INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Defending champion Roger Federer beat Ivan Dodig of Croatia 6-3, 6-1 in a third-round match at the BNP Paribas Open on Monday, with the Swiss star tweaking his back near the end of the match. Victoria Azarenka, the defending women's champion, needed three sets to move on.
Federer earned his 890th career ATP Tour victory, joining Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl and Guillermo Vilas as the only men to have won at least that many matches in the Open era. The second-ranked Federer is seeking his first tournament title of the year at an event where he has won four championships and has a 41-8 career record.
Federer was the highest-seeded men's player in action Monday. He has Tuesday off to give his back a rest.
"I'm not too worried. I have gone through it so many times where you feel a little tweak," he said. "Happened during Grand Slams, during tournaments, in practice. It's just something you learn to deal with."
Top-ranked Azarenka rallied to beat 28th-seeded Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium, 3-6, 6-3, 6-0 under the lights and improve to 15-0 this year.
A 4.7 magnitude earthquake struck at 9:55 a.m. near Indian Wells. It occurred before the day's matches had begun, although the Indian Wells Tennis Garden was busy with fans and workers, many of whom said they felt a strong jolt.
Federer ran out of the house where he's staying.
"I didn't know how long it was going to last, if it was going to get worse from there, or if the worst was already past," he said. "It was a very strange feeling to have."