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Upstart shows he can run with the big boys at Indian Wells
Upstart shows he can run with the big boys at Indian Wells

The big boys came out to play Monday at Indian Wells. In a shocking development, the biggest left early. Rafael Nadal, ranked No.1, seeded No. 1, winner here last year, usually close to unbeatable on the slower hard courts of this BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, went out at the hands of an unheralded Ukrainian, Alexandr Dolgopolov. Nadal was to be the grand finale on a day when the male stars came out. They packed the house in the 16,100-seat Indian Wells Tennis Garden Stadium 1. They were everywhere, well up into the high seats, where you go only if you have Himalayan hiking experience. Tournament officials might consider offering oxygen tanks. Didn't matter. They were...

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