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Nadal to face Fish in U.S. Open quarterfinals

Updated: September 2, 2008, 12:48 AM ET
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NEW YORK -- Rafael Nadal withstood his first test at this U.S. Open, shifting into another gear to beat Sam Querrey 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (2), 6-3 on Monday and match his best result at the tournament that's always bedeviled him.

Playing for the sixth year at Flushing Meadows, the No. 1 Nadal rallied to reach the quarterfinals. He got quite a workout -- and a scare -- from his unseeded 20-year-old opponent.

"Very tough," Nadal said. "Sam is a big player, a big server. He has a great future."

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