Nadal battles past Nalbandian, plays Federer in semis

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Rafael Nadal moved into the semis of the Indian Wells Masters as he defeated David Nalbandian 4-6  7-5  6-4.

There were no breaks in the first set until the 10th game, when Nalbandian struck and broke Nadal to take the lead in the match. The Spaniard wasn’t hitting the ball as consistently as earlier in the week and the Argentine pounced like a tiger to take the opportunity.

Nalbandian was all fired up for the second set and he had a massive opportunity to take Nadal’s serve in the second game, but couldn’t convert the break point and the Spaniard held his serve. The Argentine got once more close to breaking Nadal when 4-3 and 30-0 up and then again at 5-4, but the world no.2 maintained his cool and managed to stay in the match. The turning point came right after that, when the Spaniard broke the Argentine for the first time in the match and sealed the set with his own serve.

The third set started well for Nadal, as he went up a break at the very beginning. Nalbandian had to fight hard to stay in the match and he dis so successfully until the 7th game, but then he lost his serve again. Although he broke back, Rafa held his serve for 6-4 and punched his fist in celebration.

Nadal will face Roger Federer in the semifinals, who beat Argentine Del Potro 6-3  6-2.


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