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Nadal wins over Robredo to send Blake into semis at Masters Cup
Latest Updated by 2006-11-16 14:35:52

Rafael Nadal of Spain serves to Tommy Robredo of Spain during their match at the Masters Cup tennis tournament in Shanghai, China Nov.15, 2006. Nadal won over Robredo 7-6, 6-2.

World number two Rafael Nadal did a great favor for debutant American James Blake by beating Tommy Robredo in an all-Spanish round robin match on Wednesday at the elite year-end Masters Cup.

The 20-year-old Spanish sensation, who lost to Blake 6-4, 7-6 (7-0) in the opening round robin match on Monday, beat Robredo 7-6(2), 6-2 in one hour and 41 minutes.

While in an early Red Group match between James and Russian Nikolay Davydenko, the 27-year-old Blake, who made his first appearance at the Masters Cup, beat Davydenko 2-6, 6-4 and 7-5 to collect his second consecutive win.

Ranked eighth on the ATP rankings, the American proved nemesis for Davydenko, who lost all the five meetings against Blake including Wednesday's Masters Cup loss.

Blake also kept a clean sheet against Nadal, winning all three times after beating the Spanish sensation two days ago.

He also holds a 3-1 win-loss record against another player in his group, Tommy Robredo of Spain, sixth ranked in the world.

"It is tough to expect to beat the number two and three players in the world in consecutive matches," said Blake.

"But I realize the depth of men's tennis, going down to the top eight players, anyone can beat anyone. We are all human.

"I just try to keep my head focused, keep positive, see what happens at the end. I kept myself in the match today, hung in when Nikolay was playing unbelievable tennis.

"Then he maybe faltered just a little bit, thanks to me playing a lot better. And then I just got the momentum going at the end at the right time."

In Gold Group, Nadal and Davydenko are tied with one win and one loss while Robredo has already been knocked out on his first Masters Cup trip.

On Friday, Nadal will face Davydenko and the winner will book the other berth in Gold Group to make it semifinals.

"Davydenko played very well last week and it will be difficult but I will try my best to beat Davydenko," said Nadal in broken English.

This year's Masters Cup began on Sunday with the world's top eight singles players competing in two groups of four for the round-robin stage.

Federer is paired with Nalbandian, Ljubicic, Roddick in Red Group while the Nadal, Davydenko, Robredo and Blake pack the Gold Group. The top two in each group will meet in semi-finals.

Editor: Donald

By: Source:China View website
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