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Nadal, Zvonareva, Roddick advance at Indian Wells
INDIAN WELLS, (Calif.), MAR 16 (AP)
Published on 16 Mar. 2009 10:10 PM IST
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: Top-ranked Rafael Nadal needed just 1 hour, 7 minutes to beat Michael Berrer of Germany, 6-2, 6-1 in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open on Sunday. Nadal, enjoying his 30th consecutive week at No. 1, had a bye in the first round before overwhelming Berrer, a qualifier ranked No. 112 on the ATP Tour. Nadal lost just five points in seven service games and broke Berrer five times. “I think I am playing well. I played a good match today,” said the Spaniard, who will meet Dmitry Tursunov of Russia in the third round. The 26th-ranked Tursunov struggled to a 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-3 win over American qualifier Michael Russell. Andy Roddick, the No. 7 seed, didn’t play quite as well against Austrian qualifier Daniel Koellerer, but still managed a 6-3, 7-6 (3) win. Fellow American Sam Querrey won, too, 6-4, 6-3 over No. 18 Radek Stepanek. Koellerer is getting a reputation for gamesmanship and Roddick said he “definitely tried everything in his power to get a win. I kind of knew going in that I’d have to stay focused and stay the course and not get caught up in the histrionics.” Earlier in the day, defending champion and third-seeded Novak Djokovic also advanced to the third round with a 7-5, 6-4 win against Martin Vassallo Arguello of Argentina. Djokovic struggled at the start of the season, but is coming off a tournament title at Dubai last month. American Mardy Fish, last year’s runner-up, lost to Jeremy Chardy of France, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (1). Fish, who beat Nikolay Davydenko, David Nalbandian and Roger Federer en route to last year’s final, had beaten Chardy two weeks ago at Delray Beach, Fla., where he won the title. In the women’s draw, top-seeded Dinara Safina, No. 4 Vera Zvonareva of Russia, No. 9 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark and unseeded American Jill Craybas all won their third-round matches. Safina, who will move to the top of the WTA Tour rankings if she reaches the final round, beat Shuai Peng of China, 7-5, 6-4; Zvonareva, on track for a possible semifinal meeting with Safina, was a 6-3, 6-1 winner over Czech Petra Kvitova; and Wozniacki, Zvonareva’s potential quarterfinals foe, beat Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Craybas, No. 102 in the WTA Tour rankings, ousted Nicole Vaidisova of the Czech Republic, 6-4, 6-3. In other men’s matches, No. 8 seed Juan Martin del Potro also moved into the third round with a 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-1 win over American wild card Ryan Sweeting, but 6-foot-9 John Isner upset ninth-seeded Gael Monfils of France, 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4.

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