Rome Masters: Rafael Nadal survives Ernests Gulbis test

He will next face compatriot David Ferrer, who advanced in a walkover against Philipp Kohlschreiber, who was suffering from vertigo.

updated: May 17, 2013 09:32 IST
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Rome: Defending champion Rafael Nadal endured a three-set thriller before overcoming big-hitting Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis 1-6, 7-5, 6-4 on Thursday to reach the Rome Masters quarter-finals.

Gulbis, ranked 46th, and a winner in Rome in 2010 over Roger Federer on his way to the semi-finals, saved two match points in the third set, but finally went down when he sent a forehand wide to the massive relief of a dancing, celebrating Nadal.

The Spaniard now stands 6-0 against Gulbis as he bids for a seventh Rome title.

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  • Tennis
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  • Andy Roddick
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