Madrid, Spain (Sports Network) - Seeking a third straight title on clay,
Rafael Nadal was an easy second-round winner Wednesday at the $4 million
Madrid Open, an ATP World Tour 1000 Masters event.
The second-seeded former No. 1 blew past former top-five star Nikolay
Davydenko 6-2, 6-2 in 80 minutes on the unusual blue clay at Madrid's Magic
Box. Nadal popped six aces and did not allow even one break-point chance
against his overmatched Russian counterpart.
The two-time Madrid champion and Spanish hero Nadal lost to Serbian star Novak
Djokovic in last year's marquee finale here.
Nadal holds the record with 20 Masters titles, including one in Monte
Carlo last month. He titled in Madrid in 2005 and 2010 and was the runner-up
here last year and in 2009.
Up next for Nadal will be fellow Spanish lefthander Fernando Verdasco.
Meanwhile, fourth-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga handled American wild
card Ryan Harrison 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) and fifth-seeded Spanish stalwart David
Ferrer topped Czech veteran Radek Stepanek 7-6 (7-4), 6-2. Ferrer was the
clay-court Barcelona runner-up to his compatriot Nadal two weeks ago.
Eighth-seeded American John Isner was sent packing by resurgent Croat
Marin Cilic, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-3), on Day 4.
In other action involving seeds, No. 12 Frenchman Gael Monfils defeated
Russian qualifier Igor Andreev 6-3, 1-0, retired; No. 14 Frenchman Richard
Gasquet grounded Serb Viktor Troicki, 7-5, 6-3; a No. 15 Verdasco overcame
Colombian qualifier Alejandro Falla 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-4; and No. 16 Ukrainian
Alexandr Dolgopolov cooled off last week's surprise Belgrade champion Andreas
Seppi of Italy 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.
One other second-round result saw Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka douse Austrian
Jurgen Melzer 6-1, 6-4. Wawrinka is rewarded with a Thursday third-round match
against the top-ranked and defending Madrid champion Djokovic.
The 2012 Madrid Open titlist will earn $770,000.
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