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Young stars Nadal, Murray to clash

By Sam Lienert 22/01/2007 06:26:01 AM Comments (0)

The only two men to beat world No.1 Roger Federer last year will meet in the fourth round of the Australian Open at Rod Laver Arena.

Spanish second seed Rafael Nadal, 20, will play Scottish 15th seed Andy Murray, 19, in a clash of two of the brightest young stars in men's tennis.

Murray beat Federer in a Masters Series tournament in Cincinnati in August, while Nadal won four of his six matches against Federer in 2006.

Monday night's match will be the first meeting between Nadal and Murray.

The reward for the victor will be a quarter-final against either American fifth seed James Blake or Chilean 10th seed Fernando Gonzalez, who will play each other earlier Monday.

Gonzalez blasted Australia's Lleyton Hewitt out of the tournament in the third round on Saturday night.

In the women's draw, world No.1 Maria Sharapova will take on fellow Russian Vera Zvonareva, the 22nd seed.

In Monday's opening match, three-time Australian Open winner Martina Hingis will play China's Na Li.

The winner of that match will book a quarter-final berth against either Belgian Kim Clijsters, the fourth seed, or Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova, who also play.

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