By Bryan Armen Graham
January 20, 2011

Rafael Nadal, who won in straight sets Thursday afternoon, has dropped just four games through two rounds at this year's Australian Open. (AP)

Thursday's weather: Sunny and warm, high of 84.

What Happened?

Nadal keeps rolling. Top-seeded Rafael Nadal rolled to a 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 victory over American qualifier Ryan Sweeting. The 24-year-old Spaniard has dropped just four games through two rounds at Melbourne Park. (Watch the highlights here.)

Highest seed eliminated. No. 7-seeded Jelena Jankovic became the highest-seeded player to be sent home thus far, bowing quietly to China's Peng Shuai in straight sets. It marked the Serb's seventh loss in eight matches. (Watch match point here.)

Delpo goes down. Playing in his first Grand Slam tournament since a wrist injury sidelined him for most of 2010, Juan Martin del Potro lost 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to Marcos Baghdatis in Thursday's nightcap. "He's not played many matches and that put a bit of pressure on me, because I was, a bit, the favorite," Baghdatis said afterward.

Other top seeds coast. No. 4 Robin Soderling and No. 5 Andy Murray joined Nadal in the third round, with No. 2 Vera Zvonareva, No. 3 Kim Clijsters and No. 5 Sam Stosur advancing on the women's side.

Oz Clicks

Telegraph fashion writer Belinda White asks when tennis became so unfashionable ... Caroline Wozniacki spent her day off getting a lesson from Australian cricketers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground ... Ever wonder how Roger Federer trains? ... Does Federer's five-set slugfest with Gilles Simon make him less likely to win the title? Busted Racquet examines.

Photo of the Day

Australian fans support Sam Stosur of Australia in her second-round match against Vera Dushevina of Russia (from's Best Shots from Day 4 at the Australian Open).

Go Figure

25,000 ... Amount in Australian dollars to be donated to Queensland flood relief by an unidentified gambler from a $2.5 million bet placed on Nadal in Thursday's second-round match.

2 ... Number of Australian players remaining in the men's and women's draws through two rounds: Sam Stosur and Bernard Tomic.

18 ... Age in years of Tomic, the youngest men's player still alive.

Must-See Video

Kim Clijsters busted Todd Woodbridge in her on-court interview, playfully chiding him for a text message he sent Rennae Stubbs.


What's Happening Today

The third round gets under way with the first matches between seeded players. Tennis Channel's live coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET, with ESPN2 taking over from 11 p.m. through 8 a.m. (Clip and save the complete TV schedule.)

The day's most intriguing matches include the Serbian showdown between No. 3 Novak Djokovic and No. 29 Viktor Troicki (7 p.m. ET); No. 11 Justine Henin vs. No. 23 Svetlana Kuznetsova in a match of former Grand Slam champions (~9 p.m. ET); and No. 4 Venus Williams vs. No. 30 Andrea Petkovic in the nightcap on Laver (~5 a.m. ET).

Other top men's seeds in action include No. 2 Roger Federer, No. 8 Andy Roddick and No. 9 Fernando Verdasco, with No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, No. 6 Francesca Schiavone, No. 8 Victoria Azarenka and No. 14 Maria Sharapova opening third-round play on the women's side.

The complete order of play for Day 5 can be found here.

They Said It

"What can I say different? What can I do different? Practice little bit tomorrow, rest in the hotel, maybe go to the aquarium. I didn't go this year. I go every year. So that's all."

--Rafael Nadal, on whether he'll prepare any differently for Friday's third-round match against Bernard Tomic

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