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Nadal beats Lopez to reach Australian Open quarter-finals

Nadal beats Lopez to reach Australian Open quarter-finals

Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts after winning his fourth round match against compatriot Feliciano Lopez at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan 22, 2012. -- PHOTO: AP MELBOURNE (AFP) - Spanish second seed Rafael Nadal produced a controlled performance to defeat compatriot Feliciano Lopez in straight sets and reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday. The 10-time grand slam champion downed 18th-seeded Lopez 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 in 2hr 25min on a hot day at Rod Laver Arena to set up a last-eight encounter with either Czech seventh seed Tomas Berdych or Spain's Nicolas Almagro. The world number two reached the Melbourne quarter-finals for the sixth straight year and is chasing his second Australian Open victory after beating great rival Roger Federer in the 2009 final. Nadal broke left-handed Lopez's serve five times and dropped hi...

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