Nadal intends to play on in Rome despite dizzy spell

Updated: May 10, 2007, 9:31 AM ET
Associated Press

ROME -- Rafael Nadal went to a hospital for a checkup following a dizzy spell Thursday, although he was not planning to withdraw from the Rome Masters.

Nadal will attempt to extend his 73-match clay-court winning streak later Thursday against Mikhail Youzhny.

"Everything is OK. It was just a routine checkup. He's playing tonight," Nadal's spokesman, Benito Barbadillo, said. "It was the same as yesterday. He was just feeling a little dizzy, that's it."

Nadal said he felt dizzy after his second-round win over Daniele Bracciali on Wednesday.

Even if he does withdraw, Nadal's streak will remain in intact.

"A withdrawal is not considered a loss or a win," ATP spokesman Nicola Arzani said.

Nadal is aiming to become the first player to win the Rome Masters three straight times. Youzhny beat Nadal in their last two meetings -- both on hard courts.

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