Federer aims for 6th Indian Wells title

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Venus Williams staged a spirited comeback to down third seed Petra Kvitova 4-6 7-5 6-4 and reach the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells on Saturday.

The Australian Open finalist had established a comfortable 6-4, 3-0 lead for herself but Williams clawed her way back into the match, winning seven of the last nine games of the second set to draw level at one set apiece.

Williams lost the first set 6-3 to two-time major champion Garbine Muguruza and was trailing 1-0 in the second set when she called it quits.

Describing the clash as "weird", Kvitova said that she took the first set and was nearly leading the second set comfortable when Williams somehow made an incredible return to eventually snatch the win. We started, I think, pretty nervous, both.

"The tournament in Australia was incredible considering all these things, the only regret is that I could not compete at my best in the final but I found a great Djokovic and I think I was missing something to be able to play at this level", Rafael Nadal added.

Romania's Halep struggled to hit her stride but emerged with a 7-6 (7/3), 7-5 victory in her first meeting with the 114th-ranked Kozlova.

She was broken four times, but proved more consistent in the bruising baseline rallies.

The 38-year-old veteran American broke the Czech once more in the match's final game, letting loose with a euphoric scream as she sealed one of her most impressive victories in recent memory.

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He called for "anti-imperialist" demonstrations across the country on Saturday, coinciding with marches called by Guaido. Let the insane minority continue with their bitterness, we'll defeat them. "That's never stopped us", Guaido said.

"I had a few bad volleys that cost me a break back, but I kept fighting, executing the plan", said Mladenovic.

"He's the best player to ever play the sport", Wawrinka said.

"The second set I think he saved some crucial break points with good serving".

Fourth-seeded Federer, like top seeded Novak Djokovic gunning for a sixth ATP Indian Wells Masters crown, said he was relieved not to go to a second-set tiebreaker after falling behind 3-1 to the free-swinging German who is ranked 85th in the world. "I did go through doubtful moments and questioning everything and experiencing a surgery for the first time in my life was something that I've never experienced before".

However, the American was unable to close it out, a double fault and a pair of errors handing Djokovic the opening set.

Karolina Pliskova booked her place in the third round after a hard-fought win over qualifier Misaki Doi.

Nishikori next faces 67th-ranked Hubert Hurkacz of Poland, who defeated France's Lucas Pouille 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.

Germany's Angelique Kerber enjoyed a sweet victory over Yulia Putintseva.

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