Federer, Nadal move on in Rome

May 16, 2012 at 8:11 PM
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ROME, May 16 (UPI) -- Roger Federer stayed hot after his Madrid triumph last week, joining Rafael Nadal in winning second-round matches Wednesday at the Italian Open.

Federer, who took over the world No. 2 spot following his Sunday victory at the Madrid Open, moved on with an efficient 6-3, 6-4 win over Argentine Carlos Berlocq.

The second-seeded Swiss superstar advanced to face former world No. 1 and French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero.

Five-time Rome winner and No. 2 seed Nadal eased past German Florian Mayer 6-1, 7-5 on the red clay courts of the Foro Italico, without allowing his opponent a single break-point chance.

The Spaniard goes on to face countryman Marcel Granollers in a Thursday matchup.

Tomas Berdych humbled Poland's Lukasz Kubot 6-4, 6-1, and 10th-seeded Argentine star Juan Martin del Potro trounced Russian Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 6-2.

Stanislas Wawrinka, Andreas Seppi, Gilles Simon, Nicolas Almagro, Juan Monaco and Richard Gasquet also won Wednesday.

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