Rafael Nadal beats Fernando Verdasco
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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