10th seeded Nicolas Almagro stormed into the third round of this year’s Australian Open in Melbourne after overcoming countryman Daniel-Gimeno Taver 6-4 6-1 6-2.
The Spaniard dropped his serve only once in the entire match, breaking his opponent six times on his way to victory in one hour and 41 minutes.
Almagro, whose best result here is the fourth round, will face Jerzy Janowicz of Poland next.
The big serving Janowicz advanced to round three when he came back from two sets down to defeat Somdev Devvarman of India, eventually prevailing 6-7 (10) 3-6 6-1 6-0 7-5.
Also through to the next round is Japan’s Kei Nishikori, who seems to like the Australian climate. He reached the semis in Brisbane last week and most importantly, he got into the last 8 here in Melbourne in 2012.
Today, Nishikori booked a straight sets win over Argentine Carlos Berlocq, defeating him 7-6 (4) 6-4 6-1 and will be playing Envegy Donskoy next, who overcame no.23 seed Mikhail Youzhny 3-6 7-6 (4) 6-2 3-6 6-3.
Other second round results:
(31) Radek Stepanek (CZE) d. Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 6-2 6-2 6-4
(20) Sam Querrey (USA) d. Brian Baker (USA) 6-7 (2) 1-1 ret.
(15) Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) d. Tobias Kamke (GER) 6-3 7-6 (4) ret.
(26) Jurgen Melzer (AUT) d. Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) 6-7 (4) 6-3 6-7 (3) 6-3 6-2
(5) Tomas Berdych (CZE) d. Guillaume Rufin (FRA) 6-2 6-2 6-4