Nadal lives to fight an­other day

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work for Del Potro at the year’s open­ing Grand Slam. He needed four sets to get past Amer­i­can Michael Rus­sell in the first round and five sets to over­come an­other Amer­i­can, James Blake, in the sec­ond round. He has now spent al­most 10 hours on court in his three matches, and should he get past the next round he could face Amer­i­can sev­enth seed Andy Rod­dick in the quar­ters.

Rod­dick won a war of at­tri­tion with Spa­niard Feli­ciano Lopez to claim a fourthround show­down with for­mer fi­nal­ist Fer­nando Gon­za­lez. In a grind­ing three-and-ahalf hour con­test, the Amer­i­can sev­enth seed proved the more con­sis­tent to reg­is­ter a 6-7 (4/7) 6-4 6-4 7-6 (7/3) win. Gon­za­lez came through a tough five-set­ter 6-7 (5/7) 6-3 1-6 6-3 6-4 against Kazak Evgeny Korolev.

South Africa’s Wes­ley Moodie and Rus­sia’s Mikhail Youzhny plum­meted to a first- round dou­bles de­feat (4-6 7-6 7-5) to the rel­a­tively un­known com­bi­na­tion of Lu­cas Arnold Kerr (Ar­gentina) and Horic Te­cau (Ru­ma­nia) in the open­ing dou­bles round.

The only South African to make the sec­ond round of the dou­bles was the con­sis­tent Rik De Voest, who part­nered Amer­i­can Scott Lipsky to a 4-6 6-1 7-6 victory over Ro­han Bopanna of In­dia and Pak­istan’s Aisam-UlHaq Qureshi. – Sapa-AP and Sapa

FULL BLAST: Spain’s Rafael Nadal hits a re­turn against Philipp Kohlschreiber of Ger­many. The Spa­niard sec­ond-seed won the match 6-4 6-2 2-6 7-5. REUTERS

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