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Nadal tops Anderson in straight sets, moves on to quarterfinals

MELBOURNE -- Rafael Nadal unleashed his attack to neutralize the serve of South African threat Kevin Anderson, with the Spanish third seed powering into the second week of the Australian Open 7-5, 6-1, 6-4 on Sunday. What had been hyped in some quarters as an even-money fourth-round contest turned into a comfortable rout for Nadal, who has been rebooting his game after struggling to win in five sets while playing ill earlier in the week. Nadal set up a Tuesday showdown with seventh seed Tomas Berdych, who punished Aussie Bernard Tomic 6-2, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 with 17 aces and four breaks of serve. Nadal owns a 17-0 record against the Czech -- the most one-sided in the game -- but won't be ...

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