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Last Updated: Monday, 29 March, 2004, 04:03 GMT 05:03 UK
Nadal stuns Federer
Rafael Nadal
World number one and top seed Roger Federer was beaten in the third round of the Nasdaq-100 Open by rising Spanish star Rafael Nadal.

The 17-year-old Nadal needed just 69 minutes to wrap up a 6-3 6-3 win and inflict just the second defeat of the year on Wimbledon champion Federer.

The left-handed Spaniard did not face a break point as he took Federer apart with some relentless hitting.

Nadal will now play Chile's Fernando Gonzalez for a place in the last eight.

He hit some really incredible shots - and that's what youngsters do
Roger Federer

Federer served eight aces and just two double faults but could not get to grips with Nadal's service with the Spaniard getting 79% of his first serves in.

"I served extremely well. Probably I never served like this before in my life - that was the key," said Nadal.

"I played almost perfect tennis," added the Spaniard, who is the youngest player in the draw.

"I was pressing him. I knew the most important point was I couldn't let him play his own game. From the first point I had to dictate the exchange."

Federer said he was aware of Nadal's reputation as one of the new stars of men's tennis.

"I've heard a lot about him and saw some of his matches, so this is not a big surprise," said the Australian Open champion.

"He hit some really incredible shots, and that's what youngsters do," added the 22-year-old.

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