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Top seeds Nadal and Federer go through

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  • World number one Rafael Nadal reaches third round of Paris Masters
  • Nadal sees off Florent Serra in straight sets to earn clash with Gael Monfils
  • Roger Federer progresses with 6-4 7-6 win over Robin Soderling
  • In-form Andy Murray and defending champion David Nalbandian also win
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(CNN) -- World number one Rafael Nadal of Spain and arch-rival Roger Federer scored straight sets win on Wednesday to reach the third round of the Paris Masters.

Nadal gave a typically strong display to dispatch Serra in straight sets.

Defending champion David Nalbandian, who beat Nadal in last year's final, and in-form Andy Murray also eased through on a good day for the top seeds.

World number two Federer cruised past Robin Soderling of Sweden 6-4 7-6 and will now play Marin Cilic of Croatia who scored a 6-4 7-6 win over Marcel Granollers of Spain.

Nadal saw off Florent Serra 6-2 6-4 and next faces another Frenchman, 16th seed Gael Monfils.

"He's playing very well this year, and I have to play my best tennis if I want to have chances to win tomorrow," said Nadal, who has not played against Monfils since beating him at the Rome Masters in 2006.

The 63rd-ranked Serra won just five games in two previous defeats to Nadal, and has lost to the five-time Grand Slam champion three times this year.

Nadal took only 27 minutes to win the first set before Serra rallied briefly, forcing Nadal to save a break point in the fourth game of the second set.

Nicolas Kiefer saved two match points before the eighth seed Nalbandian served out the match 7-6 6-3 with an ace to secure a third matchup this month against ninth-seeded compatrot Juan Martin Del Potro.

Nalbandian beat Del Potro in the semifinals of the Swiss Indoors last week after losing to him in the third round of the Madrid Masters the week before.

"This is going to be the third time in three weeks, so that is a little bit strange," Nalbandian said of facing del Potro again. "It's going to be a tough one, we both know each other very well," he told the Associated Press.

Murray, seeking a third straight Masters Series title, later brushed aside Sam Querrey of the United States.

Murray fell an early break down before cruising to a 6-2 6-4 win. The British number one is unbeaten since losing to Federer in the U.S. Open final.

Sixth seed Nikolay Davydenko, who won the tournament in 2006, progressed with a 7-6 7-5 win over Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia and will face the winner between 2005 champion Tomas Berdych who beat 12th seed Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3 7-5.

Meanwhile, tenth-seeded Gilles Simon advanced 6-3 7-5 past Igor Andreev to keep alive his chances of reaching the season-ending Masters Cup in Shanghai, which is reserved for the top eight players in the ATP race.

Simon came from a break down in the second set to lead 6-5 and won on his second match point when Andreev returned into the net.

The Frenchman next faces seventh seed Andy Roddick of the United States, who is also vying for a Masters Cup spot.

Simon and Roddick both took a step closer to qualifying after fifth seed David Ferrer of Spain lost 6-3 6-2 to Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber in Wednesday's play.

Ferrer started the week in ninth place in the ATP race behind Simon, Del Potro and Roddick, and the Spaniard would now need a forfeit from another player to qualify for the prestigious tournament.

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