September 9, 2011 12:05:02 am
Defending champion Rafael Nadal welcomed the return of sunshine to Flushing Meadows on Thursday by completing a resounding 7-6 6-1 6-2 victory over Gilles Muller of Luxembourg to reach the US Open quarter-finals.
Nadal trailed 3-0 in the first set on Wednesday after 16 minutes of play,then complained about being asked to go on court in what he considered wet conditions before the entire days programme was called off. The Spaniard wasted no time exerting his superiority on resumption,getting the first set back on serve and claiming the tiebreaker 7-1 before racing through the last two sets.
Yesterday was a tough day for everybody, Nadal told the crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Sorry,but thank you very much for still being here. The second-seeded Nadal will play either fifth-seeded David Ferrer or former champion Andy Roddick.
Tournament organisers were berated by players on Wednesday after they tried to make them play in the rain and there were more farcical scenes on Thursday because of damp patches on the Louis Armstrong Stadium court. American Andy Roddick,who was among those who angrily complained about court conditions,again confronted officials after resuming his round of 16 clash with Spanish fifth seed David Ferrer at Louis Armstrong. After two games,Roddick pointed out a spot behind a baseline where water just beneath the surface was coming up onto the court.
The players returned to the locker room as staff tried in vain to dry the court with towels and a vacuum before the match was eventually moved to an outside court with seating for less than 600 spectators. Im baffled,Im baffled. Find us a court, Roddick snapped at officials. At a certain point that has to take precedence over what people can watch.
Britains Andy Murray also charged into the quarter-finals with an easy 6-2 6-3 6-3 win over American wildcard Donald Young. The world number four wasted no time booking his place in the last eight,wrapping up the victory in just under two hours. Murrays next opponent will be either Frenchman Gilles Simon or big-serving American John Isner,with a semi-final against Nadal looming.
Lee-Hesh knocked out
The Indian pair of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi were knocked out after they lost their quarterfinal match to Polands Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski in straight sets. The sixth seeded Polish duo won 6-4 7-6 (7-4) in an hour and 43 minutes against the fourth seeded Indian pair. Leander will,however,pair up with Elena Vesnina later in the day to play his mixed doubles semi-final against Melanie Oudin and Jack Sock.
Rohan Bopanna and his Pakistani partner Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi are also expected to take the court against Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins of Great Britain. The winner of that match will meet the Polish pair in the last four clash.
Playing on Court No 4,Paes and Bhupathi lost their serve once during the first set and the Polish duo cashed in on the opportunity to wrap it up in the 10th game. They won the first set in 34 minutes. It was the service that let the Indian pair down as they won only 65 per cent points on their first serve compared to 86 per cent by Fyrstenberg and Matkowski.
The second set also saw both teams competing on even keel. Although Paes and Bhupathi got a chance to convert a break point in the seventh game but they failed to do so. As both pairs held their serve,the second set went into a tie-break. However the Polish duo held their nerves as they won the tie-breaker by 7-4 margin in 69 minutes.
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