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

Friday - 3/15/2013, 2:32pm  ET

Rafael Nadal, of Spain, returns a shot to Roger Federer, of Switzerland, during their match at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, Thursday, March 14, 2013, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) -- Lured by the anticipation of another duel between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, fans packed the main stadium at the BNP Paribas Open on a sultry evening in the desert.

After all, it was the first time in ATP Tour history that two players with 28 Grand Slam titles between them were meeting up.

What resulted, however, wasn't vintage Nadal vs. Federer.

With Nadal recovering from a left knee injury that knocked him out for seven months and Federer nursing a delicate back, they produced something less than classic Thursday night.

Capitalizing on Federer's errors, Nadal won their quarterfinal 6-4, 6-2 in the earliest meeting between the rivals since they first played each other in 2004.

"I played a fantastic first set," Nadal said. "The second set was strange. Roger didn't fight as usual. Probably he had some problems and he didn't feel enough comfortable to keep fighting."

Nadal needed barely 1
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