Nadal swept past Dutchman Robin Haase in the second round in straight sets 6-1, 6-4, 6-3, hitting a total of 33 winners and only 13 unforced errors in the process. Haase dropped his serve five times and could not manage to earn a single break point against the 9-time champion. The Spaniard has been in ominous form this clay season with his record now standing at 19-1.
The World No. 4 had the hot and humid weather conditions in Paris to thank for his game: “It’s true that if it is sunny, between 18 and 25 degrees, normally it is good for me, because the ball flies and we have good bounces on my forehand, especially,” He added “It is true that if the temperature go down and is raining or these kind of things, it’s obvious is a little bit worse for my game.”
Nikoloz Basilashvili who proved himself to be no pushover and defeated Viktor Troicki 7-6 (3) 7-6 (2) 7-6 (6) in his second round match where he won 74% of his first serve points and 50% of his second serve. He has hit an impressive number of 87 winners in his first two matches in Paris. The 25-year old should be pretty confident with his game having won three tie breaks in his second round match.
Basilashvili is an all-court type player with the records showing that the last two years being the best tennis years of his career with a 5-1 tally in his last 6 matches on clay.This is only the second third round appearance in a Grand Slam for the World No.63 who has registered wins against top-10 players like Dominic Thiem and Tomas Berdych.
Nadal and Basilashvili will be meeting for the first time in their career.
With both of them coming off straight sets wins over their respective opponents in the second round, Basilashvili will need to be aggressive from the get-go to stand any chance against Nadal, who, on the other hand, will try his hardest to wrap up the match as quickly as possible with some tough matches lined up for him in the second week.