Nadal, V. Wil­liams win at In­dian Wells

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

Rafael Nadal de­feated Fer­nando Ver­dasco 6-3, 7-5 in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open for his 50th ca­reer vic­tory at In­dian Wells, Calif. Roger Fed­erer edged Steve John­son 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4) to set up a fourth-round match with Nadal.

Venus Wil­liams ad­vanced to the quar­ter­fi­nals for the first time since 2001 with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 vic­tory over Shuai Peng.

In other women’s matches, No. 3 seed Karolina Pliskova ad­vanced when 15th-seeded Timea Bac­sin­szky re­tired trail­ing 5-1 in the first set.

On the men’s side, No. 4 seed Kei Nishikori routed 25th-seeded Gilles Muller 6-2, 6-2.

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