Nadal, Djokovic march on as Muguruza survives

The man expected to give defending champion Djokovic a run for his money, fourth seed Rafael Nadal also produced a clay court masterclass for Robin Hasse of the Netherlands winning 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 in a match that lasted 111 minutes to romp into the third round.

The second seed, advised on a trial basis this week by the 47-year-old United States legend as the pair test out a more permanent arrangement, was untroubled on Wednesday by his 59th-ranked opponent from Portugal.

After 16 years on the road with his nephew, Toni Nadal said he's looking forward to spending more time at home in Mallorca with his wife and three young children. "I will try to learn as much as I can from him", said Djokovic.

Djokovic, a straight-sets victor over Marcel Granollers in round one, completed a 6-1 6-4 6-3 victory in just over two hours and will face Diego Schwartzman of Argentina in his next outing.

Nadal, the fourth seed from Spain, looked at his very best in outclassing Dutchman Robin Haase 6-1 6-4 6-3 in under two hours. "I think my serve worked better than two days ago", said Nadal.

"I'm very happy to be back here after what happened past year".

"Robin is a unsafe opponent always". No, no, I can't say another thing.

Dominic Thiem, the sixth seed, is another popular pick by experts and he breezed through Simone Bolelli, 7-5, 6-1, 6-3, on Wednesday.

The only other player to win 10 or more titles at a single Grand Slam is Margaret Court, who won 11 Australian Opens between 1960 and 1973.

France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the 12th seed, resumed his first-round match against Renzo Olivo of Agentinia.

Tsonga was weighed down by 73 unforced errors.

After dropping the opening set against 53rd-ranked Anett Kontaveit 7-6 (4), Muguruza was down a break in the second before coming back to take it 6-4 on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Nadal has been resurgent this season, winning three consecutive tournaments and losing as many finals in what is proving to be a fruitful 2017. I just know this is what he always taught me to be - a fighter, be a competitor, day in day out, so that's what I'm going to do. It was hard not to think about the restart. So far, he's gone about the defence of his French Open title with confidence. But such a scare never looked likely at the Spaniard's home from home at Roland Garros.

The double Wimbledon victor was disappointed to lose. "I came here to win the matches", Kvitova said. But I feel happy that I am back. "In upcoming weeks, it will be business as usual".

Seven-time grand slam victor Venus Williams cruised past Kurumi Nara with a 6-3 6-1 win to book a third round spot. I felt like maybe I took off the foot from the gas a little bit.

American Steve Johnson, still grieving the recent death of his father, advanced to the third round by beating Borna Coric Croatia 6-2, 7-6 (8), 3-6, 7-6 (6) in a hard-fought emotional match.

  • Julie Sanders