Rafael Nadal clinched his place in the third round of the US Open with an easy win over Rogerio Dutra Silva of Brazil on Thursday. The 12-time grand slam champion needed just one hour and 32 minutes to dispatch with the Brazilian, coming through 6-2 6-1 6-0. The Spaniard will now face Ivan Dodig in round three.
“I was solid with the serve which is always important. I played better as the match developed. It was great to be back on court in the night session for the first time in two years. It’s amazing, it’s a great court.
Dodig is a tough player. I lost to him the last time in a tough, close match. He has had two good wins here over Fernando Verdasco and Nikolay Davydenko. He’s very dangerous,” said Rafa.
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