sightings in the stands: nadal d. tursunov

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Top seed Rafa Nadal is looking to better his 2008 performace at Indian Wells (he lost to Novak Djokovic in the semis) and he seems to be on track. The Spaniard faced Dmitry Tursunov in the third round and got through 6-3, 6-3.

Here’s Nadal’s assessment of the match: “[Dmitry] didn’t give me a lot of rhythm. He played good shots, but at the same time, he made mistakes” — 37 of them, in fact.

Bracketology: The men’s fourth-round match list reads like the draw for a major tournament; all but three of the 16 are seeds. It’s Rafa vs. Nalbandian, Isner vs. Del Potro (battle of the beasts!!!), Wawrinka vs. Djokovic, Ferrer vs. Roddick, Ljubicic vs. Andreev, Robredo vs. Murray, Federer vs. Gonzo, and Kohlschreiber vs. Verdasco.

We’re hoping for a Nadal-Djokovic top-half semi, and Murray-Federer for the bottom half.

(photo via Getty Images)

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