Rafa Nadal d Leonardo Mayer, 6-3 6-4 7-6 (4) Top seed Rafa Nadal continued his marauding path through the Australian Open, hammering Argentine Leonardo Mayer 6-3 6-4 7-6 (4) in two hours and 38 minutes to reach the third round on Wednesday. A masterful performance was blighted only by a late wobble when Nadal was broken serving for the match at 5-4 in the decider. “For my team and my family, this tournament is their favourite of the year so I want to stay as long as possible.” - @RafaelNadal #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/PpeoQynXNN — #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 17, 2018 × But the Spaniard found an extra gear in the tiebreak, wrapping up the match with a monster serve to the corner that Mayer battled to get a racket to. Nadal's bid for a 17th grand slam title continues against Bosnian 28th seed Damir Dzumhur. .@RafaelNadal was very thankful of the @RodLaverArena crowd support in his post-match interview.#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/fWyXbaxOMu — #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 17, 2018 × Marin Cilic d Joao Sousa, 6-1, 7-5, 6-2 Croatia's sixth seed Marin Cilic advanced to the third round of the Australian Open with a straight-sets win over Portugal's Joao Sousa on Wednesday. Cilic, last year's Wimbledon finalist, downed the 70th-ranked Sousa 6-1, 7-5, 6-2 and will next play either American Ryan Harrison or Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay.