Rafael Nadal advances at Indian Wells with win over Fernando Verdasco

By The Sports Xchange   |   March 14, 2017 at 9:01 PM
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Rafael Nadal set up a possible fourth-round match with Roger Federer by defeating Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 7-5 on Tuesday in the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, Calif.

The fifth-seeded Nadal closed out Verdasco in 89 minutes while persevering through 95-degree heat.

The ninth-seeded Federer faces American Steve Johnson on Wednesday night.

Federer defeated Nadal in a memorable five-set Australian Open final earlier this year.

Verdasco put up a strong challenge in the second set but the Spaniard was stymied by his countrymate. Nadal broke Verdasco's service to take a 6-5 lead and then finished the match.

Fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan also advanced with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Gilles Muller of Luxembourg.

Nishikori next faces American Donald Young, who upset 14th-seeded Lucas Pouille of France 6-4, 1-6, 6-3. Young won the match in one hour, 47 minutes.

In another match, Tunisia's Malek Jaziri was a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory over American Taylor Fritz.

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