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Nadal to take on Murray in quarters

sports Updated: Jan 25, 2010 00:37 IST

Defending champion Rafael Nadal faces an eagerly awaited showdown with Andy Murray while US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro was knocked out of contention.

The Spanish second seed blunted the serving power of giant Croatian Ivo Karlovic to set up a compelling quarter-final against the fifth seeded Scot on Tuesday.

Murray became the first Briton in 25 years to reach the Australian Open quarters after he defused towering 33rd seeded American John Isner 7-6 (7/4), 6-3, 6-2.

Elsewhere, Del Potro was dumped out in a titanic five-setter to Croatian 14th seed Marin Cilic, who will play American seventh seed Andy Roddick.