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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal didn’t drop a set and Roger Federer didn’t pick up a racket. Both reached the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday along with several of the top women.
Defending champion Kim Clijsters and No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki won their second-round matches Wednesday on their way to a potential quarterfinal meeting.
Nadal, asked after his match if he would have appreciated the same kind of good fortune, was pragmatic.
“Before the day started, yes,” he said, smiling. “Now that I’ve played and won, I’m happy. It was a positive match, but not that demanding. We didn’t play four hours, five hours. Three sets, so it wasn’t that tough.”
Clijsters said she doesn’t give a lot of thought to who she’ll face down the road of any tournament.
“That’s something that I definitely learned since I was younger … the media people always start to talk about the future, quarterfinal, semifinal, a tough third, fourth round coming up before the tournament even starts,” the Belgian veteran said. “I don’t like to waste my energy on those kind of thoughts.”
Third-seeded Victoria Azarenka, one of five players who could have the No. 1 women’s ranking by the end of the tournament, beat Australian Casey Dellacqua 6-1, 6-0.
Elsewhere on the women’s side, 10th-seeded Francesca Schiavone was eliminated 6-4, 6-3 by fellow Italian Romina Oprandi and No. 16 Peng Shuai of China lost 6-2, 6-4 to Iveta Benesova of Czech Republic.
By Tammy Bruce
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