Next up for Federer will be either French 28th seed Julien Benneteau, who beat Federer in Rotterdam just recently, or Croat Ivan Dodig
Denis Istomin - Roger Federer
Indian Wells Masters - 9 March 2013
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FEDERER 6-2 6-3 - GAME, SET & MATCH! Federer pushes Istomin around the baseline before working his way up to the net and firing down a smash to seal the win at his first attempt
FEDERER 6-2 5-3 - Federer has been able to ace Istomin at will today, the Uzbek has had no read on the world number two's serve. Another ace, a third from Federer, sees him hold and leave Istomin preparing to serve to stay in this match
FEDERER 6-2 4-3 - Istomin is doing well to stick with this match, such is the pace at which it is being played, and he holds once again to remain just the one break down
FEDERER 6-2 4-2 - Federer is still in no mood to mess around, despite being in a commanding lead and he races through yet another quick and easy service hold. He has give Istomin absolutely nothing against serve today and as such the Uzbek has simply been able to create nothing
FEDERER 6-2 3-2 - Istomin gets things back on track with a more comforable service hold, pulling Federer out of position before finding a forehand winner into the open court to seal the game. He has not really tested Federer on serve, however, and remains a set and a break down
FEDERER 6-2 3-1 - Yet another blink-and-you'll-miss-it service hold from Federer as he consolidates the break. It's a long way back for Istomin now
FEDERER 6-2 2-1 - BREAK! Normal service is resumed from Federer against serve as he eases through another break, working his way up to the net once again and putting away the backhand volley to seal the break
FEDERER 6-2 1-1 - After a couple of errors in that previous game, Federer has raced through a very quick service hold to sling all the pressure back on Istomin, who is put back in to serve
FEDERER 6-2 0-1 - Istomin, for once, managing to take time away from Federer as he rushes the world number two into a forehand error and holds for the opening game of the second set. That was a vitally important hold for the Uzbek
FEDERER 6-2 - SET! Federer serves out the set with absolutely no trouble whatsoever. There are some worryingly dark clouds gathering over Indian Wells although the forecast says there is a zero per cent change of rain
FEDERER 5-2 - Credit to Istomin as he batters his way though a service hold that allows him to double his output. But Federer will serve for this opening set after the change of ends
FEDERER 5-1 - Federer drops a point on serve! But he quickly recovers, drawing Istomin into the net with a neatly angled backhand drop shot which he follows with a backhand winner down the line
FEDERER 4-1 - BREAK! Federer is all over Istomin at the moment as he easily, almost dismissively, slaps back a forehand return of serve, that makes life incredibly difficult for his opponent, before putting away the resulting mid-court forehand for the winner and the double break
FEDERER 3-1 - A second love service hold from Federer as he maintains his break adavantage with an ace out wide
FEDERER 2-1 - An instinct forehand half-volley pick up from Istomin goes for a cracking winner down the line and gets the Uzbek off the mark in this opening set. He is already a break down though
FEDERER 2-0 - The defending champion races through a comfortable service hold, with three huge first serves and just the one second serve.
FEDERER 1-0 - BREAK! Federer is off the mark already, having snatched an early break in the opening game with an agressive forehand approach shot that Istomin simply could not handle
Next up on Stadium 1 will be the defending champion Roger Federer. The world number two is taking on Denis Istomin, who he has beaten in all three of their previous clashes