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Roger Federer - Rafael Nadal
Indian Wells Masters - 17 March 2012

Indian Wells – Follow the Tennis match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal live with Eurosport. The match starts at 18:00 on 17 March 2012. Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen.
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FEDERER 6-3 6-4 - GAME, SET & MATCH - Federer makes a mockery of the delay and fires down an ace out wide on the first point after the resumption of the match to seal the win and reach tomorrow's final where he will face John Isner

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Match point to Federer and the rain returns! The wind is now up to about 25mph so hopefully that will blow away the shower and we'll only have a brief delay. A lengthy rally ended with a forehand into the net from Rafa to hand Fed the match point. The players have not left the court, they are just sitting back in the chairs

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FEDERER 6-3 5-4 - A good game from Nadal, solid, as he holds to 15 when Federer sends a forehand return of serve wide. It puts the pressure back on Fed, although he will have a second chance to serve out the match after the change of ends ...

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FEDERER 6-3 5-3 - BREAK - A huge forehand back behind Federer sees Nadal earn himself two break back points but he only needs the one as he rattles off an inside-out cross court forehand winner to get one of the breaks back. He will still have to serve to stay in this match though

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FEDERER 6-3 5-2 - BREAK - More trouble for Nadal as he sends a backhand wide down the line to allow Federer to level up at 30-30 before yet another error from the Spaniard gifts Fed a break point for the double break. And sure enough, as has been the pattern in this match, Federer takes advantage, pushing Nadal wide on the backhand wing; the Spaniard sending his cross court backhand wide. Fed will serve for the match after the change of ends ...

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FEDERER 6-3 4-2 - Another couple of missed forehands early on help Nadal push for the break back at deuce. But in the end the forehand returns for Fed as he finds enough on it to draw the return into the net from Rafa and maintain his break advantage

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FEDERER 6-3 3-2 - Just brutal from Federer as he steps up to a shorter ball on two consecutive points to rattle off forehand winners across court. It brings up another break point although he pulls the trigger too early on his next big forehand to squander the chance and Rafa recovers to hold when a cross court forehand from Fed drifts just wide

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FEDERER 6-3 3-1 - Fed holds to love to consolidate the break and sneak a step closer to tomorrow's final against Isner. The crowd respond though and attempt to lift Rafa, they do not want this match to be over in straight sets

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FEDERER 6-3 2-1 - BREAK - Rafa is really not dealing with the swirling wind very well as a double fault hands Fed three more break points. And sure enough he does break to love when Rafa sends a fairly tame backhand into the net, although a blistering forehand winner down the line from Fed was what set those couple of points up

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FEDERER 6-3 1-1 - Federer comes back out to hold without any difficulty, an athletic backhand volley earning him game points before a Rafa error hands him the game

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The match is halted briefly with Federer serving as a few spots of rain start to fall. But it is only a few spots and the players just head back to their chairs for a few minutes before heading back to resume the match

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FEDERER 6-3 0-1 - Nadal opens the second set with a forehand volley winner that he has to crouch down low to play, and he goes on to post a comfortable service hold to open the second set when Fed sends a forehand long down the centre of the court

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FEDERER 6-3 - SET - A flicked backhand winner across court on an acute angle brings up three set points for Federer. But only one is needed as he drop-shots Nadal, off the backhand wing, on the next point. Fed has the first set

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FEDERER 5-3 - BREAK - The wind has really picked up in the last five minutes or so but at the moment the rain is holding off. Federer earns himself another break point by going back behind Nadal once again before rushing Rafa out of the subsequent point and drawing a forehand error into the net. Fed will serve for the first set next

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FEDERER 4-3 - The easiest service game of the match so far for either player goes the way of Fed as he holds to love with a solid first serve that Nadal can only return long. It puts an end to Nadal's run of three straight games as well

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FEDERER 3-3 - Federer gets himself in a promising position to sneak in front again at deuce before Nadal finds a series of huge forehands, first drawing the forehand long from Fed to get the advantage before sealing a hold with a booming one-two punch of down the line followed by across court. Things are back all square now ...

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FEDERER 3-2 - BREAK - A backhand exchange between the two ends in a Federer mis-hit, the world number three sending the ball long of the baseline to hand Nadal a break back point. And he keeps the pressure firmly on, drawing a backhand into the net from Fed, to get things back on serve, albeit with Nadal still trailing

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FEDERER 3-1 - Nadal finally gets off the mark as he reverts to a tried and tested tactic against Fed, going hard and deep into he Swiss player's forehand wing

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FEDERER 3-0 - Just as Nadal is threatening to take the momentum away from Federer, the Swiss world number three comes up with a blistering forehand winner down the line to set up a game point. And it is another ferocious forehand that seals the game; Nadal this time mis-hitting, as the ball skids of the baseline, and failing to find the court

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FEDERER 2-0 - BREAK - Fed comes up to the net for a high backhand volley across court that Nadal cannot return in play to push the Spaniard to deuce. Fed quickly earns himself an early break point, going back to the Rafa forehand when the Spaniard was clearly expecting the cross court shot. And sure enough, Fed gets the break with a huge forehand return followed by an off-forehand volley winner across court

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FEDERER 1-0 - A great start from Nadal as he drills a backhand down the line before finding an off-forehand cross court winner and more brutal hitting in the very next point draws an error from Federer and hands the Spaniard two early break points. Fed saves the first with an ace and the second with a forehand winner before going on to hold

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Right, we are finally ready to get this clash underway with Roger Federer to serve first ...

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Finally the players are walking out on court, Rafael Nadal following Roger Federer out into the arena

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There's been another slight delay as the court continues to be dried but organisers are adamant that the players will be on court at 1:15 am CET (12.15am UK time). They have announced it to the crowd and everything!

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Just as the players were due to come out on court a few minutes ago, another shower hit Indian Wells but the latest news is that the players should be out on court in about 15 minutes at 1am CET (midnight UK time) unless, of course, the rain starts up again

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Good news, folks. The rain has now stopped in Indian Wells and they have started the clean-up mission. The latest update is that organisers are hopeful the players should be heading out on to the court in around about 20-30 minutes or so, so around about 12.30am CET (11.30pm UK time)

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Rain update for you: the organisers are hopeful of a dry period in around about 90 minutes from now so they are going to wait and get the players on as quick as they can when the rain abates. Keep checking back and we will give you as many updates as we can, as and when we get them

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And who will Sharapova be playing? Yep. World number one Victoria Azarenka, who is still unbeaten this year and who absolutely battered Sharapova in the Australian Open final in January!

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The rain in Indian Wells has no progressed from drizzle to "heavy" so it will be a little while longer before the players get to come out on court. So in the meantime, why not catch up on some of the wonen's action in the California desert.

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These two have met each other an incredibly 27 times with Nadal leading the head-to-head statistics with 18 wins to his name, while Federer only has nine. In best-of-three set matches though, things are much closer with Nadal only leading marginally 8-6. And on hard courts, its closer yet again with the stats level at 5-5, albeit with three of Fed's wins coming on indoor hard courts

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Meantime, John Isner has just caused a bit of a stir by beating world number one Novak Djokovic in the first of the semi-finals. In case you missed that, we will have a full report up momentarily.

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The bad news is that it has just started to drizzle in California (one of only a handful of days in which that happens). The players are being held back but it is only drizzle so hopefully it will pass over soon

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Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage from the second of the Indian Wells Masters semi-finals between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal