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Nadal outlasts Zverev to reach 4th round

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Rafael Nadal had a good, hard look at the future before pulling a few tricks from his past to hold it back - for now.

The 14-time Grand Slam winner, still recovering from a couple of months off with an injured left wrist, rallied for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-2 win over German teenager Alexander Zverev on Saturday to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open.

The 30-year-old Spaniard finished stronger in the 4-hour, 6-minute match on Rod Laver Arena as Zverev, widely touted as a Grand Slam champion of the future, tightened up with cramping and nerves.

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2017 ATP Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 A. Murray 12,560
2 N. Djokovic 11,780
3 M. Raonic 5,290
4 S. Wawrinka 5,155
5 K. Nishikori 5,010
6 G. Monfils 3,625
7 M. Cilic 3,605
8 D. Thiem 3,415
9 R. Nadal 3,195
10 T. Berdych 3,060
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2017 WTA Rankings
Rank Player Points
1 A. Kerber 8,875
2 S. Williams 7,080
3 A. Radwanska 5,625
4 S. Halep 5,073
5 K. Pliskova 4,970
6 D. Cibulkova 4,865
7 G. Muguruza 4,420
8 M. Keys 4,137
9 J. Konta 4,055
10 S. Kuznetsova 3,745
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