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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Youzhny Implodes Against Nadal

ReutersNadal, left, and Youzhny taking a break during their Wimbledon match Thursday. The Russian gave up a two-set lead.
WIMBLEDON, England -- With two straight sets under his belt, Mikhail Youzhny on Thursday was technically just six games away from defeating world No. 2 Rafael Nadal and advancing to the Wimbledon quarterfinals.

It was not to be, and the Russian would win only five games throughout the remainder of the match as Nadal bounced back in the final three sets to win 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-2.

Youzhny, one of only three players to have beaten Nadal twice in the last year, struggled midway through the match with pain in his lower back.

He called for a trainer after losing the third set. Lying on his stomach, Youzhny had his lower back massaged. After the fifth game of the fourth set, he was again on the ground with the trainer stretching his back.

It was Spaniard's second five-set battle in the tournament. His third-round match, which was supposed to begin Saturday, didn't finish until Wednesday.

Youzhny's compatriot, No. 6 Nikolai Davydenko, also lost in in his fourth-round match Thursday to No. 10 Marcos Baghdatis 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5), 6-3.

In the women's draw, Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova fell to Venus Williams, who played outstanding tennis to win in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.

There was one brief rain delay on some courts Thursday, meaning it has drizzled on nine of the tournament's 10 days. But Wimbledon referee Andrew Jarrett said he was confident that the tournament would finish on time, despite all the rain.