ROLAND GARROS 2012
Nadal Dismisses Schwank; Monaco Edges Raonic
by ATP Staff|
Two-time defending Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal continued to roll through the draw Saturday, dismissing qualifier Eduardo Schwank 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 in the third round to win his 250th career clay-court match.
"I'm very satisfied with my results on clay, and I must admit that my results on clay are quite special," said Nadal.
The World No. 2 saved all four break points he faced and won 15 of his 20 net approaches to advance in two hours and 16 minutes.
"I played a solid match, [it] was similar to the second [round] against Istomin," Nadal said. "In general, it is an important victory for me. Straight sets, good feelings. That's most important thing and I'm happy."
Nadal has dropped 17 games in his first three matches, and has been broken just once by Simone Bolleli in the first round. He is looking to add to his clay-court trophy haul that has seen him triumph in Monte-Carlo, Barcelona and Rome this season.
The Spaniard will continue his pursuit for a record* seventh crown on the red clay in Paris when he takes on 13th seed Juan Monaco. The Argentine edged No. 19 seed Milos Raonic 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-4.
"He's one of the players I really like on the tour. I really get on well with him," Nadal said of Monaco. "We know each other very well, personally speaking, but also from the point of tennis. We spend a lot of hours together. We practise very often together. So we both know what we're going to try and do when we play together. We'll try and be very aggressive. We'll try and speed up and change gears. And we'll see who's going to win."
Monaco denied Raonic eight break point opportunities, and converted three of his 16 chances to claim the hard-fought win in four hours and 33 minutes. The 28 year old is through to the round of 16 for the first time since 2007.
* Frenchman Max Decugis won eight Roland Garros titles in 1903-04, '07-09, '12-14. But the French championships did not invite international players to compete at the tournament until 1925.