(Reuters) – Ten-time champion Rafael Nadal has defeated Guido Pella in straight sets to book his place in the third round of the French Open. He won 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 in two hours and three minutes.
With rain showers forecast at Roland Garros the 31-year-old wasted no time on Court Suzanne Lenglen after saving four break points in the first game against the 78th-ranked Pella.
Once that early danger had been snuffed out Nadal offered up a masterclass against his fellow left-hander and his forehand was too hot for Pella to handle.
The Spanish world number one has now won his last 27 sets at Roland Garros, having captured a 10th title last year without dropping a set.
Rafa faces a tougher test in the next round with N0. 27 seed Richard Gasquet awaiting him on Saturday.
After the match, Rafa said:
I played such a good match today, I’m very happy with the way I played. Richard is a good friend, I’ve known him since we were 11, 12 years old. It’s the most important court of my career without a doubt, and for him a special place too.