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Tennis: Nadal blasts past Monfils into fourth round

Published on Jan 19, 2014 9:22 AM
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrating his victory in his men's singles match against France's Gael Monfils on day six of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on Jan 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

MELBOURNE (AFP) - World number one Rafael Nadal powered past Frenchman Gael Monfils to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open in an impressive performance on Saturday, Jan 18, 2014.

The 13-time Grand Slam champion was too strong for the 25th-seeded Monfils, winning 6-1, 6-2, 6-3 in just over two hours on Rod Laver Arena.

Nadal will next face Japanese 16th seed Kei Nishikori in the fourth round.

Nishikori earlier knocked out American Donald Young in straight sets.

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