Australian Open: Nadal, Murray Undisturbed
Top seeded Rafa Nadal keeps the sheet clean on his way to the fourth straight Grand trophy. World No 1 eased into the third round after beating Ryan Sweeting of US in straight sets 6-2, 6-1, 6-1.
The 24-year-old Spaniard, who hasn’t lost any set, needed just one hour and 41 minutes to send the American packing from Australia. Nadal broke Sweeting in the very first game of the match to repeat the performance in the seventh game. He went 5-2 and grabbed the opener on his service. Instead of waking up, the American started to lose pace as the game progressed.
The Spanish player broke him twice early in the second set to go 4-0 and pick up the set to one. Finally, the last set included five break points. Nadal won the first two only to be re-broken at 1-4. He simply proved to be unstoppable. Sweeting was sweating too much, while the title favorite was playing his best tennis. Another break brought him the victory and a place into the third round.
Said Nadal: “I think I played a solid match. A few mistakes with the backhand, that’s all. My serve improved a lot from the first day.” Sweeting, too looked pleased with his play despite the embarrassing defeat. “I played as best as I could have today. I think I could have served a little bit better. But I felt like in order to win a point, I had to execute perfectly. And he didn’t give me anything for free, which is tough. I’m used to that, playing these matches,” he said.
Nadal is to meet Bernard Tomic in the next round. The Austrian stunned Feliciano Lopez in straight uneasy sets, 7-6, 7-6, 6-3. Rafa joins Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick, Tomas Berdych and Fernando Verdasco into the third term.
World No 5 Andy Murray is also qualified for the third round. The Scott, who is still looking for his first major of career, grabbed a clear stylish victory from Ukrainian Illya Marchenko whom he defeated 6-1, 6-3, 6-3. Murray won two break points in the opener, while the second set saw the Brit led 2-0. Not only did he level the score, but even went 4-2 at one point. One break and a game won at service put him 2-0.
Concerning the last set, it saw both players going head-to-heat until the sixth game when the Scott broke Marchenko to take a 4-2 lead that allowed him win the match on his serves. Murray will next face Spaniard Guillermo Garcia Lopez.
Other second round results:
Marcos Baghdatis / Juan Martin del Potro 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
Jurgen Melzer / Pere Riba 6-2, 6-4, 6-2
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga / Andreas Seppi 6-3, 7-6, 7-6
Alexandr Dolgopolov / Benjamin Becker 6-3, 6-0, 3-6, 7-6
Jan Hernych / Thomaz Belluci 6-2, 6-7, 6-4, 6-7, 8-6
Robin Soderling / Gilles Muller 6-3, 7-6, 6-1
David Ferrer / Michael Russell 6-0, 6-1, 7-5
Richard Berankis / David Nalbandian 6-1, 6-0, 2-0 abandoned
Milos Raonic / Michael Llodra 7-6, 6-3, 7-6
Mikhail Youzhny / Blaz Kavcic 6-3, 6-1, 5-7, 4-6, 6-1
Marin Cilic / Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 7-6, 6-1
John Isner / Radek Stepanek 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-1
Tomas Berdych – Richard Gasquet
Kei Nishikori – Fernando Verdasco
Nicolas Almagro – Ivan Ljubicic
Viktor Troicki – Novak Djokovic
Andy Roddick – Robin Haase
Stanislas Wawrinka – Gael Monfils
Tommy Robredo – Sergiy Stakhovsky
Xavier Malisse – Roger Federer11