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Last Updated: Wednesday, 24 January 2007, 09:06 GMT
Gonzalez v Nadal gamewatch
Australian Open, Melbourne Park

Quarter-final result:

F Gonzalez (Chi) v R Nadal (Spa)

6-2 6-4 6-3


By Caroline Cheese

Third set:

Gonzalez 6-2 6-4 6-3 Nadal
And that's it. One final error from Nadal and Gonzalez is through to his first Grand Slam semi-final. Even Federer might be a bit worried by this performance.

Gonzalez 6-2 6-4 5-3 Nadal
Easy. Ace, forehand winner, ace, forehand winner. Take that, Rafa.

Gonzalez 6-2 6-4 4-3 Nadal
Nadal's second love service game of the match, as Gonzalez's focus slips a little.

Gonzalez 6-2 6-4 4-2 Nadal
Surely just a question of whether Gonzo holds his nerve now, and there are signs of frailty in this game. He attempts two very hopeful drop shots - one of which gets Nadal back to deuce. The 10th seed hits back with a venomous forehand winner. "Frightening," says John Lloyd. Quite right.

"Nadal doesn't seem to have any idea how to combat the power and accuracy of Gonzalez."
BBC Sport's John Lloyd

Gonzalez 6-2 6-4 3-2 Nadal
Gonzalez demonstrates some Nadal-style retrieving at the back, finishing off with a stunning backhand pass to get him to 0-30. Rafa gets back to 30-30 but a wayward forehand gifts Gonzalez a break point. Uncle Toni rolls his eyes in disbelief. Gonzo belts a forehand return crosscourt and the Chilean is on the verge of his first Grand Slam semi.

Gonzalez 6-2 6-4 2-2 Nadal
Still no real clue as to what Nadal's injury is, but we're back to the action. Rafa earns a 30-15 lead with a brutal backhand pass after Gonzalez had done well to stay in the point. The Chilean hangs on.

Nadal calls for the trainer. No idea what the problem is... well, whatever it is, it involves Nadal taking his shorts off as the trainer explains to the umpire. A groin injury perhaps? Nadal and the trainer head off for a medical time-out. Gonzo is off to the toilet.

Gonzalez 6-2 6-4 1-2 Nadal
Awful start from Nadal - double fault, forehand error. He gets himself out of trouble thanks to a combination of his own dogged play and a couple of errors from Gonzalez.

Gonzalez 6-2 6-4 1-1 Nadal
No sign of Gonzo going off the boil just yet. The 10th seed rips a fabulous backhand past Nadal to take it to 30-15 and a deft volley brings up game points. At 40-30, the Chilean pulls off an unbelievable forehand pass from a Nadal lob - shot of the match.

Gonzalez 6-2 6-4 0-1 Nadal
Gonzalez makes his first correct challenge of the match but it doesn't help him as Nadal holds to 15.

"Gonzalez has to come out in this third set and play solid tennis. He must not let Nadal get an early break."
BBC Sport's John Lloyd

Second set:

Gonzalez 6-2 6-4 Nadal
Nadal does what he does best - makes his opponent play one more ball - and it earns him a 30-15 lead. But a huge serve from Gonzalez puts the Chilean back in control and when Nadal goes long on set point, the Chilean roars "vamos" and jogs to his chair. A disconsolate Nadal heads off for a 'comfort break'.

Gonzalez 6-2 5-4 Nadal
A bit sloppy from Gonzalez there. A few errors allow Nadal to hold easily - and quickly. Gonzalez will serve for a two-set lead after this changeover.

Gonzalez 6-2 5-3 Nadal
A huge roar from the Spanish contingent on Rod Laver Arena as Nadal puts away a brave backhand volley to make it deuce. A Gonzalez error hands Rafa a break point but the Chilean saves it with an audacious forehand winner. Could be a key hold for Gonzo.

"It sounds ridiculous, but I think it's more important for Gonzalez to win this set than Nadal. If Gonzalez doesn't win it after completely dominating it, I have doubts about where he would go from there."
BBC Sport's John Lloyd

Gonzalez 6-2 4-3 Nadal
Just as Nadal looks poised to wrap up a comfortable game, Gonzalez whips a backhand winner crosscourt to make it 40-30, but the Chilean messes up a return and Nadal holds.

