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LIVE Alexandr Dolgopolov vs Rafael Nadal Indian wells CA 2012 R16

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A Dolgopolov was not in top form as he committed errors throughout the match and was unable to put Nadal under notable pressure. Nadal shot winners with confidence as he clubbed his kick serves with deep forehands and tactical backhands. Nadal served 3 aces, got 65% first serves in and crafted 12 winners to win the match 6-3, 6-2

A Dolgopolov : 3, 2   Nadal:6, 6

Dolgopolov approaches for a respectable finish in the match as he picks up his second service game of the set to take the scoreline to 2-5. Nadal, on the other hand, is more than ready to serve out the match now.

A Dolgopolov : 3, 2   Nadal:6, 5
A Dolgopolov : 3, 1   Nadal:6, 5

A double break now ensures Nadal's place in the last eight of the event. After winning his 10th Grand Slam title at Roland Garros last June, Nadal went on a receiving end, losing a series of finals to Novak Djokovic including the last three majors, Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open.

A Dolgopolov : 3, 1   Nadal:6, 4

Rafael Nadal makes no mistakes and caps another love service game to consolidate the break of serve at 3-1. Nadal is hoping to join Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open.

A Dolgopolov : 3, 1   Nadal:6, 3

And there is the tone-setting break. With a set and now break in hand, Rafael Nadal is well on his way to a comfortable victory with just a few more games to go.

A Dolgopolov : 3, 1   Nadal:6, 2

Nadal maintains the edge in the match and holds on to his serve comfortably to level tings up carefully in the second set at 1-1. The mighty-Mallorcan is chasing his first title since his last triumph in Paris at French Open.

A Dolgopolov : 3, 1   Nadal:6, 1

Dolgopolov puts behind the bad memories of the first set and makes a fresh start to the second with a confident service hold. Dolgopolov is seeking his second ATP World Tour final after finishing runner up to Andy Murray in Brisbane.

Set - 2
A Dolgopolov : 3, 1   Nadal:6, 0

So after 43 minutes of scintillating tennis, Rafael Nadal wins the first set 6-3. The Spaniard hit just 7 winners to a surprising 14 from Dolgopolov, but also capitalized on the 16 unforced errors committed by the Ukrainian star to seal the set comfortably. Nadal is seeking his third BNP Paribas Open title after his first two wins here in 2007 and 2009.

A Dolgopolov : 3   Nadal:6

Dolgopolov refuses to go down so easily in the match and survives another tough game to hold serve for 3-5 scoreline. Dolgopolov's only title win on ATP World Tour came in Umag last year.

A Dolgopolov : 3   Nadal:5

Nadal on a roll...! The 10 time Grand Slam champion snaps another love service game to lead the first set 5-2. Nadal's seventh consecutive loss to Novak Djokovic served as an alarm to an otherwise impressive career of this Spanish superstar, whose last title win on hard courts came in Tokyo, back in 2010.

A Dolgopolov : 2   Nadal:5

Dolgopolov comes up with some fine serves at the right moments and saves a break point at 30-40 to hold serve and get the scoreline to 2-4 in the first set. Both Nadal and Dolgopolov have met twice before with the Spaniard winning both encounters handily.

A Dolgopolov : 2   Nadal:4

Nadal in cruise control of the first set. Even though, the lead is of single break, the Spaniard looks in a real rush as he snaps another easy service game to lead 4-1 now. Nadal is currently ranked No.2 in the world behind and ahead of arch rivals, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer respectively.

A Dolgopolov : 1   Nadal:4

Dolgopolov finally gets on board with a service hold. The Ukrainian star is currently ranked No.21 in the world and has 1 ATP singles title to his name.

A Dolgopolov : 1   Nadal:3

Nadal wastes no time i racing to a formidable 3-0 opening set lead. After losing his seventh straight final to arch nemesis Novak Djokovic, the Spaniard is hoping for a turn around here in Indian Wells, where he lifted the winner's trophy back in 2009.

A Dolgopolov : 0   Nadal:3

Rafael Nadal makes an excellent start against the ever-dangerous Alexandr Dolgopolov and breaks the Ukrainian star's serve to get a quick 2-0 lead in the opening set. Nadal is seeking his first title of the year.

A Dolgopolov : 0   Nadal:2

2007 and 2009 champion Rafael Nadal gets on board with a fabulous service hold. The Spaniard is seeking his first singles title since his victory at the French Open last year.

Set - 1
A Dolgopolov : 0   Nadal:1
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