Nadal, Gasquet, Simon, Gonzalez, advances and Verdasco into third round for first time


Fernando Verdasco advanced to the third round of the Australian Open for the first time in his career with an easy 6-1 6-1 6-2 win over France’s Arnaud Clement on Thursday.

Quick facts
The match lasted one hour and 35 minutes
Verdasco had seven aces to Clement’s two
Verdasco hit 28 winners to Clement’s 12, while Clement had 31 unforced errors, 19 more than the Spaniard

“This is my best time. After the Davis Cup for me and that match it was amazing, the final. 2008 was the best year in my life, and now I am starting 2009 even better than all years before. My goal for this year is to be a better player and have a better year than 2008. It’s tough, champion of Davis Cup, but I will try. I have big goals for this year.” Verdasco said.

He added that he was very happy to make it into the third round for the first time, but when asked if romance was helping his game – he was seeing Ana Ivanovic – he sighed: “My romance is a little bit over now.”

24th seed Frenchman Richard Gasquet booked a place in the third round of Australian Open 2009 on Thursday, defeating Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan in straight sets, 6-3 6-4 6-4

Quick facts
Gasquet fastest serve was 211km/h, while Istomin’s was 196km/h
Istomin didn’t serve a double fault in the first two sets, but had two in the final set
The match lasted two hours and one minute
Gasquet hit 35 winners to Istomin’s 21, while Istomin had 35 unforced errors to Gasquet’s 29

Australian Chris Guccione has crashed out of Australian Open 2009, crumbling against world No. 6 Gilles Simon, who won their second round match-up 6-7(5) 6-4 6-1 6-2.

Quick facts
Simon served more aces than Guccione, 14-12
Guccione had 37 unforced errors, 22 more than his French opponent
Simon hit 53 winners for the match to Guccione’s 41
Guccione’s fastest serve was 211km/h

Fernando Gonzalez has cruised into the third round of Australian Open 2009, defeating Guillermo Canas in straight sets on Thursday, 7-5 6-3 6-4.

Quick facts
Gonzalez served 12 aces to Canas’ nine
The Chilean made 33 unforced errors, while Canas had 23
Canas’ fastest serve was 203km/h, while Gonzalez’s was 201km/h

It was a case of another day, another victory for men’s world No. 1 Rafael Nadal, who continued his passage through the Australian Open 2009 draw with a 6-2 6-3 6-2 victory over Croatian Roko Karanusic on Thursday.

Quick facts
The match lasted one hour and 37 minutes
Nadal converted 86 per cent of the break points he held (6-for-7); Karanusic failed to convert any of his six break point chances
Nadal’s fastest serve was 195km/h; Karanusic was 187km/h

Rafael Nadal ESP (1) d Roko Karanusic CRO 6-2 6-3 6-2
Gilles Simon FRA (6) d Chris Guccione AUS 6(5)-7(7) 6-4 6-1 6-2
Gael Monfils FRA (12) d Stefan Koubek AUT 6-4 6-4 3-6 6-2
Fernando Gonzalez CHI (13) d Guillermo Canas ARG 7-5 6-3 6-4
Mario Ancic CRO d Ivo Karlovic CRO (25) 5-7 7-5 4-6 6-4 6-3
Tommy Haas GER d Flavio Cipolla ITA 6-1 6-2 6-1
Richard Gasquet FRA (24) d Denis Istomin UZB 6-3 6-4 6-4
Fernando Verdasco ESP (14) d Arnaud Clement FRA 6-1 6-1 6-2
Jurgen Melzer AUT (31) d Andreas Beck GER 5-7 7(9)-6(7) 6-4 6-3
Radek Stepanek CZE (22) d Michael Berrer GER 6-3 6-2 6(3)-7(7) 7-5
Nicolas Almagro ESP (17) d Fabio Fognini ITA 6-2 7-5 6-0
Dudi Sela ISR d Victor Hanescu ROU 6-3 6-3 6-2

012209 thursday /info-photo via Australian Open / Getty Images


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