Indian Wells (California): Somdev Devvarman defeated Belgian Xavier Malisse 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (5) to set up a pre-quarterfinal encounter with World No 1 Rafael Nadal at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

India’s ace tennis player, Somdev, who is played his third main draw here, was down 2-5 in the tie break when he reeled off five points to win the hard-fought match on Monday at the tournament in two hours. 

The 26-year-old India No. 1, ranked 84, who had never won a Masters 1000 match before coming here, beat Frenchman Adrian Mannarino and then upset 19th seed and World No 22 Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus in the first two rounds.  

Nadal outplayed American qualifier Ryan Sweeting, 6-3, 6-1, in 68 minutes. This is the second time the Spaniard defeated the 22-year-old American this season, having beaten him at the Australian Open in January.    

(Agencies)