Nadal gets another win in Paris

June 3, 2006 at 5:26 PM
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PARIS, June 3 (UPI) -- No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal of Spain rallied Saturday to beat France's Paul-Henri Mathieu in the third round of the French Open Tennis Tournament in Paris.

The scores were 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4, in a match that lasted nearly five hours.

Nadal, the defending men's champion, was celebrating his 20th birthday. He extended his record clay-court winning streak to 56 matches -- with his last loss on clay coming on April 8, 2005, against Igor Andreev of Russia.

Other winners on Saturday included 14th-seeded Lleyton Hewitt -- who will face Nadal in the fourth round -- non-seeds Alberto Martin and Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo of Spain and Novak Djokovic of Serbia.

Before it got too dark too play, No. 4 Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia was leading Juan Monaco of Argentina, 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 4-2; and No. 8 James Blake of the United States was tied with Gael Monfils of France, 2-6, 7-6 (7-2).

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