Rafael Nadal receives Indian Wells walkover

Nadal receives Indian Wells walkover
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Rafael Nadal progresses at Indian Wells after a back injury forces Leonardo Mayer to pull out of the tournament.

Rafael Nadal has received a free passage through to round four at Indian Wells in California.

The former world number one had been due to take on Argentina's Leonardo Mayer in a third-round encounter this evening.

However, 25-year-old Mayer has been forced to withdraw from the tournament with a back injury.

Nadal will now play the winner of Andreas Seppi vs. Ernests Gulbis for a place in the semi-finals.

Spaniard Rafael Nadal celebrates winning the Brazil Open ATP tournament after defeating David Nalbandian on February 17, 2013
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