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Nadal smashes through Baghdatis to reach third round

Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - 19/1/17 Cyprus' Marcos Baghdatis reacts after losing a point during his Men's singles second round match against Spain's Rafael Nadal. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - 19/1/17 Cyprus' Marcos Baghdatis reacts after losing a point during his Men's singles second round match against Spain's Rafael Nadal. REUTERS/Jason Reed

By Ian Ransom

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal stormed into the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday with a 6-3 6-1 6-3 demolition of former finalist Marcos Baghdatis.

The 14-times grand slam champion has had two lean years at the majors but showed enough of the old passion and firepower in the two hour 13-minute clinic at Rod Laver Arena to suggest he may yet go deep in the second week at Melbourne Park.

Cypriot Baghdatis, who had a fairytale run to reach the final in 2006, saved two match points but Nadal closed out the match in style with a forehand cross-court winner to raise a huge roar from the terraces.

Nadal will next play Germany's Alexander Zverev.

(Editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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