Nadal has it easy over De Bakker

Nadal has it easy over De Bakker

On song: Rafael Nadal en route to his second-round win over Thiemo De Bakker. AFP

The world number three, gunning for an unprecedented sixth consecutive title in the glitzy principality, barely broke sweat in a 59-minute stroll on centre court.
Nadal, wearing white and blue check shorts, showed he was fighting fit as he sprinted towards the baseline before the first ball was hit and it made an impression on De Bakker.

The Dutchamn was no match for the Spaniard's raw power and devilish accuracy and left the court looking dejected. Although Nadal has not won an ATP tournament in 11 months, the Spaniard showed he would not be easy prey in Monte Carlo.
The fluttering flags gave the Monte Carlo Country Club a leisurely feel on a bright day and the tranquility of the gentle breeze was matched only by the glittering of the Mediterranean sea in the seamless background as Nadal raced to a 4-0 lead.
The hot sun made one want to recline and go to sleep -- the kind of fuzzy feeling you get after three glasses of Champagne.

The peaceful atmosphere was punctuated only by loud cheers when Nadal produced an exquisite counter lob or when De Bakker won his only game of the match.
The four-times French Open champion saw off three break points in the fourth game and never looked back.
After firing a ball into the stands, where excited fans tried to catch it, a smiling Nadal made a ball boy's day by giving him his headband.
Top seed Djokovic also eased into the third round with a 6-2, 6-3 win over France's Florent Serra.

The world number two, though, could have been more efficient in front of a capacity centre court crowd enjoying the event's first cloudless day.
Serbian Djokovic will next face Stanislas Wawrinka, seeded 13th, for a place in the quarterfinals after the Swiss beat Latvia's Ernests Gulbis 6-1, 6-4.
Djokovic got off to a flying start, mixing his game with cunning drop shots to open a 4-0 lead.

Serra pulled a break back in a 12-minute fifth game as he started to play more aggressively. Djokovic then saw off another break point in the seventh game, following up on his serve to clinch the opening set.

A long forehand by Serra gave Djokovic the early break in the second set but the Frenchman levelled for 2-2. Djokovic snatched the decisive break in the seventh game and wrapped up victory when his opponent sliced a backhand wide.

Jankovic advances
Serbian Jelena Jankovic overcame a sluggish start in her opening match at the Family Circle Cup on Tuesday to advance with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Romania's Edina Gallovits. Jankovic, the 2007 champion here and former world number one, needed little over two hours to finally put away Gallovits at the $700,000 event.
The second seed, who won her 12th career title last month in Indian Wells and had a first-round bye, had her serve broken four times by Gallovits on the green clay of the stadium court.

Russian seventh seed Vera Zvonareva booked her spot in the third round with a 6-2, 6-0 rout over Paraguay's Rossana de los Rios, while Canada's Aleksandra Wozniak outlasted Catalina Castano of Columbia 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.

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