- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 1, 2009

KEY BISCAYNE, FLA. (AP) - Rafael Nadal has reached the quarterfinals in pursuit of his first Key Biscayne title.

The top-ranked Nadal came from behind in both sets Tuesday night to beat Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4).

Nadal won despite converting only one of 12 break-point chances. He had four match points at 5-4 in the second set, but the No. 16-seeded Wawrinka hit a succession of big serves to stay alive.

The two grueling sets lasted 2 hours, 42 minutes before Nadal closed out the victory with a backhand crosscourt passing shot at 12:20 a.m.

His opponent in the quarterfinals Thursday will be No. 6-seeded Juan Martin del Potro.

Among others advancing were No. 2-seeded Roger Federer and No. 5 Andy Roddick, who will meet Wednesday night.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.


At The Tennis Center at Crandon Park

Key Biscayne, Fla.

Purse: Men, $4.5 million (Masters 1000); Women, $4.5 million (Premier)

Surface: Hard-Outdoor



Fourth Round

Novak Djokovic (3), Serbia, def. Tomas Berdych (21), Czech Republic, 6-3, 6-2.

Andy Murray (4), Britain, def. Viktor Troicki, Serbia, 6-1, 6-0.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (10), France, def. Gilles Simon (7), France, 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-2.

Fernando Verdasco (8), Spain, def. Radek Stepanek (18), Czech Republic, 6-2, 6-2.

Andy Roddick (5), United States, def. Gael Monfils (9), France, 7-6 (2), 6-4.

Juan Martin del Potro (6), Argentina, def. David Ferrer (11), Spain, 6-3, 6-2.

Roger Federer (2), Switzerland, def. Taylor Dent, United States, 6-3, 6-2.

Rafael Nadal (1), Spain, def. Stanislas Wawrinka (16), Switzerland, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4).



Svetlana Kuznetsova (8), Russia, def. Caroline Wozniacki (13), Denmark, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-1.

Victoria Azarenka (11), Belarus, def. Samantha Stosur, Australia, 6-1, 6-0.



Second Round

Frantisek Cermak, Czech Republic, and Michal Mertinak, Slovakia, def. Lukas Dlouhy, Czech Republic, and Leander Paes (4), India, 6-3, 6-3.

Max Mirnyi, Belarus, and Andy Ram, Israel, def. Jeff Coetzee and Wesley Moodie (7), South Africa, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 10-8 tiebreak.

Ashley Fisher and Stephen Huss, Australia, def. Travis Parrott, United States, and Filip Polasek, Slovakia, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4).

Ross Hutchins, Britain, and Jordan Kerr, Australia, def. Martin Damm, Czech Republic, and Robert Lindstedt, Sweden, 6-3, 6-3.


Second Round

Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears, United States, def. Alona and Kateryna Bondarenko, Ukraine, 6-4, 6-4.

Nuria Llagostera Vives and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez (6), Spain, def. Bethanie Mattek-Sands, United States, and Nadia Petrova, Russia, 7-5, 6-4.

Anabel Medina Garrigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual (2), Spain, def. Gisela Dulko, Argentina, and Shahar Peer, Israel, 6-4, 6-3.

Kveta Peschke, Czech Republic, and Lisa Raymond (3), United States, def. Vera Dushevina, Russia, and Yaroslava Shvedova, Kazakhstan, 6-7 (5), 6-4, 10-8 tiebreak.



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