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Nadal sweeps into Indian Wells last 16

2019-03-13 06:42
Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal (AP)

Indian Wells - World No 2 Rafael Nadal continued his dominance of Diego Schwartzman, surging past the Argentine 6-3, 6-1 on Tuesday to reach the fourth round of the ATP Indian Wells Masters.

Nadal took his record against the world No. 26 to 7-0 in emphatic style, never facing a break point in a match lasting an hour and 16 minutes.

"I think I played a very solid match," Nadal said. "I did a lot of things well."

Nadal, a three-time winner of the Indian Wells title, next faces Serbian qualifier Filip Krajinovic, who ousted 14th-seeded Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-2.

World number one Novak Djokovic was due up after Nadal on stadium court, continuing his quest for a fourth-round berth after his third-round match against German Philipp Kohlschreiber was halted by rain on Monday night with just one game completed.

The winner of that match will take on France's Gael Monfils, who sped past Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-0, 6-3 on Monday.

Djokovic, who claimed a record seventh Australian Open title in January, is seeking an unprecedented sixth Indian Wells crown.

He currently shares the record of five with Roger Federer, who takes on Stan Wawrinka in the third round in a rematch of the 2017 final won by Federer.

Federer has dominated the rivalry with his friend and countryman 21-3, with all three of Wawrinka's victories coming on clay courts.

"Don't remind me of the stats," Wawrinka quipped after pulling off a marathon three-set victory over Hungarian Marton Fucsovics.

The match with Federer will be another stern test for Wawrinka, a former world number three who is climbing back up the rankings as he continues his return from double knee surgery.

In other early matches, 67th-ranked Hubert Herkacz of Poland upset sixth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 to reach the last 16 of a Masters 1000 event for the first time.

He will play 19-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov, the 24th seed who beat 10th seeded Croatian Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-2.

Results on Tuesday in the BNP Paribas Open WTA and ATP Masters hardcourt tournament (x-denotes seeded player):

Men

Third round

Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) bt Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) 6-4, 6-4

Hubert Hurkacz (POL) bt Kei Nishikori (JPN x6) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

Denis Shapovalov (CAN x24) bt Marin Cilic (CRO x10) 6-4, 6-2

Kyle Edmund (GBR x22) bt Radu Albot (MDA) 6-3, 6-3

Roger Federer (SUI x4) bt Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 6-3, 6-4

John Isner (USA x8) bt Guido Pella (ARG x32) 6-3, 6-4

Karen Khachanov (RUS x12) bt Andrey Rublev (RUS) 7-5, 6-3

Filip Krajinovic (SRB) bt Daniil Medvedev (RUS x14) 6-3, 6-2

Rafael Nadal (ESP x2) bt Diego Schwartzman (ARG x25) 6-3, 6-1

Women

Fourth round

Belinda Bencic (SUI x23) bt Naomi Osaka (JPN x1) 6-3, 6-1

Karolína Pliskova (CZE x5) bt Anett Kontaveit (EST x21) 7-6 (7/0), 4-6, 6-2

Venus Williams (USA) bt Mona Barthel (GER) 6-4, 6-4

Angelique Kerber (GER x8) bt Aryna Sabalenka (BLR x9) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4

Garbine Muguruza (ESP x20) bt Kiki Bertens (NED x7) 5-7, 6-1, 6-4

Bianca Andreescu (CAN) bt Wang Qiang (CHN x18) 7-5, 6-2

Elina Svitolina (UKR x6) bt Ashleigh Barty (AUS x12) 7-6 (10/8), 5-7, 6-4

Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) bt Simona Halep (ROM x2) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2

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