Nadal beats rain delay to oust Kiefer in Miami

March 31st, 2008 - 12:20 pm ICT by admin  

Miami, March 31 (DPA) Rafael Nadal survived the distraction of a rain delay to post a 6-2, 6-4 win over German Nicolas Kiefer for a place in the third round of the Miami Masters here. “I’m very happy about my victory,” said the Spaniard after the win Sunday. “When I come back to the court the ball was a little bigger and slower, and it was a little bit more difficult for me.

Nadal will next face 16th seed Paul-Henri Mathieu of France, who beat Spanish veteran Carlos Moya 7-6 (7-1), 7-5.

James Blake ousted crafty French veteran Fabrice Santoro 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4 while Tomas Berdych stopped Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-1, 6-3.

Women’s world No. 33 Lindsay Davenport rolled back the years nine months after giving birth as she sent second seed Ana Ivanovic out in the third round 6-4, 6-2.

Davenport, 31, seemed surprised to have gone through: “Sometimes you just never know what to expect when you go out for a certain match on a certain day.”

Ivanovic, who followed compatriot and men’s Indian Wells winner Novak Djokovic out the door early in Florida, said that Davenport “won Grand Slams before, and she was the number one player, so she has the game. Today she played very well. I’m glad to see her back, and I hope she can do well.”

The gracious response masked the obvious disappointment of Ivanovic, who had hoped to back up her first major title.

Intensity was not a worry for world No.1 Justine Henin, who overcame sweltering mid-day conditions to advance over Italy’s Sara Errani 6-2, 6-1.

The winner said that a high overhead sun was not as much of a worry as the muggy conditions, which made her breathing difficult.

Fourth seed Jelena Jankovic got back onto court less than 24 hours after managing a marathon win the night before, wasting no time in crushing Czech Lucie Safarova 6-2, 6-1.

Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 2006 champion, had to mount a huge fightback to escape Viktoria Azarenka, waking up in time for victory after trailing a set and 5-2.

The Russian found her form just in time for a 1-6, 7-5, 6-0 third-round win.

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