Rafael Nadal beats Tomas Berdych to reach quarter-finals
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Second seed Rafael Nadal has beaten former Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals without dropping a set.
The 32-year-old Spaniard beat Czech Berdych 6-0 6-1 7-6 (7-4) in Melbourne.
Berdych, unseeded but climbing back up the rankings after injury, had been expected to provide a sterner test.
But Nadal’s relentless brilliance did not allow Berdych, who made too many unforced errors, to make it a contest until the third set.
After the match Nadal said he takes all matches seriously, irrelevant of who the opponent is.