Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Nadal Is Happy to Coast through; Tennis

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Nadal Is Happy to Coast through; Tennis

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IT MAY not have been as straightforward as Roger Federer's passage into the third round, but Rafael Nadal was pleased to avoid any major drama in progressing at the Australian Open today.

Federer received a walkover when German opponent Andreas Beck was forced out of their second-round clash due to a lower back problem.

The news broke at the same time Nadal was slugging it out on Rod Laver Arena against German veteran Tommy Haas.

But the Spanish second seed, who won 6-4 6-3 6-4, revealed afterwards he was quite happy to have played, and performed well, against a tricky opponent.

Asked if he too would have preferred a bye, he said: "Before the day started, yes, but now I played and won I am happy."

Nadal had a couple of nervy moments, notably in the first set when having already relinquished one of the two breaks he claimed to establish a 4-0 lead, he had to face another break point at 5-4.

He escaped, though, thanks to some big serving and cruised through the second. …

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