Johansson upsets Nadal

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:37 IST

Joachim Johansson upset top-seeded Rafael Nadal 6-4, 7-6 (4) to reach the Stockholm Open quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Stockholm: Joachim Johansson upset top-seeded Rafael Nadal 6-4, 7-6 (4) to reach the Stockholm Open quarterfinals on Wednesday. Johansson, whose father Leif upset then top-ranked Stan Smith at the 1971 event in the Swedish capital, was ranked 690th by the ATP going into the tournament. He had been sidelined for five months because of right shoulder and elbow injuries since returning for a Challenger Tour event in July. This is his first ATP event since February. Johansson aced Nadal four times in the opening game and broke to lead 2-1. The Swede saved a break point at 5-4 before clinching the set on his third set point. In the second set, both players held serve until the tibreaker. Johansson took a 5-4 lead. Another ace, his 17th in the match, gave him two match points. 'Greatest win' He failed to convert the first, but won the second for the match and one of his career best results. "It's my greatest win ever," Johansson said. "I had to play aggressive. You can't get involved in long rallies with him. He's so good and patient." Nadal, playing in only the 10th indoor tournament of his career, was impressed by Johansson. "He played with confidence and without pressure, very aggressively. I did not play a bad match. His serve is top five for sure," Nadal said. Earlier, defending champion James Blake downed Thomas Johansson of Sweden 6-3, 6-2 in the first round. (AP)
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