Nadal advances via walkover at Indian Wells

3:08 PM, Mar 11, 2013   |    comments
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Indian Wells, CA (Sports Network) - Former champion Rafael Nadal reached the fourth round without lifting his racquet at the $4.33 million BNP Paribas Open on Monday.

The fifth-seeded Nadal was scheduled to meet Leonardo Mayer on Day 5, but the Argentine pulled out of their scheduled third-round match on a day when an earthquake shook Southern California.

The quake had an estimated magnitude of 4.7 on the Richter scale and the epicenter was about a 100 miles from Los Angeles.

The former world No. 1 and reigning French Open champion Nadal was the 2007 Indian Wells titlist and 2011 runner-up.

Also on Monday in the California desert, tall South African Kevin Anderson handled Finnish veteran Jarkko Nieminen, 6-3, 6-1.

The 2013 Indian Wells champ will collect $1 million.

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