Nadal coasts through in California

Thu, 15 Mar 00:57:00 2012

Rafa Nadal advanced to the quarter-finals at Indian Wells with a straight sets 6-3 6-2 win over Alexandr Dolgopolov.

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Nadal, Indian Wells champion in 2007 and 2009, broke pony-tailed Ukrainian Dolgopolov once in the opening set to stamp his authority on the match.

The second seed then broke twice in the second to wrap up a commanding 6-3 6-2 win in one hour, 16 minutes.

"He is a very difficult player to play against," the Spanish left-hander said. "He hits very hard, produces winners from every part of the court. He is a funny player, good for tennis.

"I started very strong and he made a few mistakes, more than usual, with his backhand, which helped me a lot. Being in the quarter-finals here is fantastic for me."

Nadal will next take on David Nalbandian after the Argentine outfought Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3-6 7-5 6-3 in their fourth-round match.

In what was a big shock, Nalbandian recovered from a set down to dump out the sixth seed with two gutsy sets of tennis to set up an encounter with Nadal.

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