- The Washington Times - Friday, March 20, 2009

INDIAN WELLS, CALIF. (AP) - No. 1 Rafael Nadal, looking for his second title at Indian Wells in three years, rolled to a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Juan Martin del Potro on Friday to move into the BNP Paribas semifinals.

Nadal will face Andy Roddick, who ousted defending champion Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-2.

A 22-year-old Spaniard who supplanted longtime No. 1 Roger Federer at the top of the rankings last year, Nadal is playing in the desert tournament for the fifth time. He has made it at least to the semifinals each of the past four years and took the title in 2007 with a win over Djokovic.

No. 2 Federer faces No. 4 Andy Murray in Saturday’s other semifinal.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

Friday

At The Indian Wells Tennis Garden

Indian Wells, Calif.

Purse: Men, $4.5 million (Masters 1000); Women, $4.5 million (Premier)

Surface: Hard-Outdoor

Singles

Men

Quarterfinals

Andy Roddick (7), United States, def. Novak Djokovic (3), Serbia, 6-3, 6-2.

Women

Semifinals

Vera Zvonareva (4), Russia def. Victoria Azarenka (8), Belarus, 6-3, 6-3.

Doubles

Women

Semifinals

Gisela Dulko, Argentina, and Shahar Peer, Israel, def. Nuria Llagostera Vives and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (6), Spain, 6-3, 6-3.

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