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Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 01/20/2011

Rafael Nadal rolls into third round of Australian Open

By Cindy Boren

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).

raffyarmani.jpgNadal 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.

By Cindy Boren  | January 20, 2011; 10:31 AM ET
Categories:  Tennis  
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That is a nearly identical re-creation of my senior portrait.

Posted by: freakzilla | January 20, 2011 11:13 AM | Report abuse

By "nearly identical," I'm guessing you mean your hair was shorter.

Posted by: Cindy Boren | January 20, 2011 11:19 AM | Report abuse

No, I was wearing Zubas.

Posted by: freakzilla | January 20, 2011 11:23 AM | Report abuse

After this picture was taken, he immediately stood up and picked that azz!

Posted by: SMACK1 | January 20, 2011 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Remember the Seinfeld epi in which George posed for a photo for the photo-developer? That's what the Nadal pic reminds me of.

Posted by: CindyBoren | January 20, 2011 2:37 PM | Report abuse

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