Spain's seeds face tough second week at Wimbledon
Rafael Nadal's 7-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Nicolas Kiefer Saturday saw the Majorcan safely into the fourth round at the Wimbledon Championships.30 June 2008
MADRID - Rafael Nadal's 7-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory over Nicolas Kiefer Saturday saw the Majorcan safely into the fourth round at the Wimbledon Championships.
Third-round wins for Feliciano López and Fernando Verdasco over Bobby Reynolds and Tomas Berdych respectively ensure that the so-called Armada will keep the Spanish flag flying in week two of the tournament.
Nadal now faces Russian 17th seed Mikhail Youzhny, over whom he holds a six-four win record on all surfaces. The two met at the same stage at Wimbledon last year, the Spaniard needing five sets to win the day. Verdasco, 22nd seed, must overcome big-serving Croat Mario Ancic, who defeated fellow Spaniard and fifth seed David Ferrer in round three. Thirty-first seed López faces a tricky tie against Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, the 2006 semi-finalist.
Should the trio progress to the quarterfinals, Verdasco will face reigning champion Roger Federer or 2002 winner Lleyton Hewitt, while López will meet the unseeded but in-form Marat Safin or Stanislas Wawrinka. Nadal will have to overcome British crowd favourite Andy Murray or 2007 semifinalist Richard Gasquet to progress to the semi-finals for a third consecutive year.
[El Pais / Expatica]