Roland Garros 2018, Men's Singles, Round 2: Rafael Nadal vs Guido Pella, Live Match Updates

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedMay 31, 2018 16:01 GMT

Nadal def Pella 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 in 2 hours 3 minutes to enter the third round.


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15:58 (GMT)31 MAY 2018

And with that, Rafa is now in the third round and is five wins away from an unprecedented 11th title at Roland Garros.

15:57 (GMT)31 MAY 2018

The score looks like a very one-sided match, but it wasn't as comfortable for Rafa as the scoreline suggests!

Nadal had a very poor start, facing three break points in the first game of the match, and struggled a lot in the first set.

But he got better and better as the match progressed, just as it is expected from a player of his stature!

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Final score: Nadal def Pella 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 in 2 hours 3 minutes

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This time he DOES!

As Pella fails to put the ball across the net, Rafa WINS the match!!!!

15:53 (GMT)31 MAY 2018

The determined Rafa gets yet another match point.

Can he convert?

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Rafa had a match point on the Pella serve but the latter saved it in style!

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Just one more game is needed to have a Round 3 berth!

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Smooth as butter is Rafa's service game and he opens up a big 5-1 lead

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And Pella's defence is finally penetrated by a stinging return from Rafa!

Nadal leads 4-1

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Pella is putting up some strong defence here. Refusing to bow down to Nadal, but the top seed still manages to carve out a break point once again.

15:39 (GMT)31 MAY 2018

And Nadal has put the pressure right back at Pella.

He has a break point on the Pella serve

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Nadal doesn't have any problem on serve and has a breezy hold to build a 3-1 lead

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Rafa is pretty much on a roll now.

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He does BREAK!!!!!

Rafa breaks Pella for the fifth time in this match!!!!

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And Rafa scampers through the court to secure a break point on the Pella serve.

Can he break?

15:27 (GMT)31 MAY 2018

Pella made it 30-30 on the Nadal serve but the top seed finds out a way to hold his serve!


15:23 (GMT)31 MAY 2018

Pella starts off things in Set 3 with a service hold under two minutes.


Will that inspire him to make it tough for Rafa?

15:17 (GMT)31 MAY 2018

It's a cakewalk for the 10-time champion now.

He grabs the second set 6-1.

Just one set away from the third round!

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Pella responds well after that setback, despite Rafa looking very, very threatening.

Pella holds for 1-5.

Rafa will serve for the second set now.

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And Rafa HOLDs his serve for a huge 5-0 lead.

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Pella's resistance looks to be over as Rafa has raised his level.

15:08 (GMT)31 MAY 2018

Rafa is simply getting better and better. 

And the sun too is shining brightly now in Paris, aiding Rafa's heavy spinning game.

15:07 (GMT)31 MAY 2018

It has been all Rafa so far in this second set.

He has broken Pella twice in this set and is now up 4-0

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In the end, Pella crumbled!

Rafa BREAKS and leads 2-0

14:57 (GMT)31 MAY 2018

He was up 30-15 on the Pella serve but the Argentinian made it deuce.

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And Nadal is really putting his fellow lefty to a stern test.

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Let's see if this easy hold can inspire Rafa to have a breezy time in the second set.

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It is a blazing start for Rafa in Set 2.

He holds to 15


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But, in the end, it is Rafa, who stamps his authority!

First set goes to Rafa at 6-2

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And, just like that, he erased a fourth set point.

14:42 (GMT)31 MAY 2018

This has been a fabulous show of resilience from Pella. He continues to erase multiple set points.

With a dropshot, he erased a third set point

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And he erases yet another set point.

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And immediately Pella erases it with an ace.

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But Rafa responds with a great shot and has a set point.

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Pella refuses to be bullied by Rafa.

Showing his doubles prowess, he evens the score!


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What a shot!

Rafa finds the corner with his forehand!

He is now up 30-15 on the Pella serve

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Nadal took the first point on the Pella serve.

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Rafa holds and now leads 5-2

But this has been a struggle so far by Rafa's lofty standards

14:28 (GMT)31 MAY 2018

With a punishing forehand Rafa gets to 30-30.

But he gets a time violation warning here.

14:27 (GMT)31 MAY 2018

Again Rafa doesn't look at his dominant best. He is now 15-30 on serve

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Rafa finally converts the break point!


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In a battle if bruising rallies, it is Rafa who carves out a break point

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It's a third deuce as Pella just can't hold his serve

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He gets another game point here.

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Pella did very well to win three points on the trot and stave off the Nadal challenge but failed to close out the game

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The sudden injection of pace and intensity is troubling Pella

Faces break points at 15-40

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Nadal is upping the tempo now!

With deadly speed he rushes forward and comes up with a off-forehand volley.
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