Nadal beats Federer, secures berth in Indian Wells semis

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Updated: March 15, 2013

In a blockbuster matchup, fifth seed
Rafael Nadal topped reigning champion and four-time winner Roger Federer to
earn a berth in the semifinals at the $4.33 million BNP Paribas Open.

Nadal broke the second-seeded Federer’s serve four times in a 6-4, 6-2 triumph
on the hardcourts at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Nadal, the Indian Wells winner in 2007 and 2009, improved to 19-10 against
Federer. Thursday’s quarterfinal bout was the first between the decorated
players since Federer prevailed in straight sets in the semifinals at this
event last year.

Up next for Nadal will be Tomas Berdych after the sixth seed bested South
Africa’s Kevin Anderson, 6-4, 6-4.

Berdych became the first Czech Republic native to reach the semifinals at this
tournament since Bohdan Ulirach advanced to the final in 1997.

Nadal owns a commanding 12-3 advantage in the career series with Berdych, who
has lost 11 straight matches to the Spaniard.

The 2013 Indian Wells champ will collect $1 million.