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Rafael Nadal sets Federer show at Indian Wells

Rafael Nadal outlasted the in-form Latvian Ernests Gulbis 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 to set up a mouth-watering quarterfinal with Roger Federer at Indian Wells.

Defending champion Federer defeated fellow Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 7-5, labouring two hours and 20 minutes to subdue his old friend.

Nadal is playing his first hard court tournament since left-knee tendonitis forced him out of the Miami Masters last March. ‘Always against Ernests it’s a very difficult match,’ Nadal said. ‘He’s a very, very aggressive player with a big serve.’


Maria Sharapova progressed to the semi-finals at Indian Wells on Wednesday with a 7-6 (8/6), 6-2 victory over Sara Errani in a rematch of last year’s French Open final. ‘I’m giving myself an opportunity to be back in the final, and hopefully I will go farther this time,’ said Sharapova after the match.


US Open champion Andy Murray, irked by Carlos Berlocq’s noisy grunting, got the last word on Wednesday with a 7-6 (7/4), 6-4 victory over the Argentine. Murray, ranked No. 3 in the world, booked a quarter-final berth at Indian Wells, the first ATP Masters event of the year and his first tournament since falling in the Australian Open final to Novak Djokovic. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic stayed up late to book a quarterfinal berth at the Indian Wells Masters beating American Sam Querrey 6-0, 7-6 (8/6) in straight sets.
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