Match report

Eduardo Schwank ©
French Open
3rd round
6/2/12 1 2 3 Tot
ar  Eduardo Schwank 1 3 4 0
es  Rafael Nadal 6 6 6 3
Rafael Nadal ©
  • Nadal rolls in Paris, upends Schwank

    6/3/12 4:30 AM | Cheryl Murray
    Defending Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal continued his march through the draw, this time with Eduardo Schwank as his victim.

    Nadal was not, perhaps, as impressive in this match as he was against Denis Istomin, but the Spaniard played tidy tennis, putting in 32 winners and 16 unforced errors in his straight-set victory over Argentina's Eduardo Schwank.

    Schwank didn’t put up a fight in the opening set.Nadal secured three breaks of serve, while Schwank squandered the two chances he had, resulting in a first-set breadstick.

    Nadal didn't serve particularly well in the second set.The world No. 2, not known for a booming first serve, allowed his first serve percentage to dip below 60%. Still, Nadal proved opportunistic, breaking Schwank on his only opportunity.

    The third set played similarly to the second. Nadal went one for one on break-point chances, while completely staving off Schwank on his own serve.

    Nadal will battle good friend Juan Monaco in the fourth round.

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RickyDimon , 6/3/12 5:38 AM

And Happy Birthday to Rafa! Hope everything is smooth sailing for him from now on.

One positive I take from this match; at least Rafa was thinking and trying to return the serve out wide with his DTL backhand shot; instead of going CC all the time when his opponent was waiting at the net to intercept his CC shot and would then flip the ball over the net to the other side of the court for a winner while Rafa was too far away at the other corner to get to the ball. Rafa is strong enough at both wings to hit the DTL returns to counter his opponent's serves out wide. I hope he can perfect this return skill so that he can carry on returning serves from far behind the baseline on clay to neutralize the effects of his opponents' big serves.

luckystar , 6/3/12 6:02 AM


rafaisthebest , 6/3/12 7:16 AM

Happy 26th Birthday Rafa! Here's hoping you can have a real celebration next Sunday! :)

Nativenewyorker , 6/3/12 7:37 AM

Feliz Cumpleanos, Rafa!

nadline , 6/3/12 9:03 AM

Shireling , 6/3/12 9:16 AM

Actually, my spanish is thanks to microsoft translator!

nadline , 6/3/12 10:58 AM

Happy Birthday, dear Rafa!

May all your wishes come true...let's start with wining your 7th RG title!

Vamos Rafa!

natashao , 6/3/12 11:02 AM

Happy Birthday dear Rafa - I wish you everything you wish for yourself.

Vamos our Rafa & God bless.

schatz , 6/3/12 11:21 AM

is Rafa reading this thread?

RickyDimon , 6/3/12 1:15 PM

^^the positivity from the birthday wishes will waft merrily to RG and embed itself in Rafa's psyche so yes, Rafa's "reading" this thread................

I hope that answers your question.

rafaisthebest , 6/3/12 1:33 PM

Happy Birthday, Rafa!!!

Hoping that you have a wonderful day today, and that you win you 7th RG title next week!!!


Monalysa , 6/3/12 2:48 PM

Happy Birthday Rafa! May you bite the Roland Garros trophy for the 7th time! Vamos!!!

RAFAREE , 6/3/12 4:26 PM

Happy birthday Rafael nadal

Hoping that you have a very good year

anji123 , 6/3/12 5:55 PM

Rafa's third on Suzanne Lenglen tomorrow after Tipsy/Almagro and Na Li/Shvedova

Vamos Rafa!!!!!

rafaisthebest , 6/3/12 7:05 PM

Here's what Rafa had to say after his match yesterday:

"I'm very satisfied with my results on clay, and I must admit that my results on clay are quite special,"

nadline , 6/3/12 8:35 PM

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