Nadal, Federer, join Murray in Indian Wells quarters

Wed Mar 18, 2015 10:02pm EDT
 
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INDIAN WELLS, California (Reuters) - Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal advanced to the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday, joining Britain's Andy Murray in the last eight, though Japan's Kei Nishikori crashed out.

Federer dispatched American Jack Sock in a 6-3 6-2 victory while Nadal beat Gilles Simon 6-2 6-4.

Nadal captured his opening set quite easily, but fell behind 2-0 in the second set before rebounding with an accurate serve to beat Simon for the seventh time in eight meetings.

"After playing a bad game with my serve I was able to be completely focused and mentally ready to be back and ready for the next game," Nadal told reporters.

"I was there mentally waiting for the opportunity. Lucky I played a good few points in that game to have the break back."

Murray reached the quarter-finals with a landmark win over Adrian Mannarino, while Spain's Feliciano Lopez upset fifth-ranked Nishikori.

Murray's 6-3 6-3 victory over Frenchman Adrian Mannarino put him level with Tim Henman as Britain's most successful men's player in the Open era on 496 singles victories.

"I thought I played well. It was a tricky match," said Murray, who added that his 38th-ranked opponent's low crosscourt backhand and short, flat forehand can be deceptive. "I thought I did a good job against a tough opponent."

Murray will next face 33-year-old Lopez, who has reached his top ranking of 12th in the world.   Continued...

 
Mar 18, 2015; Indian Wells, CA, USA;   Rafael Nadal (ESP) during his match against Gilles Simon (FRA) in the BNP Paribas open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Nadal won 6-2, 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports