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Nadal through to third round

sports Updated: Jan 22, 2009 10:24 IST

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 on 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 singles title. Nadal has a 3-0 record against Tommy Haas, his third-round opponent.