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Tennis: Nadal survives shaky start, sets up Rome date with Murray

Published on May 16, 2014 2:27 AM
Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return to Mikhail Youzhny of Russia during their men's singles match at the Rome Masters tennis tournament on May 15, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

ROME (AFP) - Rafael Nadal continued to search for his best clay form, surviving a shaky start on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals of the ATP-WTA Rome Masters and a date with Andy Murray.

The top seed beat Russian Mikhail Youzhny, winning 12 of the last 13 games in a 6-7 (4/7), 6-2, 6-3 win which took almost three hours.

Murray and Nadal have not played each other for more than two and a half years, when Murray beat the Spaniard in a 2011 Tokyo final.

Less than 24 hours after being severely tested by Gilles Simon, Nadal found himself in trouble against Youzhny, who last won a set against the world number one back in 2008.

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