Nadal defeats Rosol at ATP Masters

The seventh seed moved into the round of 16 with a 6-2, 6-2 win. He goes on to play the winner of the tie between South African Kenny Anderson and Austrian youngster Dominic Thiem on Thursday for a place in the quarter-finals.

Rafael Nadal attempts to hit a forehand against Lukas Rosol.   -  Getty Images

Rafael Nadal made short work of Lukas Rosol at the Paris Masters on Wednesday, defeating the big-serving Czech 6-2, 6-2 for a place in the last 16. Rosol famously stunned Nadal at Wimbledon in 2012 and he took the Spaniard to a third set tie-break at the same stage of the tournament in Basel last week.

But he was outplayed from start to finish by the seventh seed, who has never won the Paris hard-court tournament in contrast to his dominance on clay on the other side of the city at the French Open where he has won nine times. Nadal won the first three games and then broke again in the fifth game to stamp his authority on the tie.

The 14-time major tournament winner kept the pressure on in the second set and it took a toll on Rosol who handed the Spaniard another break to lead 3-1 with a wild forehand which sailed wide. There was no way back for Rosol as Nadal finished him off in just 61 minutes. Nadal goes on to play the winner of the tie between South African Kenny Anderson and Austrian youngster Dominic Thiem on Thursday for a place in the quarter-finals.

World number three Roger Federer produced a perfect blend of power and precision to advance to the third round of the Paris Masters with a straight-sets win over Italian Andreas Seppi.

The Swiss maestro claimed a 6-1, 6-1 win over Seppi in a lopsided second round contest that lasted just 47 minutes, Sport24 reported. Federer will next face American John Isner for a place in the quarter-finals.

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