(AFP) – Rafael Nadal powered his way into the third round of the Italian Open on Wednesday with a straight sets win over Bosnian Damir Dzumhur.
The Spaniard won through 6-1, 6-0 in an hour as he targets an eighth title at the Foro Italico and first since 2013.
After the match, Rafa said:
It was a positive match, of course. It was important, after a loss in Madrid, to come back strong. And that’s what I did today. I went on court with the right intensity.
I don’t know how many mistakes I made, but not many. I also had control, more or less, of a high percentage of the points. That was the way that I want to play.
Rafa lost his first match on clay in over a year last week in the Madrid quarter-finals to Austrian Dominic Thiem and as a result lost his world number one ranking to Roger Federer.
Rafa took the first set in 34 minutes coasting to victory in just one hour. He next takes on either Denis Shapovalov or Robin Haase.