In the third round at the Sony Ericsson Open, Rafael Nadal was severely tested by David Nalbandian. Still, Nadal booked his passage into the round of 16 with a 6-7,6-2,6-2 victory. Andy Roddick breezed through, beating Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-2,6-1 to advance.
After Nadal secured the early break at 2-1, Nalbandian knotted the first set at 3 when Nadal double faulted on break point. From that point on, these two guarded serve. In the tiebreaker, Nadal dumped a backhand into the net to give Nalbandian a 2-1 mini-break lead. Later, Nadal leveled things at 4 all. Nalbandian erased a set point by Nadal, then, on his third set point captured the set when Nadal missed a forehand up the line.
Although Nadal began the second set with a couple of errors, he held serve. After wiping out a break point by Nalbandian, Nadal converted on a break point courtesy of his rival’s miscue. With a love game, Nadal consolidated for 5-2. Subsequently, the next game, Nadal broke a second time to close out the set.
After a love hold, Nalbandian faced break point his second time out in third set. Nadal went on to grab the break for 3-1. Again, with a love hold, Nadal moved ahead 4-1. Following an easy game for 2-4, Nalbandian tried to make a charge, but failed. Nadal extended his lead to 5-2. Then, at triple break/match point, with a forehand up the line winner, Nadal finished off the match.
Next up for Nadal is fellow Spaniard David Ferrer. The 15th seed defeated Ivo Karlovic 7-6,6-3. After his smooth entrance into the round of 16, Roddick has another potential easy adversary in Benjamin Becker. Becker prevailed over 18th seed Tommy Robredo 1-6,6-4,7-6.
After his glorious victory over Novak Djokovic, Oliver Rochus was brought down to earth by Thomaz Bellucci. Bellucci stopped Rochus, winning 6-3,6-4. In the succeeding round, Bellluci battles Nicolas Almagro. Almagro fought off Jeremy Chardy 6-2,6-7,6-3.
Juan Carlos Ferrero downed American John Isner 6-2,3-6,6-3. The upcoming challenge for Ferrero is Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The Frenchman ousted Phillip Kohlschreiber in straight sets 6-2,7-5.