Second seeded Rafael Nadal advanced into the third round of the Rome Tennis Masters after defeating German Florian Mayer 6-1 7-5.
There aren’t too many players out there with a positive head to head record against the Spaniard, but Mayer was one of them before the match, having beaten Nadal at last year’s Shanghai Masters.
However, the world no.3 didn’t allow his opponent much in the first set and cruised through it with some impressive performance. Mayer got broken twice and Nadal looked more than solid on his serve (won 100% of the points after the first serve), wrapping up the set in just 26 minutes.
Mayer stepped up a gear in the second set and the Spaniard started to make more unforced errors, partially because of the German’s more aggressive play. Nadal failed to convert the break opportunity he had in the opening game and the set went with serve until the 11th game, when he finally managed to take Mayer’s serve. After the change of ends, he held from being 0-30 down and booked his place in the third round.
Nadal’s next opponent will be another Spaniard Marcel Granollers, who beat Italian wild card holder Fabio Fognini 6-3 6-4.
Also through to the next round is 16th seed Frenchman Richard Gasquet, who overcame another wild card holder Paolo Lorenzi of Italy, winning 6-3 6-2.