Posted March 11, 2013 on AP on Fox
Rafael Nadal ended the run of Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis with a 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 victory in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday. Nadal advanced to a quarterfinals matchup against defending champion Roger Federer, who survived a three-set marathon of his own to beat 18th-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka, 6-3, 6-7 (4), 7-5. Maria Sharapova and top-ranked Novak Djokovic had yet to play their night matches after all four of the preceding matches on the main stadium court went three sets. Gulbis was on a 13-match winning streak, having made his way through the qualifying rounds at Delray Beach, Florida, where he won the title, and at Indian Wells, where he won three main-draw matches, including two over seeded players. He was playing his 14th match in 19 days, and has yet to beat Nadal in five attempts. Nadal earned the only break of the third set to go up 6-5, then closed out the win on his third match point. He leapt in the air, tore off his headband and pumped his l...
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