French Open - Men: Nadal powers into third round

Thu, 31 May 21:32:00 2012

Holder Rafael Nadal continued his march towards a record-breaking seventh French Open title with a 6-2 6-2 6-0 demolition of Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin in the second round.

Rafael Nadal of Spain returns the ball to Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan during the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris - 0

The second-seeded Spaniard tormented his 43rd-ranked opponent with his mix of power and accuracy to seal victory in less than two hours on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

Nadal, bidding to surpass the mark of six Roland Garros titles he jointly holds with Swede Bjorn Borg, prevailed on his first match point with his 19th forehand winner.

Nadal, who has only dropped nine games in his first two matches and lost only one match since his debut on the Paris clay in 2005, will next face Argentine Eduardo Schwank after he beat German 32nd seed Florian Mayer 2-6 6-3 6-4 7-6(4).

Although he reckoned his first serve still needs some adjustments, Nadal was happy on all accounts.

"I improved during the third set. This is when I had the upper hand. I played my best tennis. I made almost no mistakes," Nadal said.

"It was a dream type of third set. In general, I feel really good."

Nadal also feels happier as a person.

"I said I felt better, but I was not saying my season's going to be better. I was saying that during practice and during the tournament my attitude is slightly more positive, and it's less difficult," he explained.

"Whereas last year, due to my attitude, which was less positive, it was more difficult for me. The rallies were longer, and I was not at home and I felt it was a bit long.

"This year I'm having fun, a lot of fun, I'm happy, and I'm not - how can I say? I'm not suffering from the fact that I'm far from home."

Nadal, however, hopes he will celebrate his 26th birthday in Paris for the seventh time in eight years, having always won the title after blowing out his candles at Roland Garros.

"It is difficult to celebrate a good birthday when you are in the middle of the tournament, but sure, I'm gonna go for dinner with the team,” he added.

"I don't know if some of my family are going to come. I don't know yet. The important thing is I am in the third round and hopefully I can celebrate the birthday in Paris and not in Mallorca."

Local favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga survived a second-set wobble and a rain delay to book his place in the third round with a 6-2 4-6 6-2 6-1 victory over German Cedrik-Marcel Stebe.

The fifth-seeded Tsonga was level at one set all and 1-1 in the third when play resumed after being interrupted by rain on Wednesday and he was just too sharp for the world number 90.

Tsonga, the last Frenchman to reach a Grand Slam final, at the 2008 Australian Open, started with a break and never looked back on Court Philippe Chatrier.

He spent just under an hour on court to finish off Stebe and set up a meeting with Italian Fabio Fognini, who beat Serbian 28th seed Viktor Troicki 6-2 3-6 4-6 6-3 8-6.

Spanish sixth seed David Ferrer eased through in straight sets) 6-3 6-3 6-2 against Benoit Paire of France.

He will face 27th seed Mikhail Youzhny in the third round after the Russian beat Robin Haase of the Netherlands 6-3 7-6(5) 6-4.

Fourth-seeded Scot Andy Murray overcame a bad back injury in the opening set, which left him tapping serves over the net, to beat Jarkko Nieminen of Finland 1-6 6-4 6-1 6-2 (see separate report).

Murray next plays Santiago Giraldo of Colombia. He shocked 25th seed Bernard Tomic of Australia in straight sets, 6-4 6-1 6-3.

Eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia disposed of Jeremy Chardy 7-6(4) 6-1 7-5 to earn a spot in the last 32 opposite another Frenchman, 29th seed Julien Benneteau, who beat Russian Dmitry Tursunov 6-4 6-4 6-4.

In the second-longest match in French Open history, home player Paul-Henri Mathieu shocked American 10th seed John Isner 7-6(2) 4-6 4-6 6-3 18-16.

