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Rafael Nadal sets Federer show at Indian Wells

Rafael Nadal sets Federer show at Indian Wells
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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.’
 

SHARAPOVA BOOKS LAST FOUR BERTH


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.


MURRAY, DJOKER REACH QUARTERS

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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