Injured Nadal Advances

With swollen knee taped, Spaniard earns four-set first-round win
By Joseph Fasano,  Newser User
Posted Aug 30, 2007 4:30 AM CDT
Rafael Nadal of Spain chases down a shot by Alun Jones of Australia at the US Open tennis tournament in New York, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Spaniard Rafael Nadal fought his way through a knee injury to defeat Australian wild-card Alun Jones 7-5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in a first-round US Open match last night at Flushing Meadows. Nadal moved gingerly on his taped-up knee and was broken on serve several times by the low-ranked Aussie.

"I can't move too much," said the No. 2 seed; said his opponent, "I don't think he was at 100%." Meanwhile, the Williams sisters advanced handedly to the third round. Venus downed Romania's Ioana Roluca Olaru 6-4, 6-2, and Serena bested Italy's Maria Elena Camerin 7-5, 6-2. (Read more Rafael Nadal stories.)