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Rafael Nadal & Novak Djokovic advance at Queen's Club

Aegon Championships
Venue: Queen's Club Date: 7-13 June
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Rafael Nadal

Highlights - Nadal eases through at Queen's

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic started their grass-court seasons with comfortable victories in round two of the Aegon Championships at Queen's.

World number one Nadal eased to a 6-2 6-2 win against Brazil's Marcos Daniel to seal a meeting with Denis Istomin.

Djokovic, the world number three and second seed, was a 6-3 6-3 winner against Paolo Lorenzi of Italy.

British number one Andy Murray, seeded third, will play Mardy Fish after the American saw off Santiago Giraldo.

Fish, 28, beat his Colombian opponent 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 to set up a meeting with the defending champion on Thursday.

The last three months weren't easy, I played a lot of matches. I need to spend a few days at home but I have special motivation to play well now on grass

Rafael Nadal

The pair have met five times previously and Murray, 23, has a 3-2 head-to-head advantage, including a 7-5 6-3 win over the world number 90 on his way to the Queen's title in 2009.

"He was playing some spectacular tennis at the time and pretty much kicked my butt from the start last year," said Fish. "I remember I had to serve really well just to get to five-all in the first set. He served great.

"Hopefully I can get a few more chances on his service games, but if he serves well, he's extremely tough because his return is one of the best in the world."

Murray hopes to become the first Briton since 1914 to retain the Queen's title and but the Scot got a taste of what he will be up against as he and brother Jamie were beaten 6-3 6-3 by Fish and Mark Knowles in the doubles on Wednesday.

Nadal, meanwhile, will go into his first ever meeting with Istomin in confident mood after comfortably dispatching Daniel and extending his unbeaten run on grass to 13 matches.

His last defeat was by Roger Federer in the 2007 Wimbledon final and he is attempting to reclaim the Queen's title he was prevented him from defending in 2009 because of a knee injury.

Novak Djokovic
Djokovic lost a thrilling 2008 Queen's final to Nadal

The newly-crowned French Open champion, who practised at Queen's less than 24 hours after winning his fifth Roland Garros title, was keen to spend as much time as possible on grass before Wimbledon.

"It is difficult to adapt but I am happy to be back on grass, it is one of the surfaces I enjoy playing on," said the Spaniard who later partnered compatriot Marc Lopez to victory over Rainer Schuettler and Janko Tipsarevic.

"One year ago I was injured and now I am not injured. That's the big difference. I wasn't ready to play. I wasn't ready to play Wimbledon and to try to have a good result there.

"I'm very happy to be number one because I did things well for probably the last year. But it is nothing special to me.

"I think I am a better player because I am a more complete player."

But Nadal added that he was unhappy at the length of the hardcourt season with the two-month claycourt season, which ends with the French Open, and the four-week grasscourt season the only break in the year.

"For me, the worst surface is hardcourt; not grass, not clay. Hardcourt is very difficult, is very, very aggressive for the ankles, for the knees, for the back, for everything," he said.

"Seems like tennis is always moving to play more and more in these kind of [hard]surfaces but my feeling is it's always a big mistake because the grass is soft, the clay is soft, and the movements are more natural.

"On hard you [play] all the time very aggressive. That's bad for the knees and for the ankles, for everything. I feel it worse when I play on hard and than the rest of the surfaces."

606: DEBATE

Djokovic followed Nadal on court for his second-round match against Lorenzi and was similarly comfortable.

The Serb will next meet Belgium's Xavier Malisse after he battled to a 6-2 3-6 6-2 victory over Bernard Tomic of Australia.

Uzbek 16th seed Istomin secured a meeting with Nadal after beating Dustin Brown 7-6 (9-7) 6-4, fifth seed Marin Cilic survived a scare before beating Nicolas Mahut 6-7 6-3 6-2 and eighth seed Feliciano Lopez overcame Grigor Dimitrov 6-2 6-4.

Next up for Lopez is ninth seed Julien Benneteau of France, who beat Kevin Anderson 7-5 6-3, while 14th seed Dudi Sela will play fourth seed Andy Roddick after a 7-5 6-2 win against Gilles Muller.

There was also a victory for big-serving seventh seed Sam Querrey, who ousted fellow American Robby Ginepri 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 to earn a match with Spain's Marcel Granollers, who thrashed Marc Gicquel 6-1 6-4.

There was also a win for fifth seed Marin Cilic of Croatia who beat Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-2.



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