Rafael Nadal advances on walkover at Indian Wells

Mayer's sudden withdrawal left Nadal feeling a little flat, but the Spaniard was quite animated when describing the earthquake, which originated from an epicentre just 30 miles (50 km) from Indian Wells.

updated: March 12, 2013 09:41 IST
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Indian Wells, California: 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.

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  • Mahesh Bhupathi
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  • Andy Murray