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Almagro, Berdych Cruise Into Third Round

Melbourne, Australia

Nishikori© AFPNishikori won 72% of his first serve points in his second round win against Berlocq

World No. 11 Nicolas Almagro secured a place in the third round of the Australian Open with a 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 victory over countryman Daniel Gimeno-Traver on Wednesday.

Almagro won 79 percent of his first serve points and saved five of six break points against Gimeno-Traver, who was playing his first second-round match at the Australian Open

The Spaniard has reached the fourth round in Melbourne for the past three years, falling to Tomas Berdych last year, Novak Djokovic in 2011 and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2010.

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Japanese 16th seed Kei Nishikori took two hours and 18 minutes to overcome Carlos Berlocq, 7-6(4), 6-4, 6-1. The 2012 quarter-finalist hit 47 winners to his opponent's 24. "I feel so comfortable playing here," said Nishikori, adding that the support he receives from the Japanese community lifts his performance.

Czech fifth seed Berdych needed exactly two hours to oust France's Guillaume Rufin 6-2, 6-2, 6-4. The big-serving 27 year old won 78 percent of his first serve points and saved three of four break points.

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American No. 20 seed Sam Querrey also advanced after countryman Brian Baker retired with a right knee injury when leading 7-6(2), 1-1.

"He said he kind of just felt his knee almost buckle and kind of heard like a pop or a snap.  He didn't know if it was bones or a tear, but he couldn't straighten it, couldn't walk," said Querrey. "I hope it's not that bad, but if it is, he's the guy that can come back from it."

It was more bad news for Baker, who staged a remarkable comeback to the ATP World Tour last year after five surgeries had kept him sidelined for six years. The American will need more surgery and four months to recover after tearing his lateral meniscus and suffering a locked knee.

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