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Nadal cruises into third round of French Open


ANI Tennis
Rafael Nadal cruised into the third round of French Open as he defeated Yannick Maden 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 in the second round match on Wednesday.
Chasing his 12th Roland Garros title, the world number two kept the momentum going from his first round match and outclassed Maden in the second round match that lasted for an hour and 43 minutes on Court Suzanne-Lenglen.
The Spaniard, playing on his familiar territory of clay, was in an impeccable form on the court, making attacking moves from the very start of the match forcing Maden to play out of his comfort zone.
The eleven-time Roland Garros champion was in control throughout the first two sets and he wasted a break twice in the third set before sealing the deal to enter the last 32.
This was the 88th Roland Garros victory for Nadal in 90 matches in Paris, becoming only the fourth player with that many encounters at singles Major after Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer and Andre Agassi.
The 32-year-old lost just seven points on serve in the opening set, facing no break points and he forced errors from his German opponent in game two to get a perfect start. Another forehand mistake from Maden cost him his serve in the fourth game and Nadal closed the opener with a hold at 15 in game seven for a 6-1.
Yannick was able to grab only three return points in the second set and he was not able to match Nadal's pace. The German suffered breaks in game one and five allowing Nadal to close the set with a service winner at 5-2, moving a set away from the victory after an hour and 19 minutes.
Yannick was able to find some rhythm in the third set as he was able to display power in his gameplay. He was able to break Nadal twice in a row at 2-3 and 3-4, leveling the score at 4-4 before the Spaniard claimed eight of the last 11 points to take the set 6-4 and move into the third round.
Earlier in the day, Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Hugo Dellien 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 in the second round match to enter the third round of the French Open.

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First Published: May 29 2019 | 7:00 PM IST

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