US OPEN 2013
Unbreakable Nadal Beats Dodig For 4th Rd Spot
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
World No. 2 Rafael Nadal is through to the fourth round of the US Open without losing serve. The 2010 champion dismissed Ivan Dodig 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 on Saturday to set a fourth-round clash with Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Nadal could not have asked for a better start to his campaign for a 13th Grand Slam title. The Spaniard is yet to drop a set and has held all 37 of his service games in the tournament. He hit 37 winners to 26 unforced errors and broke Dodig four times to claim victory in two hours and eight minutes. Dodig had won their last meeting two years ago on the hard courts of Montreal.
"I think I played a correct match today," said Nadal. "To be able to win against him in straight sets is great news. I played better today than in the previous matches. Always a positive thing. Every win means a lot. I'm happy with the way that I am playing, and trying to be ready for the next [match].
"[My serve] is working, but I am not serving at 130 miles per hour every time. So it's working because I am playing well from the baseline. It's working because I am serving with the right percentage. It's working for the first three matches. We'll see if I am able to keep working."
Nadal completed the career Grand Slam when he lifted the trophy at Flushing Meadows in 2010 (d. Djokovic) and finished runner-up in the final a year later (l. to Djokovic). He has a 37-8 event record.
The 27-year-old Nadal has a perfect 18-0 record on hard courts this season, winning three ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles in Indian Wells (d. del Potro), Montreal (d. Raonic) and Cincinnati (d. Isner). He had lost just three matches in 12 tournaments this year coming into the US Open, highlighted by winning his eighth Roland Garros crown (d. Ferrer).
In the same quarter, eighth seed Richard Gasquet advanced to the final 16 for the second straight year after Russian 32nd seed Dmitry Tursunov retired trailing 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, 4-2 due to a groin injury.
In the fourth round, the Frenchman faces Canadian 10th seed Milos Raonic, who earlier posted a win over Spanish 23rd seed Feliciano Lopez. The 22-year-old Raonic holds a 1-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head advantage over Gasquet.