Reuters - Thu, 10 Jun 20:59:00 2010
Rafael Nadal†picked himself up off the Queen's Club lawns to move into the quarter-finals of the AEGON Championships but Israel's Dudi Sela†wreaked havoc with†Andy Roddick's Wimbledon tune-up at the grasscourt tournament.
World number one Nadal, champion here in 2008 before rolling on to win the Wimbledon title, needed treatment on his backside during an awkward third round match against Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin before scraping through in three sets.
Nadal survived, just, and insisted he will continue in the tournament despite his injury scare.
"I just had a pain behind the leg and wanted the physio to check that it wasn't dangerous to carry on," the 24-year-old Spaniard said after a 7-6 4-6 6-4 win in a cool, swirling wind. "I felt something and I will have some more tests. I will be careful but I'd love to play tomorrow."
At least Nadal, who won a fifth French Open title on Sunday, gets to play at least one more singles here to help him make the tricky transition between slow bouncy claycourts and the skiddy London grasscourts.
Roddick suddenly has more time on his hands than expected after the four-times Queen's champion and three-times Wimbledon runner-up was outplayed by Sela.
The American played solidly enough but Sela, ranked 63 in the world, had an answer to everything as he recorded a 6-4 7-6 victory in which he offered up just one break point opportunity.
Roddick, 27, had his one chance on Sela's opening service game but failed to take it and then dropped serve to trail 2-1 and played second fiddle there on in.
"I'll probably get more time in on the track or in the gym, maybe figure out if there's some shows or a concert to kind of get away and take my mind off the fact that I'm not playing here," Roddick said.
Despite playing just two matches here, Roddick said he had no plans to take a late entry at Eastbourne next week.
"I'm not panicking. I'm not real worried about it. I wish I could play some more matches, but it will be fine."
Nadal pinched a rain-interrupted first set against Istomin on a tiebreak but never looked completely in control of his game, making more errors than usual, and his burly opponent broke early in the second to level the match.
After taking an injury time-out Nadal appeared none the worse for wear and stayed ahead on serve. He recovered from 15-40 at 3-3 then broke Istomin in the next game to serve for the match before suffering a lapse.
At 40-30 he made a hash of a routine smash and Istomin seized his chance to break back.
Nadal sealed victory against serve in the next game and will face fellow Spaniard†Feliciano Lopez†for a semi-final berth
Aegon Championship – Queen’s Club: Every day 12.15pm LIVE on British Eurosport (Sky 410 / Virgin 521) & on the Eurosport Player.Reuters
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