Federer and Nadal ease through at Indian Wells

Updated: March 12, 2012

Two times champion Rafa Nadal and triple winner Roger Federer cruised into the third round of the Indian Wells ATP tournament with top class victories on Sunday.

Spaniard Nadal ruthlessly dealt with Argentine Leonardo Mayer 6-1 6-3 before Swiss maestro Federer eased past American wildcard Denis Kudla 6-4 6-1 in the evening session at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in California .

In other matches, fifth-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer crushed Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-2 6-2, David Nalbandian of Argentina battled past Croat Marin Cilic 7-6 7-6 and Serb Janko Tipsarevic beat Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 6-4 6-2.

Sixth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga advanced when fellow Frenchman Michael Llodra retired hurt because of a knee injury when trailing 4-1.

The big-serving Tsonga will next face Czech Radek Stepanek, who crushed Belgium’s Xavier Malisse 6-2 6-1.

Granollers had earlier booked his place in the third round with a 6-3 2-6 6-3 win against Germany’s Tommy Haas.

In the ladies draw top seed Victoria Azarenka charged ominously into the fourth round of the Indian Wells WTA tournament on Sunday while third-seeded Petra Kvitova made an unexpected early exit.

Belarusian world No 1 Azarenka crushed Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1 6-2, improving her record to 19-0 this year, but Kvitova was ousted 2-6 6-2 6-3 by American teenager Christina McHale.

Azarenka, who clinched her first grand slam crown at the Australian Open in January, will next meet Germany’s Julia Goerges, a 6-3 6-4 winner against Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues.

In other matches, fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland eased past Italy’s Flavia Pennetta 6-4 6-2 while Czech Klara Zakopalova was gifted a spot in the fourth round when Russian Vera Zvonareva became the latest victim of a viral infection affecting the tournament.

French Open champion Li Na beat fellow Chinese Zheng Jie 6-1 6-3, her first victory over her compatriot in five career meetings.