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  • Nadal takes care of Haas, into Aussie Open third round

    1/18/12 6:28 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Nadal takes care of Haas, into Aussie Open third round Rafael Nadal beats Tommy Haas in straight sets on Wednesday at the Australian Open. Nadal is joined in the third round by Tomas Berdych, a routine winner over Olivier Rochus.


    (2) Rafael Nadal d. Tommy Haas 6-4, 6-3, 6-4

    Nadal struck 36 winners and just 17 unforced errors as he defeated Haas in two hours and 29 minutes during second-round action at the Australian Open on Wednesday afternoon. The world No. 2 got off to a fast start by breaking the first game of the match. Haas eventually played his way into things, but not before he went down by two breaks. After Nadal donated serve once, he closed out the opening frame of play without too much trouble at 5-4.

    The Spaniard also opened the second with a break. Nadal's third break of the day came at 5-3 to close out the second set in style. Haas, who accounted himself well throughout the proceedings, did not go away without a fight. The 33-year-old German seized an immediate break for 1-0 but eventually gave two back. Nadal broke at 5-4 to end it, clinching his third match point when Haas sent a forehand wide. Next up for the 2009 champion is either Donald Young or Lukas Lacko.

    (7) Tomas Berdych d. Olivier Rochus 6-1, 6-0, 7-6(4)

    Berdych powered his way into the third round on Wednesday, blasting 21 aces while double-faulting just once to overwhelm Rochus. The Czech never dropped serve and had to save only one break point as he prevailed after one hour and 54 minutes. As expected, Berdych completely dictated the outcome of the match--and almost every point. He made 36 errors to Rochus' 19 but also fired 47 winners to Rochus' 10.

    The 5'6'' Belgian held his first service game of the match, but he promptly lost 11 consecutive games to fall behind by two sets after 58 minutes. Rochus, who finished runner-up last week in Auckland, raised his level in the third and managed to force a tiebreaker. In the end, however, Berdych had way too much game and rolled through the 'breaker seven points to four. Next up for the world No. 7 is Kevin Anderson, a four-set winner over Sergiy Stakhovsky.

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Folks - Lucas Lcko for Rafa 3rd round, whoz he and hows he?

Fed against Karlovic? That can be tricky isnt it or will Fed romp through? I dont think apart from being a boom server, Karlovic has any game at all.

Isner beat Nalby 10-8 in 2nd, Dolgo won 8-6 in 4th..some real tough matches

sanju , 1/18/12 11:09 AM


All i remember about lacko that he was Fed's last year 1st round opponent at AO!!

mani4Tennis , 1/18/12 12:32 PM



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