Madrid, Spain (Sports Network) - Former champion Rafael Nadal was an
easy third-round winner Thursday at the $4.425 million Madrid Open, an ATP
The fifth-seeded former world No. 1 star cruised past Russian veteran Mikhail
Youzhny 6-2, 6-3 in 75 minutes on Day 5 on the red clay at The Magic Box.
The hot Nadal is now a dazzling 28-2 this season and seeking a fifth title in
his seventh tournament. He titled in Barcelona just two weeks ago, reaching a
sixth final in six tries.
The reigning French Open king is a two-time Madrid titlist and two-time
runner-up in the Spanish capital.
Meanwhile, last year's Madrid runner-up Tomas Berdych moved on with a 7-6
(7-5), 7-5 victory over big-serving South African Kevin Anderson.
Berdych lost to Swiss icon and three-time Madrid champ Roger Federer in last
Also on Thursday, wild card Pablo Andujar was tied with fellow Spaniard Daniel
Gimeno-Traver 5-5 in the first set when Gimeno-Traver retired from their bout.
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