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Australian Open: Nadal cruises previous Hanfmann to go into 3rd spherical

Rafael Nadal placed on a medical efficiency to ease previous German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann 6-2 6-3 6-4 and achieve the 3rd spherical of the Australian Open on Wednesday because the Spaniard remained on track for a males’s file twenty first Grand Slam name.

Rafa rolls on 💪

🇪🇸 @RafaelNadal places in a best efficiency to transport previous Yannick Hanfmann 6-2 6-3 6-4. #AusOpen • #AO2022
🎥: @wwos • @espn • @eurosport • @wowowtennis

— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 19, 2022

The one former champion left within the males’s draw at Melbourne Park, Nadal is tied on 20 majors with Swiss Roger Federer and international primary Novak Djokovic, who’re each absent from the match.

The 2009 champion’s best earlier assembly with the 126th-ranked Hanfmann got here at the Roland Garros clay in 2019 when Nadal misplaced simply six video games en path to a straight-sets victory.

The 30-year-old German did moderately higher on a windy day on the Rod Laver Area however it was once no longer sufficient to bother Nadal, who hit 30 winners and broke his opponent’s serve 4 instances within the fit whilst saving each breakpoints he confronted.

Nadal wanted 5 fit issues prior to sealing victory when Hanfmann despatched a forehand lengthy. The 6th seed will subsequent meet both Russian Karen Khachanov or Benjamin Bonzi of France for a spot within the fourth spherical.

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