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Rafael Nadal beats Fernando Verdasco

Updated: August 19, 2011, 12:23 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

MASON, Ohio -- Rafael Nadal wanted to play a lot of tennis at the Western & Southern Open, though maybe not all in one day.

Nadal survived a three-set, three-tiebreak match against fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco on Thursday, advancing to the quarterfinals with a 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 7-6 (9) victory that kept him on court for 3 hours, 38 minutes. Then, he played a doubles match that went 1 hour, 10 minutes, followed by interviews.

How'd he feel?

"Fantastic," he said, smiling ...

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