French Open: Defending Champion Rafael Nadal Advances to Third Round

World No.1 Rafael Nadal next faces either Leonardo Mayer of Argentina or Russia's Teymuraz Gabashvili.

updated: May 29, 2014 19:18 IST
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Paris: Defending champion Rafael Nadal handed out a bruising lesson to highly-rated Austrian Dominic Thiem on Thursday as a 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 victory took the Spaniard into the French Open third round.

Eight-time winner Nadal, bidding to be the first man to clinch five Roland Garros titles in a row, had been expected to face a severe test from the 20-year-old world number 57.

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