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No peak in sight as history awaits Nadal

sports Updated: Jun 01, 2013 01:42 IST

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Angry about the scheduling of matches at the French Open, Rafael Nadal took the court at 11 a.m. Friday lacking his usual intensity, and it showed.

The seven-time champion had to come from behind for the second match in a row to beat Martin Klizan 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.

Nadal criticized tournament organizers for scheduling his match with Klizan late on Thursday with rain predicted. The forecast proved correct, and the match was postponed a day, while Nadal's next opponent - Fabio Fagnini - won earlier Thursday and will have a day's rest before their match Saturday.

Simply not fair

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2013/5/01_06_pg19f.jpg "That's not fair," Nadal said. "Today I was playing almost three hours on court, and my (next) opponent was watching the TV in the locker room." http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2013/5/01_06_pg19c.jpg

Because the second-round match against Klizan was postponed a day, Nadal must win six matches in the final 10 days of the tournament to reclaim the trophy.

Fedex on fire

While Nadal's behind schedule and unhappy about it, Roger Federer and Serena Williams easily moved into the fourth round. "I'm able to play quite aggressive at the moment," Federer said.

Defending champion Maria Sharapova won a rain-interrupted match to reach the third round.Federer seeks a record 18th Grand Slam title.
No. 12 Tommy Haas became the first 35-year-old since 2007 to reach the French Open's third round, beating 20-year-old American qualifier Jack Sock 7-6 (3), 6-2, 7-5.

Haas next plays No. 19 John Isner, who overcame a two-set deficit for the first time in his career to win an all-American match against Ryan Harrison, 5-7, 6-7 (7), 6-3, 6-1, 8-6.

The No. 1-ranked Williams, seeking her first French Open title since 2002, beat Sorana Cirstea 6-0, 6-2 and has lost only six games in three matches.

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