Nadal Prevails in Tough US Open Match

Hard-serving Querrey fights back to test world's no.1 player
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 1, 2008 6:17 PM CDT
Rafael Nadal, of Spain, celebrates a point during 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (2), 6-3 win over Sam Querrey, of the United States, at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Monday, Sept. 1, 2008.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Rafael Nadal overcame feisty American Sam Querrey today in a grueling fourth-round US Open match, 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3. Nadal was cruising 6-2, 4-2 when Querrey rallied to take the second set and lead in the third. But Nadal recovered, easily winning the third-set tiebreaker and claiming victory despite 20 aces from the hard-serving Querrey.

Now 42-1 over his last 43 matches, top-seeded Nadal moves on to another tough-serving American, Mardy Fish. Unseeded Fish landed in his first US Open quarterfinal match by toppling 32nd-seed French player Gael Monfils 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 today, the Sports Network reports.