Nadal breezes into quarters; 2 teens advance
Rafael Nadal advanced to the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., defeating qualifier Filip Krajinovic 6-3, 6-4.
Nadal lost his serve just once in the 1 1⁄ -hour 2 match on a sunny and windy Wednesday, a day after upsets rattled the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka, the world’s top-ranked players, lost in straight sets. Krajinovic hadn’t dropped a set in winning his first three main-draw matches after two wins in qualifying to get into the $8.3 million event.
Meanwhile, a couple of teenagers are shaking things up.
Miomir Kecmanovic, a 19-year-old Serb ranked 130th in the world, advanced when Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan retired after losing the first set 6-4. Nishioka sought treatment on the court before calling it quits. Kecmanovic became the first lucky loser to reach the quarterfinals since the tournament achieved Masters 1000 status in 1990.
Alaska Native Kaiser wins Iditarod: Pete Kaiser won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, throwing his arms over his head and pumping his fists as he became the latest Alaska Native to claim victory in the iconic competition. Kaiser, 31, crossed the finish line in Nome after beating back a challenge from the defending champion, Norwegian musher Joar Ulsom. Ulsom was about 40 minutes behind Kaiser and made up ground in the final 77 miles to Nome but couldn’t overtake him.