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Tennis: Nadal rips Hewitt in Miami; Serena and Sharapova survive

Published on Mar 23, 2014 4:27 PM
 
Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after his straight sets victory against Lleyton Hewitt of Australia during their second round match during day 6 at the Sony Open at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 22, 2014 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Tennis world No.1 Rafael Nadal hammered former No.1 Lleyton Hewitt 6-1, 6-3 on Saturday to reach the third round at the ATP and WTA Miami Masters hard-court tournament. -- PHOTO: AFP

MIAMI (AFP) - Tennis world No.1 Rafael Nadal hammered former No.1 Lleyton Hewitt 6-1, 6-3 on Saturday to reach the third round at the ATP and WTA Miami Masters hard-court tournament.

The top-seeded Spaniard and his veteran Australian opponent took to the court two and a half hours late due to long matches that preceeded them.

But Nadal, who received a first-round bye, ripped through the opening set in 27 minutes and eventually dispatched the double Grand Slam winner in 66 minutes.

"It's great for me to be back after not playing since 2012. I really enjoy it here," he said.

 
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