Australian Open: Rafa Nadal storms to third round, so as Marin Cilic

Marin Cilic and Rafa Nadal celebrate their victory, as they progress to the next round of Australian Open. Photograph:( AFP )

AFP Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Jan 17, 2018, 06.28 AM (IST)

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.

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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.

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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.