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Top-ranked Nadal reaches third round

Updated: January 22, 2009, 2:25 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Top-ranked Rafael Nadal has advanced to the third round at the Australian Open, beating Roko Karanusic of Croatia in straight sets.

Nadal, who overtook Roger Federer for the No. 1 ranking last August, beat Karanusic 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 in the center-court match Thursday at Rod Laver Arena.

The 22-year-old Spaniard beat Federer in the French Open and Wimbledon finals last year and is the Swiss star's biggest threat to winning a record-equaling 14th Grand Slam ...

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