Nadal through in French Open

Number one seed Rafael Nadal eased into the second week of the French Open as he won his third-round match against Antonio Veic in straight sets.

The Spaniard, chasing his sixth Roland Garros title and a 10th Grand Slam win, saw off the Croatian qualifier 6-1 6-3 6-0 in one hour and 41 minutes.

Having been below his best in his two matches so far, Nadal was slightly inconsistent during this one too, especially during an error-ridden second set, but he ultimately had enough for the man who shocked Nikolay Davydenko in the last round.

Nadal flew out of the traps and broke serve in the opening game, and then cemented the break to love thanks to some terrific defence.

Despite his first serve statistics reading 17% at one stage, he moved 4-0 clear and then closed out the first set for the loss of a game despite struggling to get as much depth as he normally does on his ground strokes.

The Mallorcan staved off two break points at the start of the second set, but his serve crumbled in the third game, only for him to respond by breaking twice himself as he stepped up the pace.

Veic broke again, though, only for Nadal to take the game on his opponent‘s serve for a third time in the set to tee-up a 6-3 success.

The underdog‘s resolve was broken by this point, and Nadal only needed 25 minutes to wrap up a third-set win to love, a crunching forehand winner in the second game the highlight, serving notice of his intentions to continue his dominance of this event.

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