NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 08: Andy Roddick of the United States returns a shot against David Ferrer of Spain during Day Eleven of the 2011 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for USTA)

Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, Andy Murray, John Isner Advance To U.S. Open 2011 Quarters

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Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick Among Those Earning U.S. Open 2011 Quarterfinal Berths

Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Americans Andy Roddick and John Isner have advanced to the quarter-finals of the 2011 U.S. Open.

Nadal faced a stiff challenge from Luxembourg's Gilles Muller, who pushed the second-seeded Nadal to a tiebreaker in the 65-minute first set before the Spaniard breezed through the final two sets in a total of 63 minutes. Nadal won on 73% of his first serves, while Muller committed 43 unforced errors. No. 4-seed Murray needed just under two hours to dispose of American Donald Young in straight sets 6-2, 6-3, 6-3.

No. 21 Roddick and No. 28 Isner needed four sets to advance to the quarter-finals. Roddick took a two-set lead on No. 5  David Ferrer of Spain before dropping the third set 6-3. Roddick responded with a 6-3 win in the final set. The 26-year-old Isner needed a little over three hours to upset No. 12 Gilles Simon of France, winning all three of his sets via tiebreakers.

Roddick and Isner advancing gives the United States two U.S. Open quarter-finalists for the first time since 2008. Roddick's next match will be against Nadal, while Isner draws Murray.

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Federer, Djokovic, Nadal, Roddick, Wozniacki And Williams All In Action Thursday At 2011 U.S. Open

Two-straight days of rain-outs at the 2011 U.S. Open mean that, weather-permitting, Thursday is going to be one of the jam-packed and star-studded days of tennis in a long time.

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