Nadal, Murray, Roddick reach third round at Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return to Ryan Sweeting of the U.S. at the Wimbledon tennis...

Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a return to Ryan Sweeting of the U.S. at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London June 22, 2011. (REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett)

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WIMBLEDON, ENGLAND - Reigning champion and two-time titlist Rafael Nadal, heavy British favorite Andy Murray and three-time runner-up Andy Roddick were a trio of straight-set second-round winners Wednesday at Wimbledon.

Playing under the roof on the famed Centre Court, the world No. 1 Nadal blew past American Ryan Sweeting in 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 fashion at the All England Club. Nadal moved on in just over two hours, as his serve was broken only once by his American counterpart, who is now a predictable 0-3 against Nadal this year.

"The Wimbledon Centre Court with the roof or without the roof, is probably the best court of the world," Nadal said.

"I was playing very well," he added. "The second and beginning of the third I had the match completely under control, but he had a few good shots."

The reigning Wimbledon, French Open and U.S. Open champion Nadal has now won his last 16 matches at the AEC, where he titled in 2008, and again last year. The Spanish great beat Czech Tomas Berdych in last year's finale after missing the 2009 edition of the world's most prestigious tennis tournament due to injury.

The 25-year-old Nadal has appeared in the final in his last four trips here, going 2-2 in those affairs.

He captured a second straight and sixth overall French Open title just three weeks ago.

Up next for Nadal will be Luxembourg's Gilles Muller, who upset Nadal in the second round at Wimbledon back in 2005.

A fourth-seeded Murray got past capable German Tobias Kamke 6-3, 6-3, 7-5 in just under two hours on Court 1. Murray did not allow one break of serve by Kamke, who was last year's ATP newcomer of the year.

The 24-year-old Murray is fresh off his grass-court title at the Queen's Club two weeks ago.

Murray is a three-time Grand Slam runner-up, including this year's Australian Open. He's never reached a Wimbledon final, but has appeared in the semifinals here the last two years.

The slick Murray will face Croatian veteran Ivan Ljubicic on Friday.

An eighth-seeded Roddick handled Romanian Victor Hanescu 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 on Centre Court. The big-serving American popped 15 aces in the 1-hour, 52-minute affair. Roddick played a very clean match by recording a mere six unforced errors and holding his formidable serve throughout.

"I felt pretty good out there," Roddick said. "Served well, returned well. There was only a couple shots that I wish I had back there tonight."

The former world No. 1 and former U.S. Open champion Roddick lost to Roger Federer in the 2004, 2005 and 2009 Wimbledon finals.

Roddick will face Spanish lefthander Feliciano Lopez in the third round.

After rain delayed the start of play for a few hours on Day 3, a sixth-seeded Berdych headed out to dismantle helpless Frenchman Julien Benneteau 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 in 1 hour, 37 minutes.

Berdych has now won eight of his last nine matches at Wimbledon, with the loss coming at the hands of Nadal in last year's final -- Berdych's first-ever Grand Slam title match.

Ninth-seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils overcame Slovenia Grega Zemlja 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (9-7), while 10th-seeded American Mardy Fish got past Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin 7-6 (8-6), 6-4, 6-4 in 2 hours, 16 minutes to reach the third round here for a fourth time. Fish smacked 13 aces and had his serve broken only once in an efficient victory.

Up next for Fish will be big-serving Dutchman Robin Haase.

Nifty Frenchman Richard Gasquet, seeded 17th at this particular fortnight, handled Russian Igor Kunitsyn 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 to reach the round of 32, while 14th-seeded Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka went by way of the upset, suffering a 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) setback against Italian Simone Bolelli, and 15th-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon bested Israeli Dudi Sela 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, 7-5.

In other second-round play, Haase dismissed 21st-seeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2; American Alex Bogomolov Jr. took out 25th-seeded French Open quarterfinalist Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina 6-0, 6-3, 6-4; Poland's Lukasz Kubot topped 6-foot-10 Croat Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (7-2), 6-3, 6-3; Lopez edged out German Rainer Schuettler 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 6-2; the former top-five Ljubicic leveled Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-4, 6-4, 6-2; and the aforementioned Muller was trailing 31st-seeded Canadian Milos Raonic 2-3 in the first set when Raonic retired with a hip injury after taking a spill on Court 3. Bogomolov Jr. should have his hands full with Berdych in the third round.

Diminutive Belgian Olivier Rochus took the first set from 24th-seeded Juan Martin del Potro, 7-6 (9-7), when played was called for the day due to darkness. They'll have to complete that on Thursday.

The former world No. 4 del Potro was the 2009 U.S. Open champ.

Opening-round wins came Wednesday for Russian veteran Dmitry Tursunov, promising Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and South African Kevin Anderson, who will face second-seeded Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic here on Thursday. Dimitrov, fresh off his grass-court title in the Netherlands, will encounter 12th-seeded former Aussie Open runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in his next outing. The Serbian Djokovic is 42-1 this year with a whopping seven titles already.

The second round is scheduled to be completed here on Thursday, as Djokovic will meet Anderson, a third-seeded Federer will take on Frenchman Adrian Mannarino and fifth-seeded two-time French Open runner-up Robin Soderling will be opposed by 2002 Wimbledon champion and former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, a two-time Grand Slam winner.

Djokovic's only loss this season came against Federer in the French Open semifinals three weeks ago.

The former No. 1 Federer owns a men's record 16 major titles, including six of the last eight here at Wimbledon.

Seventh-seeded David Ferrer and 28th-seeded former Wimbledon runner-up David Nalbandian are also slated for action on Thursday. Ferrer will meet young American Ryan Harrison.


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