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

Nadal def Pella 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 in 2 hours 3 minutes to enter the third round.
Updated: 31 May 2018 21:31 IST - Published: 31 May 2018 17:02 IST
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And with that, Rafa is now in the third round and is five wins away from an unprecedented 11th title at Roland Garros.
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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!!!!
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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.
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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?
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Pella made it 30-30 on the Nadal serve but the top seed finds out a way to hold his serve!

1-1
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Pella starts off things in Set 3 with a service hold under two minutes.


1-0


Will that inspire him to make it tough for Rafa?
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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.
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Rafa is simply getting better and better. 


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