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Nadal and Roddick Advance to the Semis in Indian Wells

[nadal_indianwells_6.jpg]The men’s draw for the ATP BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells has shaped up quite nicely, as there will be two blockbuster semifinals that will be played tomorrow.

The first of the two matches will be 4th seeded Andy Murray against 2nd seeded Roger Federer. Federer played well in the quarters against Fernando Verdasco, but Murray has been very solid during this tournament. Furthermore, he has a 5-2 record over Federer and has won their last three meetings, all of which were played on hard courts. Federer can produce greatness in any given match, but I believe that Murray will win a close match in three sets. (More about Federer and Murray’s quarterfinal wins can be found here)

The second of the semifinal matches will be between 7th seeded Andy Roddick and the number one player in the world, Rafael Nadal. Both Roddick and Nadal played well in their quarterfinal matches. Roddick easily disposed of 3rd seeded Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-2. Djokovic was the defending champion in Indian Wells and he had not dropped a set in the tournament until Roddick blew him off of the court. Rafael Nadal controlled his match against Juan Martin Del Potro from the beginning and even though Del Potro had moments of greatness, Nadal never allowed him to gain an advantage in the match. It was a sloppy match by both of their standards, but Nadal dominated Del Potro from the beginning and he defeated him 6-2,6-4. Nadal owns a 4-2 record over Roddick, though it is Roddick who has won two of their three meetings on hard courts. This match will be close, but Nadal showed in his match against Nalbandian that he has the ability to raise his game when the pressure is on. Therefore, I believe Nadal to defeat Roddick in straight sets.

(Photo via Down the Line! via getty)

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