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Nadal and Sharapova tumble, Federer and Murray through
Defending Champions Rafa Nadal and Maria Sharapova both tumbled out on a stunning day of upsets at Indian Wells.
World number 1 Rafa Nadal, wont be adding to his 3 titles at Indian Wells this season when he was beaten in spectacular fashion by Ukrainian number 31 seed Alexdr Dolgopolov, 6/3, 3/6, 7/6. It was the first win for Dolgopolov over the Spaniard and if there is any consolation for Nadal, it is the fact that he will have an extra week to prepare for the Miami Masters beginning next week, an event he has yet to win.
Next up for the Ukrainian will be Fabio Fognini who defeated Gael Monfils 6/2, 3/6, 7/5 in a tough 3 setter.
Roger Federer continued to build momentum when he defeated an impressive Dmitry Tursunov in 2 sets. The Russian forced Federer to win his 8th consecutive match by needing 2 tiebreaks.
2009 Indian Wells finalist and Wimbledon Champion Andy Murry had to dig deep as he lost the first set 6/7 to Czech Jiri Vesely. Despite an error ridden performance Murray went on to collect the last 2 sets 6/4, 6/4.
Australian Open Champion Stan Wawrinka was in ruthless form against Andreas Seppi conceding only 2 games in a straight sets win while there were also wins for Milos Raonic and Kevin Anderson.
The ladies action also sent a buzz around the tournament as the defending champion Maria Sharapova joined 2012 champion Victoria Azarenka on the scrapheap as she was stunned by Italian Camila Giorgi, 6/3, 4/6, 7/5.
This sets up Li Na to lift her third title from four in 2014, the Chinese star easing past Karolina Pliskova 6/3, 6/4, improving her 2014 record to 15-1.
Flavia Pennetta, Petra Kvitova and Dominika Cibulkova were the other seeds to advance while rising American star Sloane Stephens ousted number 11 seed Ana Ivanovic 7/6, 6/4, much to the delight of the home fans.