Ferrer out but all's Wells for Federer and Nadal
FIFTH-SEEDED Spaniard David Ferrer was ousted from the Indian Wells ATP tournament yesterday as Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer moved into the fourth round.
Ferrer was upset 6-4 6-3 by Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin, Nadal swept past fellow Spaniard Marcel Granollers 6-1 6-4, and Federer survived an early storm from Milos Raonic before completing a 6-7 6-2 6-4 victory.
Second seed Nadal, Indian Wells champion in 2007 and 2009, dominated Granollers with his superb baseline game but lost momentum in the second set before triumphing in one hour 25 minutes.
Federer will next face Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci, who benefited from a walkover when Russian Nikolay Davydenko withdrew with illness.
Big-serving Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina survived a shaky second set to beat Spanish left-hander Fernando Verdasco 6-2 7-6 in the first match of the day.
Women's world number one Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova stayed on track for a mouth-watering showdown in the final while defending champion Caroline Wozniacki was beaten by Ana Ivanovic.
Top-seeded Belarusian Azarenka eased into the last eight with a ruthless 6-3 6-1 demolition of Germany's Julia Goerges, she will next face fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland.
Sharapova swept past Italian Roberta Vinci 6-2 6-1.