Mercedes Cup: Nadal moves into last 16

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

14th seed Rafael Nadal moved into the last 16 of the A.T.P. Tour's Mercedes Cup with a straight sets win over Martin Vassallo Arguello of Italy.

Mercedes Cup: Nadal moves into last 16

Stuttgart: 14th seed Rafael Nadal moved into the last 16 of the A.T.P. Tour's Mercedes Cup with a straight sets win over Martin Vassallo Arguello of Italy on Wednesday. The Spanish 18-year-old came through 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 to set up a third round clash with third seed Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina. Teenager Rafael Nadal had plenty of support when he took on Italy's Martin Vassallo Arguello in the second round of the A.T.P. Tour's Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart on Wednesday. Nadal, who lost in the quarter-finals of the Swedish Open in Bastad to French Open champion Gaston Gaudio last week, needed a tiebreak to win the first set. Having won the tiebreak seven points to four, he then wrapped up the match by breaking the unseeded Italian in the tenth game of the second set for a 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 victory.Russian 10th seed Mikhail Youzhny also reached round three and he will face fifth seed Jiri Novak of the Czech Republic next after beating Germany's Alexander Popp 6-3, 7-6 (9-7). He'll now face third seed Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina in the last 16. (AP)

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