Routine wins for Nadal, Federer

Routine wins for Nadal, Federer

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer both recorded straight sets victories to advance to the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday.

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer both recorded straight sets victories to advance to the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday.

On a day that saw play halted in Melbourne for more than four hours due to extreme heat, Nadal eased past local player Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-2 6-4 6-2, while Federer showed some scintillating form in the opening two sets before winning 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 (7/4) against Slovenia’s Blaz Kavcic.

The 17-year-old Kokkinakis reached the final of the junior Opens in Both Australia and the US last year, and underlined his undoubted talent by hitting 21 winners against the world number one.

Nevertheless, the Australian was unable to match Nadal’s power and fitness despite cheers from the rowdy fans at the Rod Laver Arena.

Federer was playing away from the Rod Laver Arena for the first time in 10 years and hit 52 winners in a highly entertaining match against the world number 99.

While Kavcic improved as the match went on, B Federer played the pressure points the better to finish well on top in front of an adoring crowd.

Joining the pair in the third round is Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, also needed only three sets to beat Thomaz Bellucci 7-6 6-4 6-4, while there were also second round victories for Kei Nishikori and Donald Young.

Several matches on the outer courts were interrupted as play was halted during the extreme heat in Melbourne and are yet to resume at the time of writing.

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