31 Mar 2009

Nadal holds off Gil in Miami

2:36 pm on 31 March 2009

The world tennis number one Rafael Nadal held off a strong challenge from Portugal's Frederico Gil to book a place in the fourth round of the WTA tournament in Miami.

The strong-serving Spaniard broke service twice in the first set to take it 7-5.

The aggressive Gil broke broke early to go 2-0 up in the second but Nadal took control to win 6-3.

He'll face either Russia's Igor Andreev or Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka.

Others to progress include the sixth-seeded Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, who won in Auckland in January.