Federer-Wawrinka beat Bopanna-Qureshi in Indian Wells doubles opener

Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka and Roger Federer defeated Indo-Pak duo of Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi 6-2, 6-7 (4/7) 10-6 in the first round of Indian Wells.

updated: March 08, 2014 11:15 IST
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Indian Wells: Now that the magnitude of his Australian Open triumph has sunk in, Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka is aiming to build on his first Grand Slam triumph. The unassuming Swiss, playing his first tournament since he beat Rafael Nadal in the final at Melbourne in January, is the third seed in the ATP Masters tournament in the California desert.

He put a toe back in the water on Friday by teaming with compatriot Roger Federer in a 6-2, 6-7 (4/7) 10-6 first-round doubles win over sixth seeds Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, who lifted the doubles title in Dubai last week. "I feel great," said Wawrinka, who helped Switzerland into the Davis Cup quarter-finals shortly after his Australian Open triumph but then withdrew from the ATP tournament in Rotterdam saying his legs weren't up to it.

"I was home after Davis Cup for three-and-a-half weeks, but since I'm here practising ... I'm really happy," he said.

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