Saturday, June 2, 2012

Stroll for serene Nadal

Second seed has lost just 17 games in three matches



Defending champion Rafael Nadal continued his trouble-free progress at the French Open with a 6-1 6-3 6-4 victory over Eduardo Schwank on Court Philippe Chatrier in the third round.
The Spaniard has had a kind draw - Argentine qualifier Schwank is 192 in the rankings - but he has looked in superb form this week and continued in that vein.
Nadal has spoken openly about how much more relaxed and happy he is this year compared to 2011, when he nevertheless won a sixth Roland Garros title.
It was evident in his performance, full of exuberant forehands, and far too good for Schwank.
Nadal, who turns 26 on Saturday, had Schwank on the defensive from the start, jumping out into a 4-0 lead that set the tone for the entire match.
In the end he conceded just eight games, taking his total in three matches to a meagre 17.
The Spaniard remains on course to win the French Open for a record seventh time in eight years, having first played at Roland Garros in 2005 as an 18-year-old.
Nadal next meets his good friend and 13th seed Juan Monaco, who ended the run of big-hitting Canadian Milos Raonic in a five-set tussle, the Argentinian coming through 6-7 (5/7) 6-3 6-7 (5/7) 6-3 6-4.
"He's one of the players I really like on the tour," said Nadal. "I really get on well with him. We know each other very well, personally speaking, but also from the point of tennis. We spend a lot of hours together. We practise very often together.
"So we both know what we're going to try and do when we play together. We'll try and be very aggressive. We'll try and speed up and change gears. And we'll see who's going to win."

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