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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 27: Roger Federer of Switzerland plays a forehand in his quarterfinal match against Nikolay Davydenko of Russia during day ten of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 27, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
It may not have been as straightforward as Roger Federer's passage into the third round, but Rafael Nadal was pleased to have avoided any major drama in progressing at the Australian Open yesterday. Federer received a walkover when German opponent Andreas Beck was forced out of their second-round clash due to a back problem. The news broke at the same time Nadal was slugging it out on Rod Laver Arena against veteran Tommy Haas. However, the Spanish second seed, who won 6-4, 6-3, 6-4, revealed afterwards he was quite happy to have played, and performed well, against a tricky opponent. Asked if he too would have preferred a bye, he said: "Before the day started, yes, but now I have played and won I am happy." Nadal had a couple of edgy moments, most notably in the first set when, having already relinquished one of the two breaks he claimed to establish a 4-0 lead, he had to face another break point at 5-4. He escaped, though, thanks to some big serving, and cruised through the sec...
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