(March 9, 2013) Roger Federer began defense of his BNP Paribas Open title by defeating Russia’s Denis Istomin 6-2, 6-3 in the second tound on Saturday. Federer is going for his fifth Indian Wells title.
The Swiss was dominant with his serve, winning 96 percent of his first serve points, losing only lost just four points on serve, all in the first set in the 58 minute match.
“It felt good from the start and was able to maintain that level of play,” Federer said to media. “I never thought he got into the match, you know, at all. That gives you obviously even more confidence.”