Youzhny upsets third straight Spaniard

No. 2 Rafael Nadal became the biggest seed so far to fall at the U.S. Open. As Greg Garber explains, Nadal wasn't the only player from Spain to lose to Mikhail Youzhny.

Updated: September 6, 2006, 10:52 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Mikhail Youzhny, balancing his racket on his buzz-cut head, joyfully saluted the four sides of Louis Armstrong Stadium on Wednesday evening. The crowd returned his enthusiasm, even if he wasn't the victor they had imagined.

For Youzhny throttled Rafael Nadal, the No. 2 seed here at the U.S. Open, 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-1 to advance to the semifinals. It was a physical, slashing affair that consumed 3 hours and 16 minutes and featured brilliant tennis on both sides.


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