Nadal thrashes Federer at Indian Wells

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    Any doubts about whether Rafael Nadal is back to his best were annihilated when he trounced long-time rival Roger Federer 6-4, 6-2 in one hour, 24 minutes in their quarter-final at the Paribas Open at Indian Wells, California.

    It was Nadal’s 19th victory in 29 matches against the Swiss maestro.

    Games went with serve until 3-3 in the first set, when Nadal secured a break and held on to take it 6-4.

    He then bolted out of the blocks in the second, breaking Federer in the first and again in the third games to race to a 3-0 lead.

    Federer managed to snatch back one break at 3-1 but Nadal’s momentum was compelling, and he ran out the set 6-2, completing the straight sets win.

    Nadal’s future in the game looked shaky in 2012 when he was sidelined for eight months major knee tendonitis after his second-round Wimbledon loss.

    He was concerned of how the unforgiving hard courts in the Californian desert resort town might impact on his comeback and his ability to be at his best for his beloved clay court tournaments of Monte Carlo and Roland Garros.

    His thrashing of Federer shows his ball striking and match play is as good as ever but it is whether he can remain injury-free on the gruelling clay courts will determine whether he will add to his record haul of French Open titles in early June.

    Nadal will now play Thomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in the semi-final, who is yet to drop a set in this tournament.

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    • March 15th 2013 @ 11:55pm
      Andy Murray said | March 15th 2013 @ 11:55pm | ! Report

      I bet we have all the Federer worshippers coming out again now about how this match doesn’t count….19 out of 29 is compelling…imagine if he’d (Nadal) not been injured through 08/09…the major tallies would be very similar.

    • March 16th 2013 @ 12:33am
      Johnno said | March 16th 2013 @ 12:33am | ! Report

      All those knockers who have a go at me for saying Nadal is better than Federer, well another example of his winning record over Federer, and Nadal has just comeback from a near career ending injury.

      The every player has a bogeyman is just a lame excuse. Check all the head to head stats, Nadal basically leads over Federer. Nadal’s been kicking Federer’s on the tennis court, since he was a teenager, and another win now. to add to the statistics.

    • March 16th 2013 @ 7:09am
      Blendo said | March 16th 2013 @ 7:09am | ! Report

      So impressive. Definitely pumped to see Raffa back looking healthy. Don’t think he’s going to have a long, winding career due to his style of play, but hope to see some elite tennis for another stretch from him.

    • March 16th 2013 @ 10:12am
      Frankie Hughes said | March 16th 2013 @ 10:12am | ! Report

      Tennis has really been missing the Spanish Matador.

      His aggression and will to win is second to none

      I can’t wait for the French Open.

      Nadal to win a historic 8th French Open? Who would bet against it?

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