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Nadal collapses after win at scorching U.S. Open

Sep 5, 2011, 12:12 a.m.
Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return to David Nalbandian of Argentina during their match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, September 4, 2011. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Her game started to look as sick as her. She failed to hold her serve then fell behind 6-2 in the tiebreaker.

But the 29-year-old Italian regained her composure in the nick of time, reeling off the next six points in a row to win 6-4 7-6 and advance to a quarter-final meeting with unseeded German Angelique Kerber.

"I started having the sensation to throw up," Pennetta said. "But there was nothing inside, so it didn't come out."

Del Potro lost 4-6 7-6 6-2 7-6 to Frenchman Gilles Simon on a bad day for Argentina. As well as Nalbandian and Del Potro, Juan Ignacio Chela also departed, losing to American wildcard Donald Young 7-5 6-4 6-3.

Young will face Murray, who had a spring in his step after a straightforward win on the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

"I knew tonight, after coming through the last match, I was going to feel better on the court than I did in the previous round," Murray said. "I was moving well early on. I had good intensity early in the match. That's something that I'll keep with the rest of the tournament."

Andy Roddick, the 2003 champion, sailed through with a 6-1 6-4 7-6 victory over Julien Benneteau of France, ensuring the U.S. will have four men in the last 16, joining Mardy Fish, who won his third round Saturday, and the big-serving John Isner, who beat yet another local, Alex Bogomolov Jr, 7-6 6-4 6-4.

Two days ago, Stosur beat Russia's Nadia Petrova in the longest women's match played at the U.S. Open.

Against Petrova's compatriot Maria Kirilenko on Sunday, Stosur lost the longest women's tiebreaker played in a grand slam, 17-15, but rebounded to win the match 6-2 6-7 6-3. "I've got another record here at the U.S. Open, which is cool," Stosur said. "It was a shame I didn't win it (the tiebreaker)."

Stosur's next opponent is another Russian, second seed Vera Zvonareva, who breezed past Sabine Lisicki 6-2 6-3.

(Editing by John O'Brien)

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