Bautista Agut 6-1 6-3, Pablo Carreno Busta defeated Daniil Medvedev 6-1 7-5 and Taylor Fritz came from behind to emerge victorious against Fernando Verdasco 4-6 6-2 7-6.

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