Rafael Nadal, of Spain, returns the ball to Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay at the quarter-finals of the Rio Open tennis tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, early Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Felipe Dana
February 21, 2015

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Rafael Nadal must bounce back from a late night if he's going to make the final of the Rio Open.

Top-seeded Nadal played until 3:18 in the morning on Saturday before beating No. 6 Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay 4-6, 7-5, 6-0. The match almost set a record. The ATP says one non-Grand Slam match ended slightly later - 3:24 a.m. in Tokyo in 2006.

Nadal will have only about 16 hours to recover before facing No. 4 Fabio Fognini of Italy in the semis.

In an early semifinal Saturday in the ATP-WTA event, No. 6 Anna Schmiedlova of Slovakia defeated No. 2 Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.

Top-seeded Sara Errani faces Johanna Larsson in another semifinal, and David Ferrer plays Andreas Haider-Maurer.

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