Spain’s Nicolas Almagro, seeded 12th, beat Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis 6-4 6-3 7-5. Argentine Leonardo Mayer is next for him following a 7-6(5) 7-6(4) 7-5 upset of German 24th seed Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Thirteenth-seeded Juan Monaco trashed Czech Lukas Rosol in the second set of a straight-sets win, but had to go to tiebreaks in the other two as he won 7-6(4) 6-0 7-6(5).

The Argentine goes up against 19th seed Milos Raonic after the Canadian beat American Jesse Levine 6-4 7-5 6-2.

Crowd favourite Richard Gasquet, the 17th seed, reached the last 32 with a 5-7 7-5 6-2 6-3 win over Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria.

He will face German Tommy Haas, who beat Ukraine's Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-2 6-3 6-2.

Belgian David Goffin beat home player Arnaud Clement 3-6 7-6(2) 0-6 6-2 6-1.

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  1. It's not my place to "tell you" the­ "motive" ... I didn't write the post you­ first objected to. I can only make assumptions about­ other people's motives, just as you do. Mine are­ just different from yours, in this particular instance.­ As for whether or not you are "expected to get­ into a conversation" about anything at all.­ that's entirely your choice. Seems you chose to­ pick up on the argument, despite the fact that it­ wasn't a topic you particularly wanted to pursue.­ Segregation of various player's fans has never been­ officially mandated on this site .. as far as I'm­ aware .. and the quality of posts differs wildly from­ day to day ... hence the free-for-all nature of some of­ the 'arguments' here and the somewhat­ repetitive nature of same ! :-)

    From truvanfan, on Sat 2 Jun 2:41
  2. @truvanfan, Yiannisp has still not answered the­ question we put to him/her, what was the point of­ coming on this Rafa post, if all yiannisp wanted to­ talk about was allegations that have been made against­ Rafa, yiannisp came to the wrong place to discuss it. I­ am baffled by MOST of the Federer fans on here. Rafa­ fans were talking about his win and one Federer fan­ comes on here and starts talking about a delicate­ subject. Are we expected to get into a conversation­ about it or about all the little accusations thrown at­ Rafa on a daily basis? Please tell me what was the­ motive of the half a dozen Federer fans that came here­ yesterday? It was to demean Rafa again. It was to upset­ his fans again. As someone said earlier and i repeat,­ maybe we should stay on our favourite players posts and­ then we won't offend each other.

    From , on Fri 1 Jun 23:52
  3. Dosh, quite a few players have complained about the­ time Rafa takes between points and he has had time­ violations given to him. The fact that nobody has­ actually managed to change things, for the long term,­ is neither here nor there. Clearly, if any of his­ opponents were really determined to make a stink about­ it, they would have done so. I imagine they take it in­ their stride and deal with it, just as any player must­ deal with the peculiarities of whichever opponent they­ face on the other side of the net. Spectators seem to­ get more upset about it than the players themselves,­ I'll give you that. :-)

    From truvanfan, on Fri 1 Jun 23:35
  4. Mica Mica, if you think you can read a poster's­ motivation, simply by knowing which player he prefers­ to watch, then, obviously, you'll segregate us all­ into "bunches" (as you put it.) I've­ probably read a lot more posts from JannisP, over the­ years, than you have, so my expectations ... and my­ understanding of where he was coming from ... were­ somewhat different from yours, that's all. Not all­ 'Fed fans' are 'Rafa haters' and some­ even manage to retain their individuality and decide,­ for themselves, what comments they are going to respond­ to. I'm not sure when congratulating a player ...­ who is never going to read the message board anyway ...­ became a prerequisite to posting here. Good luck to­ all, players and posters alike ! :-)

