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Wimbledon 2011: Rafael Nadal rolls over Ryan Sweeting and into third round


Rafael Nadal rolls along. Later, he took off his shirt courtside. (CARL DE SOUZA / AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

Rafal Nadal had no problem getting past Ryan Sweeting and into the third round today at Wimbledon, beating the American player on his first chance at match point and taking a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 victory.

Nadal, the defending champion, played well in all aspects of his game, although he wasn’t about to say he was at his best, playing with the stadium roof closed against the unseeded player.

“What’s my top form? I try my best every day. Sometimes you play better, sometimes you play worse. I think I’m doing well,” he said. “I need a few more adjustments to play much better. The next round will be a very difficult match, a big test for me and I have to be ready for that. ”

In other men’s matches, Mardy Fish, the 10th seed from the United States, beat Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4, 6-4; Andy Murray, the No. 4 seed from Great Britain is playing Tobias Kamke. (Murray, by the way, might have had a shot at being the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year were it not for Rory McIlroy.) Andy Roddick, the eighth-seeded American, beat Victor Hanescu of Romania, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4, on Centre Court.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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