Nadal enters danger zone after crushing Lajovic

Mon Jun 2, 2014 11:53am EDT
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By Julien Pretot

PARIS (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal dismantled Dusan Lajovic 6-1 6-2 6-1 at the French Open on Monday to cruise into the last eight and a showdown with fellow Spaniard David Ferrer, the man he beat in last year's final.

Eight-times champion and world No.1 Nadal improved his Roland Garros win-loss record to a remarkable 63-1 to advance having not dropped a set in Paris this year.

World No. 83 Lajovic of Serbia, who had not previously lost a set on his French Open debut, quickly went 5-0 down and never recovered, also losing the first four games of the second set to love.

"I think I played a great first set. In my opinion, he didn't play bad in the first set. He played a good set, too," said the defending champion.

"I played with no mistakes and having the control with the backhand, with the forehand from the baseline."

"It will be a very difficult match against David (Ferrer)," added Nadal, who ended the masterclass on his first match point with a thumping forehand down the line.

Ferrer is one of three players who have beaten Nadal on his favoured clay this season, prevailing in straight sets in the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters in April.

It was Ferrer's second victory on the slow surface against Nadal, 10 years after the first one in Stuttgart in their first encounter.   Continued...

Rafael Nadal of Spain prepares to serve the ball to Dusan Lajovic of Serbia during their men's singles match at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris June 2, 2014.      REUTERS/Vincent Kessler