Nadal brushes off knee worry to progress
Rafael Nadal claims his knee is 'improving' following his second round win against Tommy Haas at the Australian Open.
It was feared that the Spanish second seed could be forced to withdraw from the tournament on Sunday after being left in pain when his right knee cracked as he was sitting down in his hotel room.
However, Nadal came through his first round clash against American qualifier Alex Kuznetsov on Monday and he again showed no sign of any problems as he dismissed 33-year-old German, Haas, 6-4 6-3 6-4 on the Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday in Melbourne.
Afterwards, he said: "It is much better and I am so happy the knee is improving and I am able to play without pain."
Meanwhile, Roger Federer was handed a walkover into the third round when his scheduled opponent Andreas Beck was forced to withdraw from their second-round clash due to a lower back injury.