Racket Reaction: Rafael Nadal healthy, happy and winning

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But at the age of 30, Rafael Nadal still has the look of urgency in his brown eyes, the fierce concentration on his face, the perpetually furrowed brow.

After the second point of Friday night's third game against Andrey Kuznetsov, there was another familiar sight -- a comforting one if you are a Rafa fan -- the vintage celebratory uppercut. Rafa dominated with a 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 victory.

But three of Nadal's 37 wins this year have come against the unfortunate 25-year-old Russian -- in three different continents: Asia (Doha), Madrid (Europe) and now North America. Meanwhile, top seed Novak Djokovic also progressed to the 4th round after his opponent Mikhail Youzhny retired midway through the first set.

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