Nadal breezes into quar­ters; 2 teens ad­vance

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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.

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