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Tennis: Djokovic hails new physical and mental fitness

Novak Djokovic did something he couldn't master five years ago as he cruised into the third round on another scorching day at the Australian Open Wednesday. The three-time defending champion brushed aside Argentine Leonardo Mayer 6-0, 6-4, 6-4 in straight sets and showed few ill-effects of the intense heat which brought him undone at the 2009 tournament. Back then Djokovic withdrew from his quarter-final with Andy Roddick trailing 7-6 (7/3), 4-6, 2-6, 1-2 in furnace-like conditions when he could not continue.

Tennis: Title-seeking Djokovic keeps Open streak alive

Three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic beat Argentina's Leonardo Mayer 6-0, 6-4, 6-4 to cruise into the third round with his 23rd straight win at the Australian Open Wednesday. The Serbian second seed, unbeaten at Melbourne Park since 2010, had few problems with the intense heat and was on court for just one hour and 47 minutes. He is bidding to become only the second man after Australia's Roy Emerson to win four consecutive Australian Opens and his fifth overall in Melbourne.

UPDATE 3-Tennis-Nadal advances after Mayer withdrawal

* Back injury ends Mayer's run at Indian Wells * Nadal into fourth round after playing just one match (Updates details of quake in paras 12-13) By Mark Lamport-Stokes INDIAN WELLS, California, March 11 (Reuters) - Twice champion Rafa Nadal was gifted a place in the last 16 of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday when Argentina's Leonardo Mayer withdrew before their third-round match with a back injury.
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