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Nadal-Gonzalez live blog

Updated: September 10, 2009, 10:57 PM ET
By Ravi Ubha | Special to ESPN.com

If Rafael Nadal's clash against Fernando Gonzalez is anything like Nadal's thriller against the elastic Gael Monfils, then we're in for a real treat.

Nadal and Monfils swayed along the baseline in front of an enthusiastic -- more so than usual -- New York crowd Tuesday night, producing a few contenders for rally of the season. Nadal eventually wore down the excitable Frenchman in four.

Nadal sure didn't look hurt.

Gonzalez is still one of the game's most explosive players, and he'll be backed, as usual, by those energetic Chilean fans.

He'll need all the help he can get. Nadal has won five straight against Gonzalez, a comfortable straight-setter at this year's Australian Open included.

Stop back at 7 p.m. and let's have some fun.

Ravi Ubha is a frequent contributor to ESPN.com.

London-based Ravi Ubha covers soccer and tennis for ESPN.com.