Nadal Cruises into Third Round, 74-2 at Roland Garros

Posted June 01, 2017

Moya and Nadal have been close friends for many years and he knows the powers that the nine-time Roland Garros champion possesess having got a close look in Paris 10 years ago.

Nearly as many cameras were trained on the United States tennis star as were on Djokovic throughout the latter's 6-1 6-4 6-3 dismantling of Portugal's Joao Sousa.

For a man who won his first title here as a teenager in 2005, and is aiming to become the first player in the Open era-and only the second ever, man or woman-to win 10 titles at a single Major, it is an understandable question.

You don't often see that number one finishes the Grand Slam after the first match.

"When you are here in Paris, one of the best cities in the world and you have a day off, always is good", said Nadal.

This will be their first time meeting on the tennis court.

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Djokovic will be wary of the threat posed by his upcoming third-round opponent, Schwartzmann, who breezed past Italy's Napolitano in swift fashion to show he's no force to be messed with.

- Kuznetsova will meet China's Zhang Shuai in the third round. And the fact that you play five sets, best of five, is more comfortable, because it gives you more time to deliver.

The top French seed was 5-4 down in the fourth set, after dropping the opening two, when the players were brought off late on Tuesday, meaning Olivo only needed one more game to wrap up the match. Olivo converted the next one with a forehand crosscourt victor and to win 6-4.

Nadal's old friend and former Roland Garros victor Carlos Moya, and former tennis pro Francisco Roig, will take on the full-time duties of coaching the player, while Toni takes a back seat.

Home favourite Kristina Mladenovic eased past Italian Sara Errani 6-2 6-3.

The 30-year-old Spaniard will face Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia in the third round.

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Caroline Wozniacki dished out a chastening 6-0, 6-0 thrashing to Canadian qualifier Francoise Abanda in just 52 minutes. "So a lot of things that I achieved are because he was there since I was three-years-old, helping", Nadal said. If the seedings work out, Nadal could face his toughest test during the semi-final against Novak Djokovic.

Second seed Novak Djokovic sails through with a 6-1 6-4 6-3 victory over Portuguese Joao Sousa.

Fourth seed Garbine Muguruza came back from a set down to claim a 6-7 (4) 6-4 6-2 victory over Anett Kontaveit of Estonia.

Nadal finished with 33 winners and 13 unforced errors on the day.

2016 quarter-finalist Shelby Rogers reached the third round with a 7-6 (6) 6-4 win over Turkey's Cagla Buyukakcay. He then called for the doctor at the start of the third set and the match was over inside two hours.

Sixth seed Dominic Thiem charged into round three with a routine win over Simone Bolelli, sweeping the Italian aside 7-5, 6-1, 6-3.

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Jo-Wilfred Tsonga's hopes, however, vanished into thin air when he was sent packing with a 7-5 6-4 6-7 6-4 loss to Argentina's Renzo Olivo.