Nadal advances at Indian Wells

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Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates defeating Gilles Muller of Luxembourg during day seven of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Sunday (Monday in Manila) in Indian Wells, California. AFP PHOTO

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates defeating Gilles Muller of Luxembourg during day seven of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Sunday (Monday in Manila) in Indian Wells, California. AFP PHOTO

INDIAN WELLS, United States: World number five Rafael Nadal subdued Gilles Muller 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 in the second round at Indian Wells on Sunday, overcoming swirling winds on the main stadium court.

Nadal, the former three-time Indian Wells champion, moves on to face fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in the third round of the hardcourt tournament, one of the biggest events on the ATP Tour calendar outside of the four Grand Slams.

The draw sets up a possible semi-final showdown between Novak Djokovic and Nadal. They’re nearly even in their 47 head-to-head meetings, with Djokovic owning a 24-23 edge. AFP

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