Nadal wins thriller

Wimbledon, July 5:

Rafael Nadal staged a rousing comeback from two sets down to defeat gallant Russian Mikhail Youzhny on Thursday and reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals.

The Spanish second seed triumphed 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in an enthralling three-hour contest and will now face seventh seed Czech Tomas Berdych for a place in the semi-finals. It was the second five-setter for the French Open champion after seeing off Robin Soderling in the third round.

In the women’s draw, Venus Williams moved to within two matches of a fourth singles crown after a straight sets win over former US Open winner Svetlana Kuznetsova in her quarter-final. The American beat the Russian fifth seed 6-3, 6-4 to advance to a semi-final meeting with Ana Ivanovic of Serbia. Ivanovic came from a set down and saved three match points before overcoming Czech Nicole Vaidisova 4-6, 6-2, 7-5.

Also, Cypriot 10th seed Marcos Baghdatis beat Russian sixth seed Nikolay Davydenko 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals.