Nadal lives to fight another day
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