Tennis: Nadal avoids Federer's fate with comfortable win over Israeli Sela

Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after victory in his men's singles match against Israel's Dudi Sela on day five of the 2015 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on Jan 23, 2015. Nadal advanced into the fourth round of the Australian Open on
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after victory in his men's singles match against Israel's Dudi Sela on day five of the 2015 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on Jan 23, 2015. Nadal advanced into the fourth round of the Australian Open on Friday with a 6-1, 6-0, 7-5 victory over Sela. -- PHOTO: AFP

MELBOURNE (REUTERS) - Rafa Nadal advanced into the fourth round of the Australian Open on Friday with a 6-1, 6-0, 7-5 victory over Israel's Dudi Sela, avoiding the fate that befell second seed Roger Federer, who had earlier been dumped out of the tournament by Andreas Seppi.

Third-seeded Nadal had himself narrowly avoided an early exit when he needed five sets and more than four hours to beat American qualifier Tim Smyczek in the second round as he battled illness, but made no such mistakes on Friday.

The Spaniard, winner here in 2009, jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first set and never looked back, despite some resistance from the 106th-ranked Sela in the third set, to win in a shade over two hours.

The 14-time grand slam champion will now meet 14th seed Kevin Anderson after the big serving South African beat France's Richard Gasquet 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (8-6).