Indian Wells: Rafael Nadal survived his strongest challenge yet at the BNP Paribas Open, beating qualifier Somdev Devvarman 7-5, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals. (In pics)
The world's top-ranked player dominated his first two matches, dropping just six games while winning in straight sets. But he was challenged from the start by Devvarman, the first Indian ever to reach the fourth round at Indian Wells.
Somdev's zealous approach to the game and earned him a standing ovation from the Indian Wells crowd. Somdev enjoyed facing the Spaniard which was evident from his twee after the game which said "I definitely had a blast out there playing the #1 player in the world in front of 16000 people!Sick experience! Loved it! Hope I get better!"