Nadal, Roddick into third round at Australian open
MELBOURNE: Second-seeded Rafael Nadal cruised in straight sets in his second-round match Wednesday to advance at the 2010 Australian Open, the opening Grand Slam event of the year.
The former world No. 1 Nadal topped Slovakian Lukas Lacko 6-2, 6-2, 6-2, in a match that lasted a little under two hours. Nadal won 34 more points than Lacko, who committed 58 unforced errors.
Also advancing to the third round Wednesday was seventh-seeded Wimbledon runner-up Andy Roddick, who took a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Brazil''s Thomaz Bellucci.
Roddick, who reached the semifinals here last year, will face either Spaniard Feliciano Lopez or German Rainer Schuettler in round three.
Joining Nadal and Roddick in advancing was 11th-seeded Chilean Fernando Gonzalez, who got past Turkey''s Marsel Ilhan 6-3, 6-4, 7-5. Gonzalez''s third- round opponent is already set, as Kazakhstan''s Evgeny Korolev scored an upset of 21st-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych.
Korolev took a 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 win over Berdych to reach the third round for the first time.
Also set to play Wednesday is fourth-seeded U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, who will meet former U.S. Open runner-up James Blake. Also, fifth- seeded fifth-seeded Andy Murray will encounter Frenchman Marc Gicquel.