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Rafael Nadal overcomes shaky start

Updated: May 16, 2013, 8:11 PM ET
Associated Press

ROME -- Six-time champion Rafael Nadal overcame one of the worst opening sets of his career to edge Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis 1-6, 7-5, 6-4 Thursday and reach the Italian Open quarterfinals.

Nadal's performance, and sometimes sluggish movement on the court, raised questions about whether he will be able to successfully defend his title at the French Open. The year's second Grand Slam starts in 10 days.

Nadal will next face fourth-seeded David Ferrer, who advanced when Philipp ...

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