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Nadal finally puts away qualifier to reach round three

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Nadal finally puts away qualifier to reach round three

Rafael Nadal needed five match points before putting away tenacious German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann at the Australian Open on Wednesday and continue his march towards a record 21st Grand Slam title.

The Spanish world number five was always in command in a 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 win in 2hr 42 min in hot conditions on Rod Laver Arena to stride into round three.

 "He is a player with big shots, good serve and he has very high potential," Nadal said of the 126th-ranked Hanfmann, who put up more of a fight than the score suggested.

 Next up for Nadal is either Russian 28th seed Karen Khachanov or Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi.

  Nadal, with two service breaks, took the opening set after 48 minutes with a backhand winner to the top corner.

  The meticulous Spaniard kept moving Hanfmann around the court and claimed another service break with a forehand winner for 5-3 and served it out for a two-sets lead.

  Another early service break had Nadal on the way in the third set but he needed five match points to close it out.

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