5/31/12 4:34 PM | Cheryl Murray
Rafael Nadal gave Denis Istomin a tough tennis lesson on Thursday as the Spaniard played ruthless tennis to advance to the third round.
Defending French Open champion Rafael Nadal battered Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin as the second round wrapped up in Paris on Thursday.
Except for a few games at the beginning of the second set, Nadal's ground game was brutally efficient. The Spaniard employed a tactic of returning from way behind the baseline and quickly making his way forward to take control of the point.
For the first set and a bit of the second, Nadal's first-serve percentage was below 50%, but by the end of the second he'd raised that to 74%. In the third, which he completely dominated, he missed just one first serve.
Istomin earned himself a couple of chances to break Nadal's serve at the beginning of the second set, thanks to some big hitting and a couple of errors from the No. 2 seed. But Nadal hit his way out of trouble. From there on, Nadal took control of the match, gaining confidence with each game.
By the third set, Istomin was no longer a factor in the match. Nadal hit 10 winners and no unforced errors in the set. In the end, the world No. 2 won all but five points in the third frame.
Nadal will take on the winner of Florian Mayer and Eduardo Schwank in the third round.
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