By Tennis Panorama News
FLUSHING MEADOWS, New York – Nadal, Zvonareva advance, Stosur and Kirilenko play longest tiebreak, Young upsets Chela on day seven of the U.S. Open.
Nadal moves on but gives media a scare in the post-match news conference
No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal rallied in the opening set against David Nalbandian and stayed in control the rest of the way in a 7-6 (5), 6-1, 7-5 win.
“Very happy the first set and second set I think I played a very high level, said Nadal. “Even if he was beating me 4-2 and 5-4 on serve, I was very pleased about how I played the first set, no? He was playing fantastic in my opinion at the beginning. I didn’t have unforced errors. I played well. I just tried to wait my moment.
“I happy about almost everything today. I think my movements worked pretty well, and the forehand worked really well, and the backhand, too. Just when I had to win the match with the 5-3 I played a really bad game there. For the rest of the match, I happy about everything.”
During Nadal’s Spanish language news conference, the Spainiard called for his trainer and slid out of his chair, later treated for leg cramps.
Nadal’s assessment of his first week at the U.S. Open: “I think I played every day better. Today for moments I played, my opinion, very, very positive level, very high level. I am happy about two weeks here. I arrived Monday after Cincinnati. I practiced Monday. Since I arrived here I think everything was really positive. Even if I lose next round, for me was a positive week. After Wimbledon I had the injury; I didn’t practice a lot. I practiced seven days but really with motivation three days. And the allusion for the competition, the allusion to come back, you know, was tough at the beginning, because I was a little bit too tired mentally, a little bit too tired physically. But after two weeks of practice in Montreal, Cincinnati, I arrived here and I have the right motivation. That’s the most important thing for me, be happy playing tennis, have the motivation to go on court every day, and to try the best in every moment. That’s what I did here. That’s the way to do it, and that’s why I’m still playing tennis. That’s why I want to keep working hard the rest of the year and next year, no? Accept all the difficulties, the problems, and try to play another time at my best. The next opponent will be tough one. I already lost with him in Wimbledon 2005. This year was tough, especially tough, two sets against him in Wimbledon fourth round, too, I think. Fourth or I think it was fourth round, no? (Through translation.) Was tough, really tough third round. He’s a very aggressive player. Fantastic serve. I have to move him. Probably his movements are the worst thing, but the rest of the game can be really dangerous.”
The longest WTA tiebreak
Samantha Stosur advanced with a 6-2, 6-7 (15), 6-3 in 2 hours 37 minutes over Maria Kirilenko, in the middle of which produced a record- making tiebreak.
“I just had to come out and keep doing what I was doing,” Stosur told a reporter courtside about how she kept focus after losing the second set tiebreak 17-15.
The tiebreak was said to be the longest in women’s Grand Slam history.
Meanwhile, in the night session, Vera Zvonareva took out Sabine Lisicki 6-2, 6-3.
Young knocks off second consecutive seed
Twenty-two year-old American Donald Young fresh off of his upset of Stanislas Wawrinka, upset the 24th seed Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina
“Pretty much every time I play here (US Open) they’re a hundred percent for me, said Young. “It feels great. At times it can be really good, and at times they can want you to win so bad they say a lot of things that at the time I know they mean well, but you’re kind of upset about it. Other than that, the crowd was great. Without them, I wouldn’t have won at all today. I don’t think I would have had a chance because, like I said, I was kind of getting a little fatigued. The energy was kind of going away. They definitely pushed me through.
“I’m not to where I want to be physically wise. I just want to just keep working on my game and get better. There’s a lot of things I can improve. I feel like you can always improve and never feel like you know everything, which was probably a big thing of mine. I felt I didn’t need to work as hard as other people. You know, talent beats hard work when talent doesn’t work hard.”
Young will face Andy Murray in the round of 16 whom he defeated earlier this year at the BNP Paribas Open.
Cry for me Argentina
On the men’s side Argentina had a rough day – all three men who played singles on Sunday lost. Juan Martin Del Potro fell to Gilles Simon, David Nalbandian lost to Rafael Nadal and Juan Ignacio Chela was bested by Donald Young.
(2) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. (22) Sabine Lisicki (GER) 62 63
(9) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. (25) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 62 67(15) 63
(26) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. (13) Peng Shuai (CHN) 64 76(6)
 R Nadal (ESP) d D Nalbandian (ARG) 76(5) 61 75
 A Murray (GBR) d  F Lopez (ESP) 61 64 62
 D Ferrer (ESP) d  F Mayer (GER) 61 62 76(2)
 G Simon (FRA) d  J del Potro (ARG) 46 76(5) 62 76(3)
 A Roddick (USA) d J Benneteau (FRA) 61 64 76(5)
 J Isner (USA) d A Bogomolov Jr. (USA) 76(9) 64 64
D Young (USA) d  J Chela (ARG) 75 64 63
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