Agence France-PresseMarch 11, 2013 18:00
A 4.7 earthquake that shook the California desert proved the most exciting moment of Rafael Nadal's Monday morning as he advanced to the fourth round at Indian Wells on a walkover.
The former world No. 1, playing his fourth tournament since returning last month from a seven-month injury absence, was preparing to take to the court when he learned third-round opponent Leonardo Mayer of Argentina had pulled out with a bad back.
"That's bad news, especially for the fans and for Mayer," said Nadal, who was applying tape to his fingers in preparation for the match when he heard.