Ruthless Nadal storms into French Open last 16

Source: Xinhua| 2017-06-02 22:47:39|Editor: Zhou Xin
Video PlayerClose

PARIS, June 2 (Xinhua) -- Rafael Nadal, nine-time winner at Roland Garros, geared up pretty well in his quest for the 10th trophy as he swept Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-0, 6-1, 6-0 in men's singles third round here on Friday.

The "King of Clay" only surrendered one game during a 90-minute span, and lost just 12 of his service points - 22/29 on first serve and 19/24 on second serve.

"In the beginning of the match he was not playing bad, and I was able to produce winners, play with no mistakes and play very long. It was a great match for me," said Nadal after his lop-sided win.

"I won with that score against a player that already beat Simon and Troicki, so I cannot say another thing. I played very well," he added.

Nadal will next face his Spanish compatriot Roberto Bautista Agut, who eliminated Czech Jiri Vesely 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.

"Rafa (Nadal) is playing his best tennis at present on clay. I will try and play fast, and then we will see what happens. It is going to be very complicated," Agut pointed out.

After winning 6-1, 7-6 (4), 6-3 against Steve Johnson, the No. 6 seed Dominic Thiem booked a fourth-round clash with Horacio Zeballos, who went through on the tenth-seeded David Goffin's withdrawal due to an ankle injury.

"I don't know what to feel. One part I'm a little happy because it's my best tournament. But also I'm sad for him. It's like mixed emotions," commented Zeballos.