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Australian Open 2008



World number two Rafael Nadal
Nadal only dropped two points on serve in the first set
Spain's Rafael Nadal marched into the third round of the Australian Open with a comprehensive win over Florent Serra.

The world number two never looked back after winning the first eight games and raced to an easy 6-0 6-2 6-2 victory.

France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who ended Andy Murray's hopes in the first round, hit 54 winners and 14 aces to see off American Sam Warburg 6-4 7-6 (7-4) 6-2.

Russian fourth seed Nikolay Davydenko cruised past Nicolas Mahut of France 6-4 6-0 6-3.

Sixth seed Andy Roddick and Richard Gasquet, seeded eighth, also enjoyed easy wins on day three of the tournament.

Three-times semi-finalist Roddick swept aside German Michael Berrer 6-2 6-2 6-4 while Gasquet crushed Spain's Feliciano Lopez 6-2 6-1 6-3.

Nadal's victory came in similar emphatic style, as Serra struggled to cope with the Spaniard's forehand and made a raft of unforced errors.

Nadal said: "I am very happy. I hit the ball well, especially since it was only my second match of the tournament."

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Despite being constantly on the backfoot, the Frenchman still managed to break Nadal in the second and third sets but he was making far too many mistakes to capitalise.

Serra had his own serve broken nine times and Nadal went on to wrap up a straightforward win in an hour and 34 minutes.

"The important thing is I played much better than in the first round," Nadal added. "I played at a very high level in the first set.

"I'm happy about my improvement after first round, especially my serve and forehand - I'm trying to play a bit more aggressive and definitely serving better, which is good."

Elsewhere, seeds Mikhail Youzhny (14), Ivo Karlovic (20), Paul-Henri Mathieu (23), Jarkko Nieminen (24), and Gilles Simon (28) all progressed.

But 11th seed Tommy Robredo was sent tumbling by Mardy Fish - the American dropping only six games as he swept to a 6-1 6-2 6-3 victory.

Fish was delighed to exact revenge after losing to the Spaniard at the US Open last year, blowing a 4-1 lead in the fifth set.

"That was obviously a pretty devastating loss for me," said the unseeded American.

"There were a few spots there that I could have pulled myself through and didn't. This was a pretty nice revenge."

Swiss number two Stanislas Wawrinka, the number 26 seed, is out after retiring hurt while trailing 6-2 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 2-1 to France's Marc Giquel.

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