French Open: Nadal breezes into third round

PARIS, SEP 30 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 9/30/2020 1:20:12 PM IST

Rafael Nadal continued his quest for a record-extending 13th French Open title with a 6-1, 6-0, 6-3 crushing of American Mackenzie McDonald to advance into the third round on Wednesday, reports Reuters.

The Spanish second seed, also looking to equal Roger Federer’s men’s record of 20 singles Grand Slam titles, was never bothered on court Philippe Chatrier. The claycourt master played deep, using his forehand to devastating effect to set up a third-round meeting with Japanese Kei Nishikori or Italian Stefano Travaglia.
After world number 236 McDonald won the second game, Nadal bagged 11 games in a row to move two sets up and despite some resistance from his opponent early in the third set, he had no trouble improving his win-loss record at Roland Garros to 95-2.
“My objective is to play as well as I can. It was a good match for me today. I’m very happy,” said Nadal.
“Then it’s another difficult match. We’ll see, I hope I’ll be at a good level. It’s always special for me to play here in Paris, on court Philippe Chatrier,” he added.
Stan Wawrinka storms into third round 
With his scintillating performance, Swiss tennis player Stan Wawrinka reached the third round of the French Open on Wednesday after defeating Germany’s Dominik Koepfer 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1.
While Wawrinka dominated the first two sets, Koepfer made a comeback in the third set. Wawrinka then wrapped up the game after clinching the fourth set quite easily.
Wawrinka, the 2014 Australian Open champion, recorded his 150th Grand Slam match win to become the 15th man in history to reach the milestone at the majors.
Tsitsipas digs deep to overcome Jaume Munar
World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas clawed his way back from two sets down to beat little-known Jaume Munar 4-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 and survive a French Open first round scare on Tuesday.
Tsitsipas, a losing finalist in Hamburg on Sunday, looked to be cruising through the first set after breaking the Spanish clay court specialist at the start to go 3-1 up. But his lead eroded as did his concentration and Munar countered the Greek’s power with some superb baseline winners to race back and win the first set 6-4.
Fifth-seed Tsitsipas, who lost in his first game at the Italian Open earlier this month, started crumbling under pressure, littering the court with dozens of unforced errors.
Kiki Bertens leaves court in wheelchair after win
Fifth seed Kiki Bertens left the court in a wheelchair after a gruelling and bad-tempered second-round victory over Sara Errani in the French Open.
The Dutchwoman was in tears with cramps after her 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 9-7 victory over the Italian, who quickly departed without tapping racquets at the net, and also shouted an obscenity.
Errani, runner up in 2012, also appeared to mock Bertens’ cramping.
The match, featuring 24 breaks of serve, lasted three hours 11 minutes.


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