Wimbledon: Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer survive on day of upsets
On a day that featured numerous upsets among the women competing at Wimbledon, there was also a momentary scare for the men’s defending champion, top-seeded Rafael Nadal.
Nadal needed a timeout to treat what appeared to be an injured foot before coming back to beat 24th-seeded Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina 7-6 (6) 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-4.
Next up for Nadal is the only remaining American singles player, 10th-seeded Mardy Fish.
Fish, who lives in Beverly Hills, upset sixth-seed and 2010 Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-4 and moved to the quarterfinals of this tournament for the first time.
Six-time champion and third-seeded Roger Federer also dropped a set before beating 18th-seeded Mikhail Youzhny of Russia 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 while third-seeded Novak Djokovic enjoyed a quick and nerves-free 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 win over Michael Llodra of France.
-- Diane Pucin, reporting from Wimbledon
Photo: Rafael Nadal reacts after breaking the serve of Juan Martin del Potro. Credit: Suzanne Plunkett / Reuters