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Nadal Ratchets up Form in Four Set Win over Daniel

Wikipedia describes yin and yang as "the combination or fusion of the two cosmic forces".

The paradox is that both Youzhny and Daniel did to Federer and Nadal respectively what those champions so often have done to lesser lights: stretched them to the point of physical and spiritual exhaustion. In winning the Australian Open, he beat Stan Wawrinka and Rafael Nadal in five-setters to win the title, but here he did so again, this time doing so in the first two matches. "I had to come up with something", Federer said. "Because I've played a lot, I definitely found some rhythm now".

Daniel, who was born in NY but played in the Olympics for Japan, is ranked 118th in the world and has never advanced past the second round in a Grand Slam. Eventually, Federer nosed ahead, aided by the considerable dip in the 35-year-old Youzhny's level of play.

"Just the unknown of the (sore) back in the first round, pressure of being back on Ashe, the rust was clearly there, then not quite knowing (if I can) pick up my game", Federer said. "So that's to fix a little bit. There are nerves to play in this wonderful place". Nadal will surely have sensed that Daniel, who played three hours and five sets on Thursday at the back end of a rain-wrecked schedule, was growing steadily more tired under the weight of his heavy hitting.

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A number of players will be on the court for a second straight day Thursday after nearly all of Tuesday's action was postponed by rain.

On the court, the two cosmic tennis forces could not be more different.

The disappointing manner of his performance at Arthur Ashe Stadium may have led to concerns that Nadal, now 31, might be feeling the pace of a relentless and busy 2017 campaign. That style of play has kept him mostly injury free for most of his career. Alexander Zverev and Grigor Dimitrov - the winners of the last two Masters tournaments before the Grand Slam and Top 10 players - lost out in the second round.

"I'm obviously disappointed with the outcome today, but I do like the trend that it seems the more I'm on court with players in the Top 10 at the top of the game", Gibbs explained.

Federer, of course, has nothing but praise for Nadal's game. She also was the French Open champion in 2009. "I was thinking before the match - I have to play my rhythm, my speed, because I know with my speed I can compete with any of the top players and I did it". "I believe I can do it".



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