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Haas and Nalbandian advance to Quarterfinals at the Pacific Life Open
Tommy Haas - GER
David Nalbandian - ARG
Story by Matt Osias
FEDERER SPOILS LJUBICIC
No. 1 Roger Federer respectfully dismantled the 29-yearr-old
Croatian Ivan Ljubicic in just over an hour 6-3, 6-4, vaulting
him into the quarterfinals at Indian Wells.
Federer was able to break the big-serving Ljubicic three times
to continue his winning ways without dropping a set.
"I really felt good and thought I moved extremely well," Federer
said. "He is a tough player and to break him three times is a
Rafael Nadal - ESP
Life Open Photos by Adam Davis
NADAL ACES TEST
No 2 seed Rafael Nadal needed better than 3 hours to eliminate
the resilient Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-7(4), 7-6(3), 7-5.
Displaying why he is one of the most feared tennis stars out
there, Nadal found a way to fight back down a set and grab the
match-changing break to allow him to serve out the match.
"I always try to fight every point. I was a little bit lucky
because losing 5-2 in the third – especially against big server
like Tsonga – the normal thing is to lose 6-3," Nadal said. "It
was so important for me to have this victory. A victory like
this is always special and gives me confidence. I will be
No. 8 seed American hard-hitter James Blake secured his spot in
the quarterfinals after beating France's No. 8 seed Richard
Gasquet 6-4, 6-2.
Waiting for him is none other than Nadal, which Blake holds a
perfect 3-0 career record against him, citing his ability to
play against left handed players as a positive.
"I've had a lot of success against lefties in general," Blake
said. "I think I return their serves pretty well and get on them
pretty quickly. Hopefully it will continue."
Also, American Mardy Fish knocked out two-time Indian Wells
champ Lleyton Hewitt of Australia, 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(4), in a match
that lasted nearly 2 1/2 hours.
No. 3 Novak Djokovic advanced with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over
Argentine Guillermo Canas, whom last year stunned Roger Federer
in the second round.
Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka overcame South Korea's Lee
Hyung-taik6-1, 5-7 and 6-4.
Germany's Tommy Haas came from a set down to upset 11th-seeded
Briton Andy Murray 2-6, 7-5 and 6-3 and Argentina's David
Nalbandian, the seventh seed, brushed aside Spaniard Juan Carlos
Ferrero 6-2 and 6-2.
SHARAPOVA BEATS LAST YEARS CHAMP
Russian No. 4 seed Maria Sharapova stormed into the
quarterfinals after defeating Daniela Hantuchova 7-6(2), 6-1.
Sharapova lost her first three service games, giving Hantuchova
a 5-2 first set advantage, but rallied back to win the first set
in a tie break.
"In the first set I was playing like I didn't even belong on
that court," Sharapova said. "I finally got my groove back, and
it just felt like I finally belonged out there. To be honest,
she did everything better than I did in the first set, and
somehow I ended up winning it, and that gave me the confidence.
And in the end of that set I started to pick it up…but the
second set was great."
Sharapova is now an amazing 18-0 to start the 2008 season,
however the loss is Hantuchova's first in the last 9 matches
here at Indian Wells
"Obviously I feel like it's my tournament, so I'm very
disappointed. Hantuchova said. "But I feel good about my game
right now and am happy to have come back and played well after
Sharapova will next face fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, who
won 6-2, 6-4 over Polish No. 10 seed Agnieszka Radwanska.
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of the 2008 Pacific Life Open.
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