Nadal, Federer into third round

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates during his men's singles match against Tommy Haas of Germany at...

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates during his men's singles match against Tommy Haas of Germany at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 18, 2012. (REUTERS/Tim Wimborne)

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MELBOURNE - Former champions Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer eased into the third round at the Australian Open -- one of them without even hitting a shot on Wednesday. Eighth-seeded American Mardy Fish, however, went by way of the upset at the first Grand Slam event of the year.

Nadal, the No. 2 seed, rallied from break down in the third set and beat error-prone German Tommy Haas 6-4, 6-3, 6-4, while the third-seeded Federer moved on when his opponent, German Andreas Beck, pulled out of their scheduled match due to a back injury.

The 16-time Grand Slam titlist Federer, a four-time Aussie Open champion, said Beck greeted him in the locker room and said he was in a lot of pain after his first-round match Monday against Frenchman Eric Prodon.

"I didn't know anything about it. It came as a surprise," Federer said. "He said he had a lot of painkillers and pain in the last match. I guess it's the smart decision for him to take."

Federer, who last won this major event two years ago, was coming off a win over Russian Alexander Kudryavtsev on Monday at Melbourne Park.

The iconic Swiss said he felt bad for the fans who came out to watch his match and was looking forward to working off the unused energy in practice on Thursday.

"I'll just relax this afternoon and have an intense hit tomorrow," Federer said.

Federer's third-round opponent on Friday will be 6-foot-10 Croat Ivo Karlovic, who smacked 20 aces in beating Argentine Carlos Berlocq in four sets on Day 3.

The 10-time major champion Nadal, after beating American Alex Kuznetsov in the first round, notched 36 winners in his match against the former world No. 2 Haas, who committed 38 unforced errors. Nadal, who defeated Federer in the 2009 final here and last year's French Open finale, converted six of his 10 break-point opportunities en route to victory.

"I've been practicing well, I've had a very good preparation in my opinion," Nadal said. "I've won two matches in straight sets with positive feelings."

Up next for Nadal will be Slovak Lukas Lacko.

Fish was knocked out in the first big men's upset of the tournament, falling in straight sets to Colombian Alejandro Falla, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 7-6 (8-6). The first and third sets both took over an hour to play.

Fish was done in by 58 unforced errors, but didn't make any excuses.

"He's a good player," Fish said.

Perhaps Fish is still drained following his best-ever season on the ATP World Tour.

"You know, it was only six weeks ago or so that I was in London (at the ATP World Tour Finals). So there's really no sort of break or mental break," Fish said. "I want to stay where I am and try to improve and get higher ranked. You know, mentally it's very fatiguing to make all the right decisions around the game."

Seventh-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych and No. 11 seed Juan Martin del Potro joined Nadal in the win column on Wednesday.

The former Wimbledon runner-up Berdych beat diminutive Belgian Olivier Rochus 6-1, 6-0, 7-6 (7-4). while the former U.S. Open winner del Potro topped Slovenian Blaz Kavcic 6-4, 7-5, 6-3.

Up next for del Potro will be Yen-Hsun Lu, while Berdych will meet South African slugger Kevin Anderson.

Tenth-seeded Spaniard Nicolas Almagro came from behind to beat promising Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 4-6, 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-0, while 13th-seeded Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov overcame German Tobias Kamke 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, 3-6, 8-6, and 16th-seeded massive-serving American John Isner hammered 43 aces and edged out former top-five star and former Wimbledon finalist David Nalbandian in a 4-hour, 41-minute marathon, 4-6, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 10-8. The fifth set between Isner and Nalbandian required 1 hour, 39 minutes to complete and included some controversy.

Nalbandian had several disputes with the chair umpire on Wednesday. He became enraged when a tournament official declined to overrule a chair decision to refuse a review of a line call late in the final set. The gritty Argentine would later smash his racquet on the court in disgust after netting a match- ending backhand.

"It's ridiculous playing this kind of tournament with this kind of umpires," Nalbandian said. "I didn't understand in that situation, 8-all, break point."

In other second-round action involving seeds, No. 18 Feliciano Lopez of Spain handled Italian Flavio Cipolla 7-5, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, No. 21 Swiss Stan Wawrinka downed former Aussie Open runner-up Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 in Wednesday's nightcap, and a No. 30 Anderson held off Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3. Lopez could have his hands full with the 6-foot-9 Isner on Friday, while Wawrinka will tangle with Almagro on Day 5.

Meanwhile, rising Aussie favourite Bernard Tomic came back to defeat on-the- mend American Sam Querrey 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 and the aforementioned Lacko doused American Donald Young 6-3, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. The 2011 Wimbledon quarterfinalist Tomic will meet the 2011 Aussie Open quarterfinalist Dolgopolov in the round of 32.

Other second-round winners were Taipei's Lu and German Philipp Kohlschreiber.

The second round will conclude on Thursday, including matches for last year's Aussie champ Novak Djokovic and 2010 and 2011 Melbourne runner-up Andy Murray. The world No. 1 Djokovic, seeking a third straight Grand Slam title and third Aussie crown, will meet Colombian Santiago Giraldo, while the fourth-seeded three-time major finalist Murray will take on France's Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

Djokovic has won 33 of his last 35 Grand Slam matches, including three of the last four major titles.

Murray was a season-opening titlist in Brisbane two weeks ago.

Also on Thursday's schedule will be fifth-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer, sixth- seeded French star Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, ninth-seeded Serb Janko Tipsarevic and 15th-seeded former world No. 1 Andy Roddick. Ferrer titled in Auckland last week, while the 2008 Aussie runner-up to Djokovic Tsonga was a champion in Doha two weeks ago.

Roddick, who will meet Aussie hero Lleyton Hewitt on Day 4, is a four-time Aussie Open semifinalist. The two-time Grand Slam event champion Hewitt, like Roddick, is also a former world No. 1 and was the 2005 runner-up in Melbourne.

The big-serving Roddick and fiery Hewitt will meet for a 14th time, with the big-serving American holding a slight 7-6 lifetime advantage. Hewitt beat Roddick in the '05 Aussie semis.


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