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Posted on: Sunday, March 28, 2010

Tennis: Nadal beats Nalbandian at Key Biscayne


STEVEN WINE
AP Sports Writer

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. Rafael Nadal has advanced to the fourth round at the Sony Ericsson Open by rallying to beat wild card David Nalbandian 6-7 (8), 6-2, 6-2.

Nadal, seeded fourth, remained on course for a showdown in the final against No. 1 Roger Federer. No. 2 Novak Djokovic and No. 3 Andy Murray lost their opening matches.

Nadal held a set point in the tiebreaker Sunday but let it slip away, losing the final three points. But after losing serve early in the match when he double-faulted on break point, Nadal held his final 11 service games.

The Spaniard had 29 winners and only 26 unforced errors.

Nalbandian, a former top-five player mounting a comeback from hip surgery, fell to 6-2 this year.