    From truvanfan, on Fri 1 Jun 23:27
  5. Teodora..yes, I'm showing my true colors?...we both­ are..the difference between you and I is that I always­ have. You have finally told the forum your true­ feelings about how..or maybe I should say why Rafa­ ended Federer's perfect perception in the world of­ tennis, subsequently paving the way for other players­ who had never beaten the Swiss maestro. In your own­ word, Teodora, this is how Rafa did it:­ "Gamesmanship, MTO's, time delays and voodoo­ rituals" " You also say "beauty was­ beaten by Power - Power that was deservedly mocked by­ many..deservedly? please tell us why. But wait! maybe­ Federer is still perfect.."Federer at 31 gave Rafa­ a bagel very this means he's still­ perfect? To you? Yes, but to tennis fans who­ acknowledge the status quo.. ie Nole being no. 1, Rafa­ no. 2 and Federer no. 3? he is not least­ not on the basis of winning a bagel set. ­ "Nadal's pathetic warrior mask - a string of­ constant complaints and rules transgressions on­ court"- constant complaints? wow they're­ many.. It seems you like facts so far, please give us a­ few.rules transgressions on court? don't you think­ its strange that no single player, or the ATP have­ complained - the people most affected by this constant­ rule breaking since he began his career 11yrs ago? ie­ other than Federer fans on this forum? The person who­ should change is you, I don't have to say it, its­ clear many people here don't respect you. I'm­ sorry.

    From Dosh, on Fri 1 Jun 22:01
  6. I was trying to say. i love the healthy rivalry between­ fed and Rafa and i love their friendship off court.­ They are both amazing players and amazing men.

    From , on Fri 1 Jun 16:26
  7. nothing changes on this site. so roger federer fans are­ trying to take over this rafael nadal article. Lets see­ if Rafael Nadal fans take over Rogers article later.

    From Sara, on Fri 1 Jun 16:22
  8. @jodi, exactly. fed-ex fans focus on Rafa so much more­ than Fed. I think they are concerned that fed will not­ win another grandslam because Rafa keeps getting in his­ way. As someone who admires Fed too I think he will­ wiln more grandslams and love how Rafa makes fed a­ better player and fed makes Rafa a better player. There­ rivalry on vpurt and friendship off court is amazing.

    From , on Fri 1 Jun 16:18
  9. maybe Fed/Djoko fans should be more focused on Fed and­ Djoko instead of Rafa.. if you dislike Rafa so much,­ what are you doing here? i know i don't click the­ Fed/Murray/Djoko newspage, let alone read he comments­ there.. or maybe.. some of you have a secret crush on­ rafa that we don't know about.. hope you're not­ in denial.. i mean, what would fed think? ;)

    From Jodi, on Fri 1 Jun 15:47
  10. @truvanfan, I understand that Yiannis did not bring up­ the doping issue, I said yiannis came onto this post­ and joined in on a comment that was made by a person­ who came over from the Murray post, maybe he was bored­ of insulting Murray. Rafa's fans were discussing­ Rafa's performance yesterday. Did Yiannis come on­ here to congratulate Rafa or talk about the game he­ played today? Definitely not, yiannis came here to­ bring up that early comment and continue it. If­ Rafa's fans came onto a Federer post and did that,­ we would be questioned and thumbed down. I think­ there's a bunch of you pretending to be Federer­ fans, pretending to be tennis fans who are on here to­ vent your frustrations and have a good cyber fight.

    From , on Fri 1 Jun 14:13
  11. @Dosh, Good afternoon (in the UK) and thank you, i can­ see that there are a handful of Federer fans on this­ forum who dislike Rafa because of Rafa's record­ against Fed but what's the point of coming on here­ everyday to argue with Rafa fans over it? If they think­ Rafa is cheating or taking drugs contact the correct­ authorities who can deal with it and take action­ against Rafa. Are they expecting me to read their­ comments and change my mind about supporting Rafa?­ It's lovely when real tennis fans sit on here and­ talk about tennis but when the haters come out it's­ just plain exhausting and depressing. If you dislike­ Rafa that much, then ignore the Spanish drug using­ cheater ! Stop coming on his posts to annoy his fans.

