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By Ajay Tyagi
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Nadal stays en course for his seventh French Open title after a clinical performance today. Some huge forehands along with some excuisite court coverage made it tougher for the Argentine to come back in the match. Nadal moves into the Round of 16 again and looks really on track to defend his title again.
Schwank holds his serve to force Nadal to serve for the match, it seems like his strategy of coming forward has worked well. Nadal on the other hand looks to be only comcentrating on his serve and will come out to close out the match at 5-4 in the third.
Love hold for Nadal. Doesn't give away an inch, the Argentine seems to have given up.
A surprise love hold for Schwank. The Argentine serves big and hard, gives nothing away to the Spaniard who for the first time is unable to take a single point in a game in the match.
Comfortable hold for Nadal, even though Schwank smashes a brilliant forehand return winner appreciated by the crowd.
The Argentine is stretched once more, even when Nadal is basically ambling through the match. He does hold on this time though, as Nadal commits an unnecessary error in the last point. Nadal still leads 3-2.
Comfortable hold for Nadal, as he consolidates the break of serve. Holds to 15. Schwank really needs to hold on to have a fighting chance.
Nadal Breaks! After holding four consecutive service games, Schwank finally gives in to the Rafa onslaught. Nadal dominates, the game and easily wins it, even after a brief fight back from the Argentine.
Nadal suffers a temporary blip at 15-30, but then spurs on and takes the initiative again. Wins 3 points a row to take the game.
Schwank holds onto his serve in the first game of the set for the first time in the match, and does it relatively easily. Nadal wins just one point in the game.
Nadal wins the second set with the utmost ease once again. He broke the Argentine early, and was never really threatened on his serve except the first game. Stats of the second set once again depict an even picture, but the scoreline is really one sided once again. Nadal has 6 winners, so does his opponent. Nadal surprisingly makes more unforced errors than the Argentine. He also served a double fault, while the Argentine didn't. That said, Nadal did have 32 points in the set to Schwank's 23.
Nadal fights hard, but this time the Argentine is up to the task. Nadal is able to take three points and stretches him to deuce producing a couple of brilliant forehand winners. Schwank is able to retain serve and now takes 3 games in the set, the first time Nada has dropped 3 games in the set during the course of the tournament.
Nadal holds onfairly comfortably once again, drops just two points and is 5-2 ahead in the second now. Schwank will now serve to stay in the set.
Schwank will atleast win two games in the set now, compared to just one in the first! The Argentine is once again overworked for points, but finally gets a couple of first serves in to win the game.
A comfortable hold for Nadal, Schwank only takes one point as Nadal Holds to 15.
Schwank wins a game! The Argentine is able to take his second game of the match, but really has to work for. Nadal does what he does best, making his opponent play that extra shot, but this time Schwank was upto it and takes the game.
Fine serving from Nadal again, just gives a way single point committing an error on his forehand. Nadal is destroying the Argentine here.
Nadal breaks for the first time in the set. Schwank finding it hard to win points on his own serve. Nadal really running away with this one.
Nadal starts of uncharacteristically loosely and gives a way two break points allowing Schwank to lead 15-40. He then fights back, sort of wakes up, and takes four consecutive points to take the game.
An absolutely dominant first set for Rafa. Rafa looks immaculate and dominant. Schwank doesn't stand a chance in front of a Nadal in this mood.The Argentine will have to pull a rabbit out of a hat today to win this one. Schwank hasn't played particularly badly, its just that Nadal is unplayable when he is in this kind of mood. The stats show that, Nadal and Schwank both arrowed one ace each. The winners' count was also similar with Nadal smashing 8 to Schwank 7. Nadal just won an awful lot of important points to take the set 6-1.
Nadal really dominant again, serves hard and serves well. Takes a 5-1 lead, Schwank will now serve to stay in the set.
Schwank finally gets on the score board. He has a mini-celbration afterwards too. Nadal fights hard again, and Schwank is really having to play out of his skin to win points here, let alone a game. Score's 4-1 and Nadal will now serve to go to 5-1, which is surely an unassailable lead.
In a long protracted game, Nadal finally overcomes the Argentine who had a couple of Break Point opportunities himself but just couldn't capitalize on them.
Nadal plays some fantastic tennis, there is a reason why he is called the King on the surface. Schwank tries hard to get on the scoreboard, saves two break points. He got two game points himself to win the game, but Nadal is just too good. He stops the Argentine and wins the game finally, the Spaniard is two breaks up now.
Typical Nadal. The moment he senses a threat, he neutralizes it. Schwank takes two points in the game, while smashing a wonderful winner. Nadal though is up to it, takes the game Set score 2-0.
Schwank races into a 30-15 lead, but Nadal has other ideas. He pulls him back and takes three consecutive points and breaks in the very first game, perfect start for Nadal.
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