Nadal battles past Querrey
Originally published on: 26/02/10 11:59
After a straightforward win in the opening set, world number one Nadal was pushed hard by the 20-year-old to take the win 6-2 5-7 7-6 6-3.
Querrey was unable to repeat his heroics from the last round, when he stunned 14th seed Ivo Karlovic in their third-round encounter.
But after Nadal had been dominant in the first set Querrey settled into the pace of the game, breaking consecutive Nadal service games at the end of the second set to win 5-7 and tie the match.
After stuttering at the start of the third, the American fought back again from 4-2 down to take a 6-5 lead in the set.
But Nadal held his nerve to take the lead after a tie-break, and after the Spaniard broke midway through the fourth set to move ahead 4-2 he was able to hold off the American’s challenge to seal the win.