|Nationality||Player||Set 1||Set 2||Set 3||Set 4||Set 5|
- - NADAL 4-6 7-5 6-4 - MATCH - Hearts in mouths as Nalbandian takes the first two points before an unforced net pulls one back. Nadal finds the net himself with a rare botched smash, but pulls back to deuce before backhanding his way to win after another superb rally on advantage point to win an absolute classic!
- - NADAL 4-6 7-5 5-4 - Nadal will once again serve for the match as the stubborn Nalbandian holds his serve to keep this epic contest alive. Even if the Argentine falls at the next hurdle, coming at least close to the Spaniard will send a strong message to those willing to write him off as a one-set wonder.
- - NADAL 4-6 7-5 5-3 - BREAK - Not over just yet. Nalbandian fights his way to another break with Nadal appearing to take his foot off the gas a little so near the finishing line.
- - NADAL 4-6 7-5 5-2 - BREAK - And now we have the opposite: Nadal nails four straight points against the serve of the wilting Nalbandian and will now serve for the match.
- - NADAL 4-6 7-5 4-2 - The third consecutive game without a single point against serve edges Nadal ever-closer to an engrossing comeback victory.
- - NADAL 4-6 7-5 3-2 - Nalbandian retaliates with love-service himself to keep the pressure on. One break will be enough to be right back in this final set but he has failed to do so since sealing the opener.
- - NADAL 4-6 7-5 3-1 - Though missing out on that opportunity of an early double-break will not have sat well with Rafa, he bounces back quickly with a love-service game which underscores the fact that with the two-game lead, Nalbandian has to do more than hold his serve to stay alive.
- - NADAL 4-6 7-5 2-1 - A double break point is wasted after a terrific rally goes the way of the Argentine before a Nadal back-hand goes wayward. From there, Nalbandian makes it four points on the bounce to rescue his first game of the set.
- - NADAL 4-6 7-5 2-0 - Nadal aces en route to a game-30 in service to open up an advantage in this decider.
- - NADAL 4-6 7-5 1-0 - BREAK - Nalbandian hurls his racquet into the ground in frustration as he loses his serve from deuce. Nadal may well be peaking at the perfect time here in what is threatening to become a classic example of why two well-matched players on the court are so far apart in the rankings.
- - NADAL 4-6 7-5 - SET - The emotion coming out of Nadal after a delightful back-hand drop for a double set point says it all. He goes on to take the first of those for a game-15 which sends us to a third set. Not sure about you guys, but I have no complaints at all about the prospect of another 45 minutes or so of this.
- - NADAL 4-6 6-5 - BREAK - Roars of approval from the crowd greet Nadal's excellent cross-court forehand for 30-15 and a botched back-hand which finds nothing but net from Nalbandian for 40-30, from which Nadal finally breaks the Argentine's serve. Are they cheering on the Spaniard or hoping for a third set of this rivetting match? Perhaps, both...
- - NADAL 4-6 5-5 - Though more loose play threatens an exit for the Spaniard, he holds his serve with a successful challenge and some more good stretching of the play to level things once more after ten in the second set.
- - NADAL 4-6 4-5 - Love-service from Nalbandian in majestic fashion, with the exception of some unfortunate disruption from the crowd in the second point which affects Nadal's defence of a forehand. He now finds himself in the same position as the first set: a well-timed break will seal it - and this time, the quarter-final.
- - NADAL 4-6 4-4 - Bullet dodged by the Spaniard after going 30-0 down before taking four straight points to keep this set tight.
- - NADAL 4-6 3-4 - Another wonderfully open game, one which Nadal looks set to potentially steal when he pulls Nalbandian into long rallies to tire the Argentine, only for the energetic approach to open holes in his own game and allow his opponent to hold on for game-30.
- - NADAL 4-6 3-3 - Love-service as Nadal aces and smashes his way to game six. He's building up a head of steam in his overall play after some early shakiness, but will now look for that elusive break of Nalbandian's serve.
- - NADAL 4-6 2-3 - Not yet he can't. Even when Nadal is more reserved in his play, the Argentine remains a fortress with ball in hand and re-takes the slender advantage in the second set.
- - NADAL 4-6 2-2 - More the Nadal we know and love, powering his way to a service game but time will tell if he can translate this presence to Nalbandian's serve.
- - NADAL 4-6 1-2 - Game-15 for Nalbandian, who uses a neat drop-shot to seal the final point. He's doing a good job of using Nadal's urgency against him at the moment, though he may later rue that massive chance of a break in the previous game.
- - NADAL 4-6 1-1 - Arguably the best game of the contest so far, though there have been a few contenders. Epic back-and-forth stuff cuminating in a superlative rally, won by Nalbandian, for an advantage point he could not take advantage of for the break. Nadal fought back and levelled at one apiece.
- - NADAL 4-6 0-1 - Good reaction from the crowd as Nalbandian continues his momentum by holding his serve for the first game of the second set, a lot of appreciation for the underdog's efforts so far.
- - NADAL 4-6 - SET - Ladies and gentlemen, we have a match on here. Nalbandian breaks the serve of Nadal for the first time with crucial timing to clinch the first set. A superlative cross-court hit from the Spaniard preceded three errors before Nalbandian wrapped things up with a majestic wide forehand.
- - NADAL 4-5 - Nalbandian remains solid as a rock in service, becoming the first man in the tournament to score five in a set against Nadal. Second ace picked up in the process.
- - NADAL 4-4 - Nadal quells a minor fightback to make good on the third of three game points. With a change of balls forthcoming, he rushes over to change racquets.
- - NADAL 3-4 - Nalbandian nails his first ace of the contest before the seventh game is sealed amidst further problems with the hawkeye technology. They eventually provide proof that the Spaniard's shot was out, but Nadal remains angry at something.
- - NADAL 3-3 - The Spaniard himself fights off a claw-back attempt by drawing Nalbandian into a pair of protracte rallies and outlasting him for his third service game. Turning into a decent battle thus far.
- - NADAL 2-3 - Nalbandian fluffs his lines at game point to lead to deuce, where though a fantastic low cross-court rescue puts Nadal ahead, that level of racquet control soon disappears allowing the Argentine to escape with his serve intact.
- - NADAL 2-2 - A thumping smash finish to the opening point sets the tone for Nadal's love-service win to claim game four.
- - NADAL 1-2 - Nalbandian's powerful forehand continues to force errors from Nadal, and the Argentine takes the third game as a result.
- - NADAL 1-1 - Rafa serves up a game-15 to get his own service off to a good start, with Nalbandian using up his first challenge unsuccessfully in the process.
- - NADAL 0-1 - The Spaniard's hopes of receiving first to snatch an early break back-fire, as a fitter-looking Nalbandian looks assured en route to game-30.
- - And we are underway!
- - Nadal has won the coin toss and chosen to receive.
- - Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the fourth quarter-final at ATP Indian Wells. It pits Rafa Nadal against David Nalbandian in a rematch of their 2009 classic in the California desert.
|Date of Birth||01/01/1982|
|Date of Birth||03/06/1986|