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Mother Nature relents long enough for Nadal to end match

Mother Nature refused to let Rafael Nadal and Robin Soderling finish their third-round match. But after Nadal won in five sets over five days, neither player had anything nice to say about the other. Bonnie DeSimone explains.

Updated: July 4, 2007, 6:39 PM ET
By Bonnie DeSimone | Special to ESPN.com

WIMBLEDON, England -- Instead of best-of-five sets, Rafael Nadal and Robin Soderling had to play a best-of-five days.

It took the Spaniard and the Swede a full work week to finish a third-round match while June faded to July. Nadal, who won 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (7), 4-6, 7-5 in a match that was longer than the score indicates, is still a full two rounds behind defending champion Roger Federer on the other side of the bracket.

If the weather holds -- which seems unlikely at what the venerable ...

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