Nadal takes easy work into fourth round of U.S. Open

08:26, September 06, 2010      

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Top seed Rafal Nadal made more step closer to his pursuit of a career Grand Slam by knocking out Gilles Simon of France 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 on Sunday.

Nadal, who is seeking his first U.S. Open title, will play countryman Feliciano Lopez for a spot in the quarterfinals.

Nadal opened strongly, breaking in the third game on the way to stacking up a 3-1 lead and that was all he needed as he took the opener 6-4 in 47 minutes.

Simon held his own against the eight-time Grand Slam winner until 3-3 in the second set, but the weight of Nadal's huge forehands gradually took its toll on him and he conceded serve in the seventh game.

Again, that was all the margin needed by the Spaniard as he served out twice to take a two sets to love lead.

The 23rd-seeded Lopez advanced to the fourth round after Ukraine's Sergiy Stakhovsky retired in the second set because of a right toe infection. Lopez was leading 6-3, 4-0 when Stakhovsky called it quits.

An eighth-seeded Fernando Verdasco dispatched Argentina's David Nalbandian 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. The Spaniard was a quarterfinalist here last year, losing to Serbian Novak Djokovic in four sets.

Another Spaniard into the last 16 was 10th-seeded David Ferrer, who cruised past compatriot Daniel Gimeno-Traver 7-6 (7-2), 6-2, 6-2. Ferrer, who has not dropped a set en route to the fourth round, will next face Verdasco.

Sam Querrey of America fired 42 winners and 19 aces to power his way to a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win over 14th-seeded Spaniard Nicolas Almagro.

The 20th-seeded Querrey matched his best performance at a Grand Slam event. He has reached the fourth round at two straight majors. The American also made it through to the fourth round at Flushing Meadows in 2008.

Querrey's next opponent will be Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka, who handled fourth seed Andy Murray 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, 6-3 in three hours 56 minutes.

Source: Xinhua


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