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Nadal crushes Federer in straight sets

SET FOR THE SEMIS:Rafael Nadal is now set for a semi-final encounter with Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, who Nadal has bested on 12 of their past 15 meetings

Reuters, INDIAN WELLS, California

“It feels great,” Berdych said after beating Anderson for a sixth time in six career meetings. “I am happy to go through, and the fact that I haven’t lost a set is just a nice bonus.”

The Czech knows he faces a tough task against Nadal in the last four, having beaten the Spaniard only three times in 15 meetings, his most recent victory in Madrid in 2006.

“With his lefty hand and heavy spins, it’s very tough, you know, especially in these conditions,” said world No. 6 Berdych, who has reached two ATP finals this season, in Marseille and Dubai, losing both.

In the women’s doubles semi-finals on Thursday, Russia’s Nadia Petrova and Slovenia’s Katarina Srebotnik defeated Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and China’s Peng Shuai 6-2, 6-2 to advance to the final.

Additional reporting by staff writer

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