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Nadal beats Verdasco to reach Indian Wells' last 16

Nadal beats Verdasco to reach Indian Wells' last 16

Rafael Nadal beat his fellow countryman Fernando Verdasco also in straight sets 6-3, 7-5 t set up a fourth round tie with Roger Federer.

World number two Djokovic - who has won the Indian Wells title five times, including in each of the last three years - won 6-4 7-6 (7/5) against the Briton.

To add a little more spice, they are joined by former US Open victor Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina, risky Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco, mercurial Australian talent Nick Kyrgios - who shocked Djokovic in Acapulco last week - and tenacious teenager Alexander Zverev, who took Nadal to five sets in Melbourne.

By the time Federer and Nadal played their first match against each other, the Swiss had already built a career most players could only dream of having.

Djokovic, however, must next negotiate a risky third-round opponent in Argentinian Juan Martin del Potro, after the three-time defending champion advanced with an unconvincing 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) victory over Briton Kyle Edmund. "So I think the match will be played a bit different", he added. It is the earliest the two are facing each other in a tournament since their third round meeting which was their first ever at the Miami Masters in 2004. In a very tight first set, Federer edged out Nadal 7-5 to take the lead in the match.

It was hard to separate Federer and Johnson in the first set as games went the way of serve, with neither creating a single break point in normal play.




The 14-time time Grand Slam champion exhibited crisper footwork, won 10 of 13 points played on his opponent's second serve and maintained better command of his nerve in crucial stages to defeat Verdasco for the second year in a row at Indian Wells.

Djokovic is trying to get back to the winner's circle after a shock second-round exit at the Australian Open and a quarter-final loss to Kyrgios in Acapulco.

Novak Djokovic in action against Kyle Edmund at the Indian Wells Masters tennis. "I feel more comfortable, I feel more fresh".

"Amazing, unbelievable draw", said world number one and top seed Andy Murray, who has the luxury of analyzing it from a safe spot on the opposite end of the bracket.

Federer did not feature in second half of the season past year due to knee problems, but the Swiss ace has been in great form since his return.

U.S. 12th seed Venus Williams put out qualifier Peng Shuai 3-6, 6-1, 6-3. The Australian defeated German Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-4 to book his California spot. I don't know. I'm a big fan, so it's so good'.

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