LONDON -- Rafael Nadal quickly finished a rain-delayed match
on Friday, defeating Max Mirnyi 7-6 (3), 6-3 to reach the
quarterfinals of the Queen's Club grass-court championships.
It took just 3 minutes to complete the match, which resumed with
the top-seeded Spaniard leading 5-3 in the second set after rain
halted play on Thursday night.
Both players held their serve throughout the opening set, before
Nadal dominated the tiebreaker. Rain halted play for more than an
hour early in the second set, and when play resumed Nadal broke to
lead 3-1 after a backhand error from Mirnyi.
Play was then suspended overnight when more rain began to fall
as Nadal was to serve for the match.
Nadal will face Frenchman Nicolas Mahut, who upset fifth-seeded
Ivan Ljubicic 7-6 (3), 6-3, in the quarterfinals later Friday.
Djokovic appeared in control early, hitting seven aces while
winning the last five games of the first set. But Clement broke to
3-1 in the second and got another break in the first game of the
third set, which was enough to claim his first win over a top-10
opponent since beating Nadal in February 2006.
Ljubicic held a 4-3 lead in the first set after the match was
suspended because of rain on Thursday, but failed to convert two
break points for a 5-3 lead when play resumed. He then established
a 2-0 lead in the second, before surrendering the next five games.
Gonzalez led 2-0 in the third set when the match was interrupted
by rain for a second time. When play resumed, Tursonov evened it at
4-4, prompting Gonzalez to smash his racket. Tursunov won the final
He'll face the winner of three-time champion Andy Roddick
against Marin Cilic of Croatia.