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Nadal, Thiem breeze into third round

By The Assam Tribune

PARIS, Oct 1: Rafael Nadal, the 12-time Roland Garros champion, completed another overwhelming show at the ongoing French Open as he registered a straight-sets win against No. 236 Mackenzie McDonald to progress to the next round.

On Wednesday, the �King of Clay� defeated McDonald 6-1, 6-0, 6-3 in just one hour and 40 minutes to improve his record at the clay court Grand Slam to 95-2.

�I am very happy,� Nadal said after his triumph as per the ATP Tour website.

�It will be another difficult match against Travaglia or Nishikori. I hope to play a good level. It�s always very special to play here in Paris, especially here on Court Philippe-Chatrier, so I�m very happy to play another time,� he added.

Second seed Nadal will now face Italy�s Stefano Travaglia in the round of 32. The latter survived a five-set thriller against Japan�s Kei Nishikori to advance 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7), 4-6, 6-2.

In the other men�s singles clash, newly-crowned US Open champion Dominic Thiem extended his winning streak to nine matches, defeating American qualifier Jack Sock 6-1, 6-3, 7-6 (6) in two hours and 22 minutes. He will next face No. 28 seed Casper Ruud.

Meanwhile, in women�s singles, top seed Simona Halep beat her fellow Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu 6-3, 6-4 to book a spot in the third round, while third seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine overcame Mexican qualifier Renata Zarazua 6-3, 0-6, 6-2 to keep on track for her maiden Grand Slam title.

Former champion Jelena Ostapenko reached the third round by beating second-seeded Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 6-2.

Ostapenko won her only major title here in 2017.

Pliskova reached the semifinals that year and lost to Simona Halep. There were blue skies over Roland Garros after days of rain but the roof stayed over Court Philippe-Chatrier for their match.

The unseeded Latvian player next faces 29th-seeded Sloane Stephens or Paula Badosa. Danish teen Clara Tauson�s surprise run is over after losing to American player Danielle Collins 6-2, 6-3 in the second round.

The 17-year-old Tauson came through the qualifying rounds. She upset US Open semifinalist and No. 21 seed Jennifer Brady in the first round.

That victory made her the first Danish woman in the second round of any major tournament since 1989 other than former Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki.

The unseeded Collins next faces 2016 champion and No. 11 seed Garbine Muguruza or Kristyna Pliskova. � Agencies

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Nadal, Thiem breeze into third round

PARIS, Oct 1: Rafael Nadal, the 12-time Roland Garros champion, completed another overwhelming show at the ongoing French Open as he registered a straight-sets win against No. 236 Mackenzie McDonald to progress to the next round.

On Wednesday, the �King of Clay� defeated McDonald 6-1, 6-0, 6-3 in just one hour and 40 minutes to improve his record at the clay court Grand Slam to 95-2.

�I am very happy,� Nadal said after his triumph as per the ATP Tour website.

�It will be another difficult match against Travaglia or Nishikori. I hope to play a good level. It�s always very special to play here in Paris, especially here on Court Philippe-Chatrier, so I�m very happy to play another time,� he added.

Second seed Nadal will now face Italy�s Stefano Travaglia in the round of 32. The latter survived a five-set thriller against Japan�s Kei Nishikori to advance 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7), 4-6, 6-2.

In the other men�s singles clash, newly-crowned US Open champion Dominic Thiem extended his winning streak to nine matches, defeating American qualifier Jack Sock 6-1, 6-3, 7-6 (6) in two hours and 22 minutes. He will next face No. 28 seed Casper Ruud.

Meanwhile, in women�s singles, top seed Simona Halep beat her fellow Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu 6-3, 6-4 to book a spot in the third round, while third seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine overcame Mexican qualifier Renata Zarazua 6-3, 0-6, 6-2 to keep on track for her maiden Grand Slam title.

Former champion Jelena Ostapenko reached the third round by beating second-seeded Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 6-2.

Ostapenko won her only major title here in 2017.

Pliskova reached the semifinals that year and lost to Simona Halep. There were blue skies over Roland Garros after days of rain but the roof stayed over Court Philippe-Chatrier for their match.

The unseeded Latvian player next faces 29th-seeded Sloane Stephens or Paula Badosa. Danish teen Clara Tauson�s surprise run is over after losing to American player Danielle Collins 6-2, 6-3 in the second round.

The 17-year-old Tauson came through the qualifying rounds. She upset US Open semifinalist and No. 21 seed Jennifer Brady in the first round.

That victory made her the first Danish woman in the second round of any major tournament since 1989 other than former Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki.

The unseeded Collins next faces 2016 champion and No. 11 seed Garbine Muguruza or Kristyna Pliskova. � Agencies

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