Nine-time champion, Rafael Nadal of Spain, eased into the third round of the French Open with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 win against countryman Nicolas Almagro on Thursday.
Although the sixth-seeded Nadal had to save a break point in his opening service game, and was not always at his fluent best with his shot-making, he stepped up a gear in a dominant third set to secure his 13th win in 14 matches against Almagro.
Almagro showed admirable defensive qualities, saving three set points in the opening set.
Nadal clinched it on serve with a crisp forehand winner and then broke Almagro at the start of the second set. After saving two break points in the ninth game, Nadal hit two clean aces to move 5-4 ahead