NEW YORK: More than 23,000 concerned pair of eyes on Arthur Ashe Stadium zoomed in on Rafael Nadals stomach on Sunday as he lay flat on his back with his canary yellow shirt pulled up to his chest. Sebastian Janikowski Jersey
. Rafael Nadal of Spain receives medical treatment during his match against compatriot Nicolas Almagro at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York September 6, 2009. [Agencies] With a white towel covering his face, there was no way to guess the pain or the torment Nadal was going through as it seemed his injury jinx had struck again during his US Open third-round match against childhood friend Nicolas Almagro. While the Spaniard shielded himself from peering eyes, a tournament trainer went about his business by quickly spraying and taping Nadals stomach during the three-minute medical time out the third seed is allowed to take. Job done, Nadal got back on the feet but over the next few minutes it became clear that this latest setback was one the six-times grand slam champion could have done without. After resuming the third set at 2-1 down, Nadal grimaced on several occasions as he poked the afflicted area between points but hung on to beat fellow Spaniard Almagro 7-5 6-4 6-4. Match over, there was only one topic tennis followers wanted to discuss. Related readings: Rested Nadal a real threat at US Open Nadal back on the prowl, Safin escapes the zoo Nadal nearing peak fitness, says expert Nadal may hit peak fitness at US Open Happy Nadal says he has exceeded expectations Well, all tennis followers except Nadal. I know everybody want to talk about the injury. I really dont want to talk about that. Thats the thing, said the world number three, who was sidelined during June and July with tendinitis in both knees. Not satisfied with the Spaniards answer, he was prodded again for an explanation but politely replied: I said I dont want to talk about injuries. Sorry. I am a little bit tired to talk about injuries. I am here to try my best every day. I won the match in three sets, so happy for that. Im going to try my best next round. Thats all. His reluctance to divulge the extent of his problem, which television commentators described as a right abdominal muscle injury, does not bode well for the Spaniard in an event where he is still required to play at least four best-of-five-set matches if he is to win the one major that has so far eluded him. The way Nadal plays puts a huge amount of pressure on his body -- the leaping in the air to administer the exaggerated topspin, the chasing and the sliding -- and if all the components of his game do not click together, he could be heading for another heartache. For now, Nadal refused to entertain the idea that another grand slam run could be aborted due to his injury woes. I am playing here. Im always gonna play here. No one wants to miss another grand slam, said Nadal, who missed out on defending his Wimbledon crown in June. Peyton Hillis Jersey
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. The 25-year-old Wozniak, from Blainville, Que., downed former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic 6-2, 6-3 on Thursday to go farther than ever before at the US$2.168-million hardcourt tournament once known as the Canadian Open. BOSTON -- Adrian Gonzalezs two chances to rally the Red Sox late ended in disappointment. He wasnt alone. The Red Sox struggled throughout the night to get runners on base, then failed to deliver once they reached in a 4-2 loss to the Athletics on Wednesday night. Gonzalez went 0-for-4, striking out with the bases loaded and two out in the seventh, then grounded out with a runner on third after the Red Sox had pulled within two runs. "This game is all on me. I had two great opportunities and I didnt come through," Gonzalez said. "I should have come through one of those times and I just wasnt able to. I feel great physically. Im not tired at all. I just didnt come through. It wont happen again." As much as he wanted to shoulder the blame, Gonzalez had plenty of company. The Red Sox finished with just eight hits, leaving 11 runners on base and going 0-for-13 with runners in scorning position. The only high point was third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who made his major league debut with a pair of hits, starting with an infield single in the fifth. "I was like, Man, I wish I got a real hit. The next at-bat went a little better," said Middlebrooks, who lined a double to right in the seventh. Middlebrooks also walked in the first and finished 2-for-3, giving him a .667 average in the majors. "The first two innings I was still in la-la land. About the third inning I realized hey, its just like every other game. Just more people watching," he said. "I kind of was able to settle in and get comfortable." As was Oaklands Brandon McCarthy, who held Boston to one run over 6 2-3 innings. Seth Smith drove in a pair of runs for Oakland. The As, who started the day with the majors worst batting average and fewest runs in the AL, took two of three games from the Red Sox. Boston has lost seven of its last eight in Fenway Park. McCarthy (2-3) allowed five hits, walked three and fanned four. He improved to 8-0 with a 3.34 ERA since 2009 against AL East clubs. Brian Fuentes gave up Dustin Pedroias RBI double in the ninth, but got his first save. Daniel Bard (2-3) took the loss, allowing four runs on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings. Middlebrooks was called up earlierr in the day when Kevin Youkilis was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained lower back, went 2 for 3 with a double and a stolen base in his first major league game. Darrius Heyward-Bey Jersey
. David Ortiz went 2 for 4 and is hitting .488 in Fenway. They combined for half of Bostons hits. Bard breezed through the first three innings, allowing only Cliff Penningtons first-inning single and a walk in each of the next two before the As grabbed a 1-0 lead on Smiths RBI single in the fourth. They took advantage of left fielder Cody Ross misplaying Smiths RBI double in the sixth, scored three runs and chased Bard to open a 4-0 edge. "A little adversity in the seventh there cost him a few runs. Other than that he pitched really well," Boston manager Bobby Valentine said. "He had some pitches that he thought could have been strikes. In those innings, those are pages you have to turn. Im sure he will." Smith lofted a fly near the corner that Ross overran, and the ball bounced on the track behind him. Kila Kaaihue followed with a double into the right-field corner and, after Bard hit Kurt Suzuki on the left hand, Brandon Inge had an RBI double. Matt Albers got the next two batters, stranding runners on second and third. Boston had the first two runners on in the fifth, but Marlon Byrd failed on two sacrifice attempts before popping out. McCarthy then easily retired the next two hitters -- Mike Aviles and Ryan Sweeney. Byrds sacrifice fly made it 4-1 in the seventh. Bostons Adrian Gonzalez struck out with the bases loaded to end the seventh and bounced out to end the game. He went 0 for 4 and is hitless for his last 15 at-bats. NOTES: Middlebrooks drew a four-pitch walk in his first plate appearance, then stole his first base four pitches later. He had an infield hit in his first at-bat. ... The teams wore 1936 throwback uniforms. That year, the As -- then in Philadelphia -- sold Jimmie Foxx to the Red Sox. His daughter, Nanci Foxx Canaday, was at the game. ... Oakland 2B Jemile Weeks was out with a strained groin and manager Bob Melvin felt it would be best to rest him with an off-day on Thursday. ... Boston C Jarrod Saltalamacchia turned 27 Wednesday. ' ' '