Nadal and Djokovic roll on, symmetry for Williams sisters

Thu May 26, 2016 2:54pm EDT
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By Martyn Herman

PARIS (Reuters) - A dominant Rafa Nada reached one career milestone on Thursday but the nature of the Spaniard's passage through the early rounds of the French Open suggests his eyes are fixed firmly on another more significant landmark.

The world number five, seeded four at the tournament he once owned, destroyed Argentina's Facundo Bagnis 6-3 6-0 6-3 to reach the third round with the loss of only nine games, chalking up a 200th match victory in grand slams.

"That's only another number and that's it," Nadal, who would become the only man to win the same grand slam 10 times in the professional era if he triumphs this year, told reporters.

"I know I have to play at a very high level in order to go deep. That's my sole objective, my only reality."

It was his first appearance on Court Philippe Chatrier, where he has sunk his teeth into La Coupe des Mousquetaires nine times, since being humbled by Novak Djokovic in a one-sided quarter-final last year.

World number one Djokovic, who dispatched Belgian qualifier Steve Darcis 7-5 6-3 6-4, will be a formidable obstacle again.

Djokovic, who has a burning desire to claim the only grand slam title to elude him, was, however, critical of his performance against a player nicknamed The Shark.

"There were things that I definitely didn't like in my game today. Too many unforced errors," Djokovic, who next plays Slovenian-born Briton Aljaz Bedene, told reporters.   Continued...

Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros - Rafael Nadal of Spain vs Facundo Bagnis of Argentina. - Paris, France - 26/05/16. Nadal reacts after he won. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol