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Nadal through to Australian Open Third Round

By Ibrahim Taiwo , The Nigerian Voice Sports
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Top seed Rafael Nadal advanced to the last 32 of the Australian Open by shrugging off the challenge of Argentina's Leonardo Mayer in Melbourne.

Nadal beat world number 52, Mayer 6-3 6-4 7-6 (7-4) in two hours 38 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.

"I'm happy to be in the third round and the second victory in a row is very important news for me," said Nadal.

"Leonardo is a player with big potential, he hits the ball so strong. He is a very dangerous opponent.

"This tournament is my favourite of the year, so I want to stay here as long as possible."

Nadal lost the 2017 Australian Open final against Roger Federer.

    Nadal will play Bosnia and Herzegovina's Damir Dzumhur in the next round.