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Second Seed Nadal Advances at US Tennis Open


Men's second seed Rafael Nadal of Spain has reached the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. Nadal posted 7-6, 6-2, 6-1 victory Sunday against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France.

The Spaniard will next play 15th-seeded compatriot David Ferrer, who was stretched to five sets before advancing past David Nalbandian of Argentina, 6-3, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-5.

Three other matches also ended as five-set marathons. Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina, seeded 20th, upended 12th-seeded Croatian Ivan Ljubicic, 6-4, 6-7, 2-6, 6-3, 6-3. Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland defeated American Robby Ginepri, 5-7, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Spaniard Carlos Moya survived Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4.

Juan Monaco of Argentina had an easier win over compatriot Agustin Calleri, 7-6, 6-2, 6-4.

The day's biggest surprise in men's singles action came in the final match when 88th ranked Ernests Gulbis of Latvia easily ousted eighth seeded Tommy Robredo or Spain 6-1, 6-3, 6-2.

Third seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia also breezed into the fourth round with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 win over Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro.

Among the women, American Serena Williams has reached the quarterfinal round. Eighth-seeded Williams posted a relatively easy 6-3, 6-4 victory over 10th-seeded Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli.

After Serena won, her older sister Venus Williams also advanced. Twelfth-seeded Venus upset number-five Ana Ivanovic of Serbia, 6-4, 6-2. Top-seeded Justine Henin of Belgium swept past Russian Dinara Safina, 6-0, 6-2.

And third seeded Jelena Jankovic of Serbia needed three sets to get by 19th seeded Sybille Bammer of Germany 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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