Rafael Nadal of Spain chases down a shot to Dudi Sela of Israel during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
Andy Brownbill
January 23, 2015

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Rafael Nadal beat Israel's Dudi Sela 6-1, 6-0, 7-5 on Friday to advance to the fourth round at the Australian Open, spending two fewer hours on court than he did in his previous match.

On Wednesday, Nadal needed five sets and 4 hours, 12 minutes to beat American qualifier Tim Smyczek. Ahead of the tournament, he insisted he was not match fit in the wake of a right wrist injury and appendix surgery that sidelined him for much of the last half of 2014.

Nadal looked in strong form Friday, however, breaking Sela's serve in the opening game of the 2 hour, 4-minute match to advance to a fourth-rounder against Kevin Anderson of South Africa on Sunday.

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