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Federer cruises, Nadal wins in walkover

March 12, 2013 at 1:49 AM   |   Comments

INDIAN WELLS, Calif., March 12 (UPI) -- Second-seeded Roger Federer breezed into the fourth round and No. 5 Rafael Nadal won in a walkover Monday at the BNP Paribas Open in California.

Federer needed only 61 minutes to speed past Croatia's Ivan Dodig 6-3, 6-1, cruising into the round of 16.

He'll next face fellow Swiss and No. 18 seed Stanislaw Wawrinka, who bested Australian Lleyton Hewitt 6-4, 7-5.

Nadal, meanwhile, didn't even have to take to the court to advance into the fourth round. He was set to meet Leonardo Mayer on Day 5, but the Argentine pulled out of their scheduled third-round match with a back injury.

The Spanish superstar now goes on to face Latvian Ernests Gulbis, who rallied for a 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Italian Andreas Seppi.

Also Monday, sixth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych needed only 68 minutes to dispatch No. 27 German Florian Mayer 6-4, 6-1; 13th-seeded Gilles Simon outlasted Frenchman Benoit Pare 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4; and No. 10 Richard Gasquet of France bested 24th-seeded Pole Jerzy Janowicz 6-1, 6-4.

South African Kevin Anderson prevailed over Finland's Jarkko Nieminen 6-3, 6-1 in another third-round match.

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