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Rafa Nadal through to third round of Australian Open

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Top Seed Rafa Nadal is through to the third round of the Australian Open after a straight set win over Thanasi Kokkinakis.

The highest ranked player in the competition flew past his plucky opponent taking a 6-2 6-4 6-2 win in 113 minutes to set up a third round tie with Gael Monfils.

Kokkinakis himself is a former US Open and Australian Open junior finalist and he put up a good fight only to be convincingly beaten by Nadal.

The Spaniard was full of praise for his opponent after the match, he told Sky Sports: "He has fantastic potential, with a great serve and a great forehand. He has all the ingredients to be a fantastic player so I wish him all the best."

The match was played under the closed roof of the Rod Laver Arena as a way to combat the much publicised heat problems.

Nadal will also be joined in the next round by Roger Federer, who also comfortably beat his opponent. Federer beat his Slovenian Blaz Kavcic in straight sets, but had to fight hard in the final set as he only managed to secure victory on a tie break.

However Federer's victory of 6-2 6-1 7-6 (7/4) sees him into the next round as he goes in search of Open success.

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