The Spaniard looks to be as strong as ever and it will be very tough for anyone to stop him on his way to a 7th Roland Garros title. However, if the world no.1 Djokovic and the Swiss Federer are on top form, they have surely got a good chance to take the crown away from the Spaniard.
Nadal allowed his opponent very little, wrapping up the first set in just 36 minutes. Istomin’s only two chances to break the 6 time French Open champion came in the second set, but the Spaniard averted both of them and winning the last 10 games of the match, he set up a third round encounter against the winner of the match between Germany’s Florian Mayer and Eduardo Schwank of Argentina.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga needed four sets on his way to victory against Cedrik-Marcel Stebe of Germany, winning 6-2 4-6 6-2 6-1.
Despite the Frenchman’s words before the tournament that he can’t really see a French player winning this year’s Roland Garros, he still believes that if he plays well enough, he can mix up the cards a bit.
Also through to the next round is 19th seed Canadian Raonic, who overcame American qualifier Jesse Levine in straight sets 6-4 7-5 6-2. Raonic’ potential opponent in the last 16 could be the world no.2 Nadal.