Australian Open: Nadal into Round of 16 in straight sets

Second seed Rafael Nadal overcame Slovakian qualifier Lukas Lacko in straight sets to reach the fourth round at the Australian Open on Friday.

updated: January 20, 2012 11:10 IST
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Melbourne: Spain's Rafael Nadal reeled off another straight-sets victory to reach the Australian Open's last 16 on Friday, but he insisted everything was not as easy as it appeared.

The world number two, bidding for his 11th grand slam title in Melbourne, wore down Slovakian qualifier Lukas Lacko after a fiercely contested opening to claim a 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 victory.

Nadal has yet to drop a set in his three wins at the year's opening major tournament and will face either American John Isner or compatriot Feliciano Lopez in the round of 16 on Sunday.

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