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Dudi Sela will face former champion Andy Roddick in the last 16 at London’s
Queens Club after completing a 7-6(5), 6-2 win over Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller
The match had begun on Tuesday but only the first set was
played before bad light stopped play, forcing its conclusion to be delayed till
The 25-year-old Israeli is aiming to repeat his impressive
grass court displays of last season which saw him reach the fourth round
Roddick, who had a bye in the first round, had an easy time in
his second round match against Igor Kunitsyn on Tuesday. The American
No. 4 seed
won 6-2, 6-1 in only 50 minutes, the quickest victory of the day.
will be only the second time Sela, currently ranked 63 in the world, has
The man from Kiryat Shmona played Roddick in the final of the
Beijing tournament in 2008, where he put up a good fight but lost in
Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal, playing his first match since winning the
French Open, beat Brazil’s Marcos Daniel 6-2, 6-2 on Wednesday to reach
third round of the grasscourt tournament.
The Spaniard comfortably made
the transition from the clay of Roland Garros to grass, staying in
throughout Wednesday’s rain-interrupted match.
Play was stopped by light
rain with Nadal leading 2-1 in the second set, and the Spaniard signed
autographs as he left the court.
When play resumed after a 14- minute
delay, Nadal broke at love to lead 4-2 when Daniel made a forehand
It was Nadal’s first match on grass since beating Roger Federer in
the 2008 Wimbledon final.
Nadal beat Robin Soderling in the French Open
final Sunday to supplant Federer at No. 1 in the rankings.AP contributed
to this report.