    From , on Fri 1 Jun 13:54
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    John, if you had followed Teodora you would know that­ for a long, long time she never provoked out of nowhere­ and has been always using legal means, i.e. logic,­ facts and doesn't not use below the belt tactics,­ like some people here who without any shame put words­ in your mouth just to gain support and intensify the­ fanaticism. But Teodora is also human and patience­ has its limits.

    From YiannisP, on Fri 1 Jun 13:35
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    Teo, :-) .....

    From truvanfan, on Fri 1 Jun 13:26
  14. True, Yiannis, there are too many fanatics and they go­ everywhere they can to get a bite. Look at­ Teodora's latest sarcastic put-down. What's­ that doing on this thread? Very aggressive if you ask­ me but I decline the invitation, and I hope Dosh does­ too. Anyway, this thread is dead. Let's see if we­ can start the next one on a better footing. Today is­ Roger and Nole's day so let's see how the Rafa­ fans react to whatever happens on court. And by fans I­ mean people interested in tennis, not hate merchants of­ whatever ilk.

    From John, on Fri 1 Jun 13:19
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    Thumb down, you Mordor orcs, that's all you can­ when God has deprived you of dignity and reason :)

    From Teodora, on Fri 1 Jun 13:18
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    As Dosh has put it right: Federer fans are angry at­ Rafa and his fans because Nadal stopped Roger and the­ poor Swiss could not break the GS record, could not­ make Career Slam, could not break the consecutive weeks­ at no1 record, could not win the World Tour Finals­ record 6 times, could not win Best athlete Laureus­ Award 4 consecutive times, could not win Fan's­ Favorite and Sportsmanship Awards for a record number­ of consecutive years, could not top every unofficial­ and official poll for the Greatest ever player... If it­ wasn't for Rafa all this could happen to Roger and­ his fans could be happy, but the Matador took­ everything and left the veteran with empty hands.

    From Teodora, on Fri 1 Jun 13:01
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    Yes John, that would ber a good guideline but...last­ time in Federer's thread these internet apache­ warriors were swarming it and not allowing any­ conversation, everything pro-Federer was thumbed down­ in a flash. Also when I wrote there, I did not even­ congratulate Federer, I said he wasn't playing good­ enough. What's the fun of saying always nice­ "positive" things? Is this the kindergarden?!

    From YiannisP, on Fri 1 Jun 12:56
  18. Yiannis P: Quite right, stick to Roger's boards and­ avoid the hassle. I agree that you have been­ misinterpreted today but then, the previous comment­ that started the whole thing was pure hate mail and­ your post looked like a supporting argument. Context is­ all. In general: I think a good guideline for all of­ us would be to post on the boards of the player/s we­ like and support, but when we venture into Apache­ territory carry a token of peace, e.g.: "Good­ match by Nadal, signed: a Fed fan". There are­ plenty of those on here too, so all is not lost.

    From John, on Fri 1 Jun 12:40
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    Hannelore, James W was/is indeed a great writer, but­ the best thing about him was that he never assumed that­ all fans of any particular player spoke with just one­ voice ... unlike some who remain on this site.

    From truvanfan, on Fri 1 Jun 12:36
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    Yes Teo, shame about Dosh indeed, yet another­ disappointment. Anyway, enough with the civilized­ language. That will be my last educated post to the­ Nadal fans here. This little chat has proven that It is­ totally fruitless to try to write anything thoughtful.­ There are only three explanations: The benign one: your­ language skills are not sufficient so you don't­ understand what I'm saying. The most probable one:­ most of you are too dense to understand and pay­ attention to what I am saying and are being manipulated­ like sheep by a couple of not stupid people. The worst­ one: you are most perfectly able to understand what I­ am saying but you're vile by nature, you don't­ care and you behave like a pack of hyenas. In either­ case, from now one I'll speak the language you­ deserve.

    From YiannisP, on Fri 1 Jun 12:23
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