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|Nadal on Track
|MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Rafael Nadal hardly broke a sweat while moving into the second round of the Australian Open. The top seed advanced Tuesday when Marcos Daniel retired from their match trailing 6-love, 5-love.
Nadal is trying to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all the Grand Slam titles. Laver won all four in the same calendar year.
Nadal will play Ryan Sweeting in round 2. The American qualifier beat Daniel Gimeno
6-4, 6-4, 6-1.
No. 4 seed Robin Soderling and fifth-seeded Andy Murray, last year's runner-up in Melbourne, also advanced on Day 2 Down Under.
On the women's side, U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters routed fellow former No. 1 Dinara Safina 6-love, 6-love.
No. 2-ranked Vera Zvonareva began her bid to reach a third consecutive Grand Slam women's final with a straight-sets win of her own. Zvonareva lost to Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final and to Clijsters in the U.S. Open final last year.
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