PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal reaches Indian Wells quarterfinals in straight sets

Rafael Nadal defeated qualifier Filip Krajinovic 6-3, 6-4 on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open.

Rafa remains on track for a potential semifinal against five-time champion Roger Federer in the bottom half of the draw. The top half was rocked by the upsets of top-ranked Novak Djokovic and No. 3 seed Alexander Zverev.

“The difference between players is not huge. It’s small gaps,” Rafa said about the upsets. “Is true that for the last 10 years didn’t happen very often.”

Krajinovic hadn’t dropped a set in winning his first three main-draw matches after two wins in qualifying to get into the $8.3 million event. But he couldn’t overcome Rafa, who lost his serve just once in the 1 1/2-hour match in sunny and windy conditions.

“Probably played a little bit worse today than yesterday,” Rafa said. “Maybe because of the conditions.”

Next up for Rafa is the winner of a fourth-round match between John Isner and Karen Khachanov.

Source: AP

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  1. VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) YOU ALWAYS MAKE THE RIGHT, MOST SENSIBLE CALLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) ENJOY A BEAUTIFUL BREAK AND FEEL THE AWESOME SUCCESS AND GRACE THAT YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED ON HARD COURT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) IT IS A LOT OF FUN WATCHING YOUR REPLAYS AND SEEING THE TOWER OF TENNIS STRENGTH THAT YOU ARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) GOD BLESS YOU SWEETHEART AND ENJOY EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) WE LOVE YOU AND SENDING LOTS OF LOVE AND HAPPINESS TO YOU AND YOUR PRECIOUS TEAM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) HAVE A BEAUTIFUL TIME AND KEEP YOUR GOOD NATURE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

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  2. Yes, I’m disappointed as are so many of your fans; however, rest rest rest and we will be even more hungry for your return. Going forward I will treasure each time you take the court knowing this might be sayonara to the sport you love as a player…certainly hope not.

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  3. Dear Rafa, I saw your presser. I felt your disappointment and know how upset you must be. I think you said you would be playing next at Monte Carlo. Well I will be watching and praying that you are totally pain free and healthy to play the entire clay court season. Good luck to you. You are probably the most genuine, most sincere tennis player I’ve had good fortune to love and route for. I rarely watch unless I know you will be playing. You are and always will be my fav. God bless you Rafa. And the best of luck. Love, Marylynn

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  4. Rafa retires from semi final match due to knee injury… So sad… His body is talking to him …
    Let’s see if he pulls out of Miami.. Wouldn’t surprise me… He needs to rest …

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  5. Rafa has withdrawn from the semis but no actual news so far. Updating news is very slow here and also on atp news.

    Just hope he takes rest even if a long break but does not retire yet. Sounds selfish but …….

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  6. OLA OLA OLA OLA OLA OLA OLA & VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) GOOD MORNING!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) IT IS A BEAUTIFUL EARLY SPRING MORNING AND A GREAT TIME FOR PLAYING YOUR BLESSED PRECIOUS TENNIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) CALIFORNIA AGREES WITH YOUR BODY AND STYLE AND THERE IS GREAT LOVE AND ADMIRATION FOR YOUR OUTSTANDING PARTICIPATION AND FEISTY VICTORIES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) CONGRATULATIONS FOR ALL YOUR SUCCESS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) YOU HAVE THE BLESSED TOOLS, THE RIGHT FIGHTING SPIRIT AND THE RIGHT GORGEOUS POWER TO KEEP YOUR BEAUTIFUL TENNIS AND YOUR STRENGTH UP FRONT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) THE GREAT NEWS IS THAT IT MAKES ZERO DIFFERENCE WHO YOU PLAY, AND THE WAY YOUR STRIDE AND DRIVE ARE FILLED WITH PASSIONATE ENERGY, THAT’S WHAT MAKES YOU SO POWERFUL AND SPECIAL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN MANY YOUNG AND TALENTED OPPONENTS AND YOU STOOD POWERFUL, DETERMINED AND PROUD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) YOU TOOK THEM ALL WITH FIGHTING AND WITH YOUR GOD GIVEN STRENGTH AND BRILLIANT TENNIS ABILITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) IT IS ADMIRABLY HARD WORK AND YOUR WORTH WHILE ON GOING BRILLIANT EFFORTS ARE MUCH APPRECIATED AND LOVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VERY HAPPY FOR YOU DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 ENJOY EVERYTHING AND KEEP SMILING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) ANY WIN, EASY OR RUFF, IS A BLESSED VICTORY AND YOU DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) YOUR BRILLIANT EMOTIONAL MATCHES ARE PRECIOUS AND VERY INSPIRING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) YOU MAKE EVERYTHING ON COURT SO HUMAN AND SO PRECIOUS THAT WE CAN ALL RELATE TO THE STRENGTH AND WINS AND STRUGGLE AND RELEASE, AND WE LOVE YOU FOR THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) WITNESSING YOUR FOCUS AND YOUR WAY OF PROCESSING EVERYTHING DURING A MATCH IS A GREAT GIFT AND WHAT MAKES YOUR MATCHES EXTRAORDINARY, BEAUTIFUL, AND HIGHLY RESPECTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) THAT’S WHAT ATTRACTS MILLIONS OF TENNIS FANS AND HUGE MASSIVE CROWDS EVERYWHERE TO YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) YOU ARE THE REAL DEAL RAFA NADAL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) ; ) : ) : ) : ) HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY AND ENJOY YOUR MATCH IT WILL BE A GREAT MATCH FOR YOU SENIOR CHAMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) WE LOVE YOU AND SENDING LOTS OF LOVE & HAPPINESS AND VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOX

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  7. Rafa said that the injury he sustained during his match against Khachanov was due to the hard courts. He felt the injury coming on early in the first set and it got worse as the match wore on. The fact that his opponent made him run down a lot of bals cetainly didn’t help.
    I’m just wondering, in this high tech age, why can’t there be special shoes which can absorb the impact more but offer the maximum mobility? I am being naive in asking this?

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    • Hi Lorna. It may have something to do with equipment enhancing your game and giving an unfair advantage.

      Or maybe the technology is just not there yet, and there will be certain trade-offs like a reduction in explosive power or something like that.

      Anyway, enjoy the match and I hope our champ gives it his best!!

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  8. Congratulations Rafa. I’m happy of today ‘s result.But I worry about your right knee.I want to play on your best though.Take care and do your best.

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  9. Love you Rafa. So sorry you’re having pain and discomfort. I hope you awaken pain free and okay to play your very best tennis. I feel you should skip Miami even if your knee isn’t hurting. Best of everything to you Rafa. I hope you make it all the way at IW and bite the trophy. God bless you. Love, Marylynn

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    • You played like a fierce warrior against K. We are so proud, and support the decision of you and your team. Greedy ticket sellers are salivating. No. 1 priority-your health. Such a privilege to see you on court in IW. All the best, Rafael💪🤛👍👏🍀❤️

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