Nadal toils past Ve­sely to reach Ham­burg Open quar­ter-fi­nals

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PRESSHAMBURG — Topseeded Rafael Nadal toiled to beat Jiri Ve­sely 6-4, 7-6 (2) to reach the Ham­burg Open quar­ter­fi­nals on Thurs­day. Nadal’s quar­ter­fi­nal op­po­nent will be fifth-seeded Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay, who out­lasted Jerzy Janow­icz of Poland 6-3, 4-6, 6-2. Nadal ap­peared in trou­ble when he dropped his serve for 4-4 in the sec­ond set. But he broke right back and served for the match, only to com­mit a dou­ble fault at match point. He served another dou­ble fault to drop the game, but Ve­sely could not take ad­van­tage and Nadal cruised through the tiebreaker, win­ning the match when Ve­sely net­ted a back­hand. Nadal is play­ing in Ham­burg for the first time since he won the clay-court event in 2008. This is his first tour­na­ment since los­ing to Dustin Brown in the sec­ond round of Wim­ble­don. Once No. 1 in the world, Nadal has dropped to No. 10.

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