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Nadal blows past Haase in Paris

Nadal blows past Haase in Paris

Tournament favourite Rafael Nadal sailed into the third round at Roland Garros on Wednesday after dispatching Robin Haase in straight sets.

Nadal is seeded fourth in Paris this week but clearly is the man to beat after a string of clay court victories leading up to the event suggested he was back at his best on his favoured surface.

And the Spaniard looked in total control as he saw off Dutch opponent Haase 6-1, 6-4, 6-3, finishing the match with a tally of 33 winners and only 13 unforced errors.

"I was more or less under control during the whole match, so I'm very happy. Winning in straight sets is always good news," said Nadal.

"I think I did a lot of things well."

Nadal, who won Roland Garros from 2005-2008 and again from 2010-2014, is bidding to become the first man to win a Grand Slam title 10 times.

He moves on to face Nikoloz Basilashvili, who advanced after edging Viktor Troicki 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (8-6).

Nadal remains on course for a potential semi-final meeting with Novak Djokovic, after the Serb completed a 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Joao Sousa earlier in the day.

Fifth seed Milos Raonic was another winner on the day, battling back from a slow start to defeat Rogério Dutra Silva 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4.

All of Wednesday's results

Round 2

Jiri Vesely (Czech Republic) beat Aljaz Bedene (Britain) 6-3 6-3 4-6 6-3           

17-Roberto Bautista (Spain) beat Mikhail Kukushkin (Kazakhstan) 6-3 3-6 6-3 7-6(3) 

16-Lucas Pouille (France) beat Thomaz Bellucci (Brazil) 7-6(5) 6-1 6-2             

20-Pablo Carreno (Spain) beat Taro Daniel (Japan) 7-5 6-4 4-6 6-0                  

5-Milos Raonic (Canada) beat Rogerio Dutra Silva (Brazil) 4-6 6-2 6-3 6-4          

19-Albert Ramos (Spain) beat Benjamin Bonzi (France) 6-2 6-1 6-1                   

4-Rafa Nadal (Spain) beat Robin Haase (Netherlands) 6-1 6-4 6-3                    

Nikoloz Basilashvili (Georgia) beat Viktor Troicki (Serbia) 7-6(3) 7-6(2) 7-6(6)   

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (Spain) beat Marco Trungelliti (Argentina) 7-5 6-4 7-5      

2-Novak Djokovic (Serbia) beat Joao Sousa (Portugal) 6-1 6-4 6-3                   

11-Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) beat Tommy Robredo (Spain) 6-3 6-4 7-5               

Horacio Zeballos (Argentina) beat 23-Ivo Karlovic (Croatia) 7-6(5) 7-6(5) 6-3      

25-Steve Johnson (U.S.) beat Borna Coric (Croatia) 6-2 7-6(8) 3-6 7-6(6)           

Diego Schwartzman (Argentina) beat Stefano Napolitano (Italy) 6-3 7-5 6-2          

10-David Goffin (Belgium) beat Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukraine) 6-2 6-4 3-6 6-3         

6-Dominic Thiem (Austria) beat Simone Bolelli (Italy) 7-5 6-1 6-3                  

Round 1

Renzo Olivo (Argentina) beat 12-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) 7-5 6-4 6-7(6) 6-4

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