Rafael Nadal rolls into third round of Australian Open
Rafael Nadal took another step, and a fairly easy step it was, closer to becoming the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time.
He beat Ryan Sweeting, an American qualifier, 6-2, 6-1, 6-1, in the Australian Open in Melbourne and next plays Bernard Tomic of Australia on Saturday. After retiring in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open a year ago because of knee problems, Nadal has won 23 matches in a row (starting with the first round of the French Open).
Nadal was pretty relaxed about the victory, almost as relaxed as he appears in his role as the new pitchman for Armani (pretty smooth way to sneak that in, if I do say so myself).
"Practice a little bit tomorrow, rest in the hotel, maybe going to the aquarium -- I go every year. Nothing different," Nadal said. "If I start getting nervous two days before a match, I have a big problem."
Also advancing was Kim Clijsters, who beat Carla Suarez Navarro, 6-1, 6-3. Jelena Jankovic lost to Peng Shuai 7-6 (3), 6-3.
| January 20, 2011; 10:31 AM ET
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