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MADRID - Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal breezed into the Madrid Open third round with their title defences facing little strain on Wednesday, while Andy Murray made a successful return to clay after nearly a years absence. Williams broke Shuai Peng three times in a 6-2, 6-3 win that was her 14th straight on the clay of the Magic Box tennis centre, where the top-seeded American dominated her Chinese opponent on serve by firing 11 aces. Williams, who moves on to face Spanish player Carla Suarez Navarro, looked fresh and focused while dismissing any injury fears despite a heavily wrapped left leg. "I just had some issues and went preventive to make sure I didnt make anything worse," said Williams. "Im literally taking it one day, one match at a time, and not putting any pressure on myself." Nadal, meanwhile, certainly fed his confidence with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Juan Monaco of Argentina, just what the top-seeded Spaniard needed after coming to the Spanish capital on his worst clay run in a decade. Nadal, the greatest ever player on the red surface, failed to advance past the quarterfinals of his last two clay tournaments. But after Monaco broke to get to within 2-1, Nadal did not relent as he didnt drop another game at Manolo Santana centre court. "Each victory helps to raise your confidence," Nadal said. "I started a little nervously in my movement. I think I moved better and played well, better than I normally play on the clay. I was dominating over the points and playing very well. "I think Ive done positive things." Nadals hopes of winning a second clay event after his triumph in Rio de Janeiro this year were bolstered on Tuesday when Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka lost and Roger Federer withdrew for the birth of his second set of twins. Second-ranked Novak Djokovic was absent to injury. "I didnt even get to the necessary round to face them at the last tournaments," said Nadal, dismissing his chances despite the marquee absentees. "Every rival is difficult." Nadal, who faces Jarrko Nieminen of Finland next, could be on course to meet Murray in the semifinals after the Scot overcame Nicolas Almagro in a 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 victory. Murray, who won the event in 2008 when it was held on hardcourt, hadnt played on clay since Rome last year but looked at ease in taking the first set. But Almagro rallied to force a deciding set, which Murray won when his Spanish opponent slapped a backhand wide down the line for a 39th unforced error. Also, Tomas Berdych moved to a perfect 11-0 against Kevin Anderson following his 6-1, 6-4 win over the South African, while American John Isner was also victorious in his second round match. Eleventh-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was beaten 6-4, 6-3 by Colombian player Santiago Giraldo, who was coming off his appearance in the Barcelona final. In other womens results, third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland and No. 4 Simona Halep of Romania both advanced, while Roberta Vinci of Italy knocked out Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-3. Andy Murray returns to the clay for the first time in nearly one year later Wednesday against Nicolas Almagro. David Ferrer, the next highest remaining seed after Nadal at No. 5, faces John Isner. Carli Lloyd Jersey .J. Barea during a three-game shooting slump that was getting him booed off his home court with regularity. Abby Dahlkemper Jersey . And follow right through Deadline Day for all the updates. Getting Creative The Pittsburgh Penguins will try their best to acquire Ryan Kesler from the Vancouver Canucks before the Trade Deadline. ... ersey.aspx. A wide-eyed 18-year-old visiting North America for only the second time in his young life, Caboclo immediately noticed the "big tower" his new home is best known for. Alyssa Naeher Jersey . The Padres made the moves before Fridays game at Washington. They promoted infielder Jace Peterson from Double-A San Antonio and right-hander Kevin Quackenbush from Triple-A El Paso. Becky Sauerbrunn Jersey . -- Coyotes coach Dave Tippett thinks of one thing when he watches Eastern Conference teams struggle against Western opponents before they get to Phoenix: His team must keep pace.Lewis Hamilton admitted he made life difficult for himself en route to his British GP pole position - but says he never doubted he would recover from having his provisional pole time deleted. Hamilton and Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg had been closely matched throughout practice and then the first stage of qualifying at Silverstone, but the Briton suddenly surged 0.7 seconds ahead in the second stage.Hamilton followed that up with another strong lap at the start of the pole shootout, but had his time deleted by Race Control for running with all four wheels off the track at Copse. That promoted Rosberg to provisional pole, leaving Hamilton with one final attempt to overhaul the German. Asked by Sky Sports F1 how he felt going into his final lap, Hamilton replied: Still feeling very confident, but of course its one lap. The first lap is always a bit of a banker.Going into Q3 reminded me of what my dad always used to say: dont drive too fast on the road! And you know as soon as you get down the road you drive a little bit faster, when I was younger. Lewis Hamilton pleased the home crowd fans by securing pole for the 2016 British Grand Prix The guys said just get a banker lap, dont go wide. And what did I do? The complete opposite! But, anyway, it wasnt intentional, I was really trying to get the best lap possible.When you come round and get pole its a mental blow to whoever you are racing against and I wanted that. I wanted that for myself and everyone here.Qualifying Report: Hamiltons 55th poleBut when it got taken away, it was cool, becauuse I knew that I had it.dddddddddddd Nico knew I had that pace and it wasnt a small little gap, it was a good gap. So I wanted to go out and do at least that, if not better, and so thats what I did.Sundays race will be the fourth time in Hamiltons 10-season F1 career he has started from the head of the grid at his home race and he added: I always like to do things the hard way! It was definitely a great feeling.What a crowd we have here. You can never comprehend what it feels like when Im in the car having these guys cheers me on from corner to corner, year after year. Each year I feel stronger and more united, its the greatest feeling ever. Lewis Hamilton secured the 55th pole position of his F1 career and was joined by teammate Nico Rosberg and Red Bulls Max Verstappen Hamilton will now aim for his third consecutive Silverstone victory, and record-equaling fourth overall, in Sundays race in front of what is expected to be a capacity race-day crowd. On those out laps you can feel it. I was driving down after Turn seven, the old pit straight, and I was thinking Im going to be able to hold on to this feeling for the rest of my life, he said.When Im old and when Im coming here with a walking stick and whatever, Ill be able to carry that with me - thats a wonderful thing. Also See: Hamilton claims Silverstone pole Are Ferrari waiting for Hamilton? When is the British GP on Sky F1? 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