Nadal rallies in five sets

WIMBLEDON - Erasing a two-set deficit despite playing on a fourth consecutive day, Rafael Nadal came back to beat Mikhail Youzhny in five sets yesterday and reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals.

WIMBLEDON - Erasing a two-set deficit despite playing on a fourth consecutive day, Rafael Nadal came back to beat Mikhail Youzhny in five sets yesterday and reach the Wimbledon quarterfinals.

Nadal, last year's runner-up, picked up early service breaks in each of the final three sets to win 4-6 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-2.

"After the first two sets, the next three sets maybe I play my best game on grass in my life," Nadal said.

Venus Williams had a much easier time yesterday, playing outstanding tennis to reach the semifinals by beating No 5 Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3 6-4.

Williams will next face French Open finalist Ana Ivanovic, who defeated No 14 Nicole Vaidisova 4-6 6-2 7-5.

Ivanovic saved three match points and beginning with the last one, won 13 of 15 points. That sent her on her way to taking the match's last four games.

It ended when Vaidisova double-faulted for the sixth time.

"I knew I could do it," Ivanovic said.

"I knew I could make some good shots and be aggressive and move forward and put pressure."

At the time of going to print other matches were rain delayed. - Sapa-AP

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