13 May 2010

Nadal canters through in Madrid

6:39 am on 13 May 2010

The claycourt tennis maestro Rafa Nadal again made it look all too easy in the latest stage of his French Open preparations with a 6-4 6-3 dismissal of Oleksandr Dolgopolov in the second round of the Madrid Open.

The world number three has already won two Masters events on his favoured surface this year, in Monte Carlo and Rome, and will be bidding for a fifth Roland Garros crown in Paris later this month.

Nadal will face the American John Isner in the last 16and if he reaches Monday's final, hel will reclaim the number two ranking for the first time since before the Australian Open in January.

The current number two Novak Djokovic pulled out of Madrid due to illness.