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Defending champs Nadal and Sharapova eliminated at Indian Wells

Los Angeles, Mar 11 (EFE).- Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov eliminated defending champion and world No. 1 Rafael Nadal of Spain 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. "When you are pushed to the limit, these things happen. You can lose. I lost today. Congratulations (to Dolgopolov). He played better than me. That's it. Life continues," Nadal said in his post-match press conference on Monday night. Nadal had not lost in the California desert since 2004, when he made his debut at Indian Wells.

Defending champs Nadal and Sharapova eliminated at Indian Wells

Los Angeles, Mar 11 (EFE).- Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov eliminated defending champion and world No. 1 Rafael Nadal of Spain 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. "When you are pushed to the limit, these things happen. You can lose. I lost today. Congratulations (to Dolgopolov). He played better than me. That's it. Life continues," Nadal said in his post-match press conference on Monday night. Nadal had not lost in the California desert since 2004, when he made his debut at Indian Wells.

Tennis: WTA lukewarm over new tennis league

The Women's Tennis Association offered only lukewarm support for the new International Premier Tennis League on Tuesday, with some details still sketchy even after the player draft. Melissa Pine, the WTA's Asia-Pacific vice-president and tournament director of this year's WTA Championships in Singapore, also raised concerns over possible player burn-out related to the new "exhibition" event.

Nadal and Sharapova beaten at Indian Wells

(Reuters) - Rafa Nadal and Maria Sharapova were both knocked out of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Monday after stunning upsets at one of the world's biggest tournaments outside the four grand slams. Nadal was sent packing by Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-5) after Sharapova fell to Italian qualifier Camila Giorgi 6-3 4-6 7-5 as last year's men's and women's singles champions both crashed out.

Tennis: Dolgopolov stuns Nadal at Indian Wells

Alexandr Dolgopolov toppled world number one and defending champion Rafael Nadal 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5) Monday in the third round of the Indian Wells ATP Masters. Ukraine's Dolgopolov, ranked 31st in the world and seeded 28th in the first Masters tournament of the year, notched his first victory over the Spanish superstar after five prior defeats. The most recent of those was in the claycourt final at Rio de Janeiro two weeks ago. Nadal had reached the semi-finals at Indian Wells every year since 2006, winning the title in 2007, 2009 and last year.

Tennis: Dolgopolov stuns Nadal at Indian Wells

Alexandr Dolgopolov toppled world number one and defending champion Rafael Nadal 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5) Monday in the third round of the Indian Wells ATP Masters. Ukraine's Dolgopolov, ranked 31st in the world and seeded 28th in the first Masters tournament of the year, notched his first victory over the Spanish superstar after five prior defeats. The most recent of those was in the claycourt final at Rio de Janeiro two weeks ago. Dolgopolov next faces Italy's Fabio Fognini, a 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 winner over France's Gael Monfils. bb/gph

Tennis: Dolgopolov stuns Nadal at Indian Wells

Alexandr Dolgopolov toppled world number one and defending champion Rafael Nadal 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5) Monday in the third round of the Indian Wells ATP Masters. Ukraine's Dolgopolov, ranked 31st in the world and seeded 28th in the first Masters tournament of the year, notched his first victory over the Spanish superstar after five prior defeats. The most recent of those was in the claycourt final at Rio de Janeiro two weeks ago. Dolgopolov next faces Italy's Fabio Fognini, a 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 winner over France's Gael Monfils.

Nadal grinds out a win in Indian Wells

International Sports Desk, Mar 9 (EFE).- Spanish world No. 1 Rafael Nadal beat the Czech Republic's Radek Stepanek 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 in his opening match at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. "Tough one. Anything can happen, but in the end I played well," Nadal said. The 35-year-old Stepanek forced the defending champion to dig in and step up his game in the second set.

Tennis: Nadal battles into Indian Wells third round

World number one and defending champion Rafael Nadal held off determined Radek Stepanek 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 on Saturday to reach the third round of the Indian Wells ATP Masters. Nadal, who had won all six of his prior encounters with the talented Czech, appeared to have gained control of this one when he won the second set with a single service break and broke again to open the third set.

Tennis: Nadal battles into Indian Wells third round

Rafael Nadal's Indian Wells title defence got off to a rocky start on Saturday, as the world number one was forced to rally for a three-set victory over Radek Stepanek. Nadal needed nearly two and a half hours to get past the talented Czech 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, eight double faults doing little to help his cause in the second-round clash. Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, the fifth seed, fought back from a set down against another Czech, subduing Lukas Rosol 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
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