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Friday, March 7, 2014
Federer-Wawrinka roll through

Associated Press

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Swiss stars Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka filled their time off Friday as the opening round of men's singles concluded by winning their doubles match in the BNP Paribas Open.

Federer and Wawrinka, the 2008 Olympic gold medalists, played in the new 8,000-seat Stadium 2, and emerged with a 6-2, 6-7 (4), (10-6) victory over Rohan Bopanna of India and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan.

"I don't know if it was sold out, but it felt like very, very full," said Federer, a four-time singles champion at Indian Wells. "You're not probably going to achieve that on center court (where capacity is 16,100) for a doubles. But that was a perfect setup, a feeling, and we can thank the tournament and (owner) Larry Ellison for building such a court so quickly.

"It's nice to see the game grow and seeing people coming out and enjoying it. It's great. I really had a great time out there with Stan today."

Wawrinka is the Australian Open champion.

"It took me time to realize really what I did in Australian Open," said Wawrinka, who is the No. 3 seed and could meet No. 7 Federer in the quarterfinals and top-seeded Rafael Nadal in the semifinals.

"Still when I'm saying that I won a Grand Slam it's still strange for me, but that's why it was good to be home during three weeks," Wawrinka said. "It was good to be with the family, to take more time for myself."

Wawrinka's second-round opponent will be Ivo Karlovic of Croatia, and Federer will open his title bid against French qualifier Paul-Henri Mathieu. Wawrinka and Federer both will play Saturday afternoon.

On Saturday night, Nadal will take on Radek Stepanek.

Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Juan Martin del Potro, Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are the other top-10 players competing in doubles.