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Nadal survives early wobble at US Open
    2017-September-4  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

WORLD number one Rafael Nadal ran into a spot of bother before crushing Argentine Leonardo Mayer and booked his place in the last 16 of the U.S. Open with a 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 victory Saturday.

The Spaniard, chasing his second Grand Slam title of the year, was on the back foot early on but once he found his rhythm, the contest was virtually over under a closed roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Nadal will next face Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov.

“It was a tough situation for a set and I had some break points against me early in the second. I fought, I was there mentally and then I started to play much better,” said Nadal.

“I must improve on the forehand. At the end of the match I was creating more space but at the beginning I failed to convert several chances with my forehand.”

Mayer played some steely tennis in the first set, hitting neat and powerful shots to stave off six break points and force a tiebreak, in which the Argentine was always in control.

In the tiebreak, he took a mini-break for 3-2 when Nadal inexplicably netted a routine backhand and then sealed it with an unreturnable serve.

Nadal was hanging by his teeth, facing two break points in the fourth game of the second set. Two massive shots saved him and he got to level for 2-2 as he let out a huge “Vamos,” raising his clenched fist towards the crowd.

The match was dragging along and while the 23,000 day session spectators enjoyed the match, there were 23,000 waiting outside in the rain for the night session to start.

Nadal played tighter to finally take the first break of the match and move 3-2 up when his opponent sent a forehand wide.

The Spaniard went on to win seven successive points to set up three set points and on the third, he leveled the contest with a jaw-dropping dipping passing shot.

Normal service had resumed as Nadal won his seventh successive game to open up a 3-0 lead in the third set.

Mayer briefly threatened a comeback when he pulled a break back for 5-3 in the fourth set but Nadal served it out at 5-4 with Mayer sending a forehand long on match point.

On the women’s side, Karolina Pliskova showed the steel of a world number one as she fought off a match point to claim a riveting 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 comeback win over Zhang Shuai of China.

The contest was 25-year-old Zhang’s best showing against the tournament’s top seed.

Pliskova, runner-up at Flushing Meadows last year, would have lost her world number one ranking had she been beaten at Arthur Ashe Stadium but instead moved another step closer to a first career Grand Slam title.

Zhang was the more aggressive player from the start, frequently rushing to net and stepping into the court to attack Pliskova’s second serve on an unseasonably cool day in New York.

The strategy paid off as she broke Pliskova in her first two service games to take a 3-1 lead and captured the first set with an emphatic overhead smash.

She continued her fiery play into the second set but on match point tightened up and hit an errant backhand, disappointing a New York crowd that had been rooting for the underdog.

(SD-Agencies)

 

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