(AFP) – Defending champion Rafael Nadal lost just one game as he crushed France’s Jeremy Chardy in straight sets to advance to the third round of the Italian Open on Thursday.
The eight-time Rome champion won 6-0, 6-1 and next meets Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, the 14th seed, later in the day for a place in the quarter-finals after rain delays wiped out play on Wednesday in the joint ATP and WTA tournament.
It was a good start today. I’m happy with that victory and happy because it was one hour, and that’s important for what’s coming up.
Rafa on playing Nikoloz:
It’s a tough one. He’s a tough player, very dangerous. He hits the ball very strong. He already won two great matches here so it’s going to be a big challenge, but it’s a good test for me.
Sources: AFP, ATP Tour