Claycourt grasp Rafael Nadal powered his manner into the fourth round of his beloved French Open as his campaign for a record-extending 13th title picked up momentum with a cruel 6-1 6-Four 6-Zero demolition of Italian Stefano Travaglia on Friday. The second seed, trying to match Roger Federer’s record of 20 males’s Grand Slam singles titles, will subsequent meet 20-year-old American Sebastian Korda, one in every of his largest admirers.
“That means that I have been on the TV for such a long time, that’s the main thing. The same like when I was a kid, I was watching (Pete) Sampras, (Andre) Agassi, Carlos Moya, etc,” stated Nadal, who has but to lose a set on this yr’s version.
“Another negative thing that means is that I am 34. That’s another point that is not beautiful. But I’m happy to hear that. I know he’s playing great. He’s a very young kid with a lot of power. I think he has an amazing future — hopefully not yet.”
Nadal confronted little resistance on courtroom Philippe Chatrier, hitting 28 winners as the celebrities begin to align for the Spaniard.
“The scoreline is because I did a lot of good things, I went to the net more often, I was more aggressive,” he stated.
“I played my best match here at Roland Garros this year.”
Nadal, in his 16th consecutive look at Roland Garros since his triumphant debut in 2005, began in dominant trend, successful the primary 9 factors.
After 23 minutes, the primary set was already within the bag. Travaglia had just managed six factors, being utterly overwhelmed by the Spaniard’s energy.
The 74th-ranked Italian performed deeper early within the second set and Nadal discovered himself with a bit further of a problem.
He broke for 4-Three however within the following game confronted his first break level, which he saved to increase his result in 5-3, then held to like to maneuver two units up.
Travaglia’s resistance price him dearly as he collapsed within the third set, managing just eight factors.
“I made a step forward in a lot of ways,” stated Nadal. “I think he played a great second set, it was close. I was able to find a way.”