Nadal picks up where he left off; wins match at Queen's Club

Updated: June 15, 2007, 7:14 PM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- Rafael Nadal quickly finished a rain-delayed match on Friday, defeating Max Mirnyi 7-6 (3), 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals of the Queen's Club grass-court championships.

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It took just 3 minutes to complete the match, which resumed with the top-seeded Spaniard leading 5-3 in the second set after rain halted play on Thursday night.

Both players held their serve throughout the opening set, before Nadal dominated the tiebreaker. Rain halted play for more than an hour early in the second set, and when play resumed Nadal broke to lead 3-1 after a backhand error from Mirnyi.

Play was then suspended overnight when more rain began to fall as Nadal was to serve for the match.

Nadal will face Frenchman Nicolas Mahut, who upset fifth-seeded Ivan Ljubicic 7-6 (3), 6-3, in the quarterfinals later Friday.

Arnaud Clement rallied from a set down to defeat French Open semifinalist Novak Djokovic 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Djokovic appeared in control early, hitting seven aces while winning the last five games of the first set. But Clement broke to 3-1 in the second and got another break in the first game of the third set, which was enough to claim his first win over a top-10 opponent since beating Nadal in February 2006.

Ljubicic held a 4-3 lead in the first set after the match was suspended because of rain on Thursday, but failed to convert two break points for a 5-3 lead when play resumed. He then established a 2-0 lead in the second, before surrendering the next five games.

Dmitry Tursunov rallied to upset third-seeded Fernando Gonzalez 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-4 to reach the semifinals.

Gonzalez led 2-0 in the third set when the match was interrupted by rain for a second time. When play resumed, Tursonov evened it at 4-4, prompting Gonzalez to smash his racket. Tursunov won the final two games.

He'll face the winner of three-time champion Andy Roddick against Marin Cilic of Croatia.


Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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