French Open: Rafael Nadal cruised into last 16 with win over Nikoloz Bashashvili [PHOTOS]

(AP) – Rafael Nadal dropped just one game on his way to a straight-sets victory over Nikoloz Basilazhvili.

It was Rafa’s 100th best-of-five-sets match on clay. He has a 98-2 win-loss record.

With the rainclouds rolling in, Rafa seemed keen to get his third-round match over as quickly as possible and the No. 4 seed took 90 minutes to win 6-0, 6-1, 6-0.

Rafa after his easy third-round win:

I don’t know if it was perfection. I went on court thinking it was going to be a tough match … I believe I played the best match since a while.

It is always important to be through, that’s the most important thing, but obviously when you have positive feelings it is even more important.

Basilashvili had been playing well, he won against Gilles Simon in the first round who is tough opponent and also Viktor Troicki.

I’m happy because I had never played against him and I knew it would be tough.

Source: AP

13 comments

  1. Love Rafael. VAMOS RAFA . Since you were ranked 58 at 17 years old. Kimberly even went to Sony Ericsson in Miami to watch 2x; and Rogers in TO multiple x.

  2. Partido 10 como el trofeo k vas a ganar d nuevo…jugando asi…
    Y FELICIDADES!!!! K cumplas muchosas y sigua igualcomo eres…

  3. WOULD LIKE TO SEE RAFA PLAY LIKE TODAY UNTIL THE END OF HIS CAREER HOPEFULLY SEVERAL YEARS LATER.

  4. I am so happy because Rafa is so comfortable in his own skin at the moment and playing superb tennis. I am convinced he will be the real King of Clay and get the championship he really really wants! All his fans are so happy and always behind him. We love his exciting team
    Nissan, his impeccable behaviour and his outstanding dedication! No one like him xx

  5. HAPPY BIRTHDAY

    Rafa, you were MERCILESS. Looking forward to seeing you in the fourth round. Your next opponent is going to give you a run for your money. No more easy-peasy. Get the job done.

  6. congratulations champ you are again in the fourth round now you are going to face bautista agut. That will not be easy for you. Be prepare for a big fight. Agut is very good player

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