Nadal, Soderling, Murray advance in Oz

Rafael Nadal of Spain serves to Bernard Tomic of Australia during their match at the Australian...

Rafael Nadal of Spain serves to Bernard Tomic of Australia during their match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, January 22, 2011.

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MELBOURNE - Rafael Nadal, Robin Soderling and Andy Murray were among the third-round winners Saturday at the 2011 Australian Open.

The top-seeded Nadal continued his march toward a fourth straight Grand Slam title by taking out the last remaining Australian in the draw, 18-year-old Bernard Tomic, 6-2, 7-5, 6-3, in the final match of the night at Laver Arena. Soderling, the fourth seed, blew past Jan Hernych of the Czech Republic, 6-3, 6-1, 6-4, and the fifth-seeded Murray also had little trouble in a 6-1, 6-1, 6-2 rout of Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.

Other seeded winners included Spain's David Ferrer and Austrian veteran Jurgen Melzer, while there were a couple of upsets. Canada's Milos Raonic took out 10th-seeded Mikhail Youzhny of Russia and Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov eliminated France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, this year's 13th seed and the 2008 Aussie Open runner-up.

Nadal, the 2009 Australian Open champ, has not dropped a set in his first three matches, but had a little hiccup in the second set on Saturday. Tomic, after dropping the first set in 44 minutes, raced out to a 4-0 lead in the second set.

The world's top-ranked player, however, regrouped by winning the next four games. He broke for a 6-5 lead and quickly held serve in the next game to close out the set. Another break of serve to start the third sent Nadal on his way to a 24th straight Grand Slam match win and a fourth-round matchup with Marin Cilic of Croatia.

"I started the match playing well, but [Tomic] is this kind of player, he makes you play bad," said Nadal after the match. "It's very difficult to move him from the baseline. At the end of the match, I think I did something better, I was going to the net more times."

Cilic, the 15th seed, advanced with a five-set thriller against American John Isner, coming back to post a 4-6, 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-2), 9-7 victory. A semifinalist last year in Melbourne, Cilic needed four hours and 33 minutes to sneak past the big-serving Isner, who fired up 26 aces on Saturday.

"I expected him to serve big, but not that big," Cilic said. "At some moments, I felt that it was really difficult to get a rhythm on his serve. At the end of the match, I just tried to stay in, started to serve much better, and felt easier with my game. I got a little lucky in this last game to win the match."

Soderling has yet to go beyond three sets thus far and is into the fourth round of the year's first Grand Slam for the first time in his blossoming career. The Swede has reached the final of the French Open each of the last two years and has been to the quarterfinals of every other Grand Slam, except Melbourne.

"Physically, I feel very good," Soderling said. "I haven't spent too many hours on court yet and I'm already in the fourth round, which is very good. So I think for me it's a little bit of an advantage."

Next up for Soderling will be Dolgopolov, who ousted a tiring Tsonga with a 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 triumph.

"I could see he was pretty tired," noted Dolgopolov. "His physical form is not probably the best now. I had to hold on and play consistent, try to make him more tired."

Murray needed a mere 82 minutes to advance on Saturday, taking advantage of 31 unforced errors from Garcia-Lopez. The Scot was last year's Aussie runner-up to Roger Federer and will next meet Melzer in the fourth round.

"I got off to a good start and played well from there," Murray said. "I mean, the first game, you know, doesn't always sort of dictate the way the match is going to go, but it definitely helped today."

Melzer, the 11th seed, was ahead of Marcos Baghdatis 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 6-1, 4-3 when the 2006 Australian Open runner-up retired because of a groin injury.

The seventh-seeded Ferrer cruised into the fourth round with a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 drubbing of Lithuania's Richard Berankis. He'll next take on Raonic in the fourth round, as the 152nd-ranked Canadian qualifier claimed a 6-4, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 win over Youzhny.

Fourth-round play begins Sunday with Federer, 2008 champ Novak Djokovic and Andy Roddick among those scheduled for action.

Federer continues his quest for a fifth Australian Open crown and 17th Grand Slam title against Spanish veteran Tommy Robredo, while the third-seeded Djokovic squares off with 14th-seeded Spaniard Nicolas Almagro. Roddick, seeded eighth this year, takes on Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka. The other men's fourth-rounder pits a top-10 battle between Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic and Spain's Fernando Verdasco.


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