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Nadal beats Federer 6-4, 6-2 at Indian Wells

Updated: March 15, 2013, 12:38 AM ET
Associated Press

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Rafael Nadal defeated error-prone Roger Federer 6-4, 6-2 in the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday night in the earliest meeting between the two rivals since they first played each other in 2004.

Nadal needed barely 1½ hours to close out the defending champion in their 29th career meeting and the first in a quarterfinal. Nadal faced just two break points on his serve in the match.

Nadal and Federer usually don't play each other until the ...

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