Gonzalez 6-2 4-2 Nadal
Umpire Bernardes has a little chat with Nadal before the game about the Spaniard's language. It all goes to show just how rattled the world number two is - and it doesn't get any better as Gonzalez holds easily.

Gonzalez 6-2 3-2 Nadal
Gonzalez tries to conceal a smile as his mishit backhand almost hits umpire Carlos Bernardes. Meanwhile, a very subdued Nadal is hanging in there.

Gonzalez 6-2 3-1 Nadal
A fifth ace from Gonzalez wraps up an easy game and Stefanki is now nodding his head in approval.

Gonzalez 6-2 2-1 Nadal
Gonzalez is actually laughing now, as his attempted Sampras-style slam-dunk smash bounces before it even gets to the net. Coach Larry Stefanki is not amused. Nadal holds for the first time since game three.

Gonzalez 6-2 2-0 Nadal
A rueful smile from Gonzalez as his first Hawkeye challenge of the match fails - by about a millimetre. He can afford to smile. He gets to game point with a brilliant backhand overhead and the Chilean is in complete control.

Gonzalez 6-2 1-0 Nadal
The first shout of 'vamos' from Nadal as he punches away a forehand volley - but it only makes it 15-15 and Gonzalez is quickly back on top. He passes Nadal with ease to make it 15-40 and the out-of-form Spaniard dumps a forehand in the net.

First set:

Gonzalez 6-2 Nadal
At the changeover, coach Uncle Toni indicates to Rafa that he needs to move his feet. It doesn't help. Gonzalez's third ace makes it 40-0, and he is gifted a set by a backhand error from Nadal. The Chilean hit 12 winners in that set to Nadal's three.

Gonzalez 5-2 Nadal
Gonzalez goes to Plan A - belt the ball as hard as he can - and it pays dividends as he reaches 15-30. Nadal responds by netting a forehand and another error hands Gonzalez a double break.

Gonzalez 4-2 Nadal
It's erratic stuff from both players. A Gonzalez error hands Nadal his second break point of the match but the Chilean recovers with his favourite one-two punch - big serve, bigger forehand.

Gonzalez 3-2 Nadal
Gonzalez suddenly comes alive, running round his return to fire a sizzling inside-out forehand winner. It takes him to 0-30 and after a gruelling rally, he delivers another fabulous forehand down the line to earn three break points. Nadal saves two but then puts a forehand well long. First blood to Gonzalez.

Gonzalez 2-2 Nadal
Gonzalez shanks a backhand and hands Nadal an early break point opportunity, but the Chilean hits back with a booming serve. Gonzalez holds but he is definitely on the back foot for the moment.

Gonzalez 1-2 Nadal
Nadal has started well, wrapping up an easy hold with a serve down the 'T' which Gonzalez can't handle.

Gonzalez 1-1 Nadal
Gonzalez begins the game with an awful backhand, which sails long, wide and very much out. Still, the Chilean is quickly back on track, hammering down his second ace to draw level.

Gonzalez 0-1 Nadal
Decent start for the number two seed, hitting a couple of deep forehands to get the Chilean on the back foot. Gonzalez is tapping his racket, still trying to find his range.

0930 GMT: As I did not predict, it's Nadal to serve.

0928 GMT: A fan in the crowd is trying to engage Rafa's Uncle Toni in conversation. Uncle Toni looks a little unsettled by the whole thing.

0921 GMT: Brazilian umpire Carlos Bernardes conducts proceedings at the net in Spanish. Gonzalez won the toss and, with my limited Spanish, I'm going to take a guess that he'll serve first.

0917 GMT: Gonzalez is out first on court followed by Nadal, who gives a genial wave to the crowd. The Spaniard is clearly itching for action as he sits in his chair, twitching his legs.

0913 GMT: Rod Laver Arena is beginning to fill up again ahead of what could be a classic encounter pitting the hell-for-leather attack of Gonzalez against the awesome defence of Nadal.

0833 GMT: Tommy Haas completes an epic five-set win over third seed Nikolay Davydenko to set up a semi-final against Nadal or Gonzalez. The German comes back from a break and match point down in the fifth to reach the last four in Melbourne for the third time.

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