US OPEN 2013
Nadal Breezes Into Third Round
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
Rafael Nadal’s 2013 hard court resume is steadily becoming a full biography. The Spaniard continued his dominance on asphalt with a 6-2, 6-1, 6-0 rout of qualifier Rogerio Dutra Silva in the second round of the US Open. Nadal improved to 17-0 on hard courts this year after registering the most lopsided (completed) victory on a Grand Slam hard court of his career.
“I think I finished the match playing well, doing a few things well, moving better,” said Nadal. “The important thing at the end is winning 6‑2, 6‑1, 6‑0. The result says that I did the right things.”
Nadal is thrilled to be back at the US Open after missing the tournament last year. “It's true that in New York the nighttime sessions are special. The show, the music, the crowd is a little bit more like showtime during the evening. I love the crowd in New York. I feel great every time that I have the chance to play in Arthur Ashe Stadium, even if is day or night. Today I have the chance to play night session after three years. That's an amazing feeling.”
As for Dutra Silva, entering the US Open the World No. 134 had not won a tour-level match in over a year, with his only previous hard court tour-level victories coming in New York in 2011 and 2012. On Tuesday, the Brazilian saved seven match points in a narrow first round defeat of Vasek Pospisil. Stretched to the limit, he would escape in over four hours, 12-10 in a fifth set tie-break.
Nadal had nothing but respect for Dutra Silva after his marathon in the first round. “He played with good attitude, I think, fighting for every ball. He was probably a little bit tired coming off an amazing match the other day against a very good player like Pospisil. I went on court with huge respect for him. I saw Pospisil playing very well in Montréal this year, winning amazing matches against very tough players.”
The man from Mallorca improves to 19-0 lifetime against qualifiers in Grand Slam play and 11-0 overall against Brazilian opponents. The win moves the 2010 US Open champion into the third round where he will next face Ivan Dodig. Dodig shocked Nadal in their most previous meeting, upsetting the Spaniard in a final set tie-break in Montreal two years ago.