Nadal ousted at Dubai tournament

March 1, 2007 at 3:47 PM
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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, March 1 (UPI) -- Defending champion Rafael Nadal was upset Thursday in the quarterfinals of the $1.5 million Dubai Tennis Championships.

Nadal, seeded second in the event, was knocked out in straight sets by Mikhail Youzhny, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3. Youzhny, who won last week's tournament in The Netherlands, owns an eight-match winning streak.

But the longest current win streak belongs to world No. 1 Roger Federer who notched his 39th consecutive win in a 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3 decision over seventh-seeded Novak Djokovic. Federer has won the Dubai event three times in the last five years and was runner-up to Nadal last year.

In other quarterfinal play Thursday, fifth-seeded Tommy Haas, who owns a 10-match winning streak, ran past Olivier Rochus, 6-0, 6-2, and Robin Soderling got past Fabrice Santoro, 6-1, 6-7 (2-7), 6-0.

Friday's semifinals send Federer against Haas and Soderling versus Youzhny.

The tournament champion will collect $300,000.

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